California Institute of the Arts Rankings

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Rank Ranking
#3074 of 14,131 In the World
#893 of 2,597 In North America
#824 of 2,496 In the United States
#73 of 249 In California
#1 of 2 In Santa Clarita
#828 of 1,017 For Fashion Design
#844 of 1,252 For Photography
#2391 of 2,700 For Art & Design

Quick Review

Acceptance rate
27%
Avg. cost to attend
$59,367 /y
Aid receiving
98%
Undergraduates
762
Graduates
404
Male:Female Ratio
45:55
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
calarts.edu

California Institute of the Arts Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 27% 29% 27%
Applicants 2,254 780 1,474
Admissions 618 225 393
Freshmen enrolled full time 144 59 85
Freshmen enrolled part time 9 7 2

Admissions requirements

Formal demonstration of competencies Required
Recommendations Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
College-preparatory program Considered but not required
Secondary school GPA Considered but not required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
SAT/ACT Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White 444 (38%)
Nonresident Alien 311 (27%)
Hispanic 154 (13%)
Asian 82 (7%)
Two or more races 68 (6%)
Black or African American 58 (5%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 45 (4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 2 (0.2%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Net average cost to attend
$59,367/year
Average aid awarded
$14,649
Students receiving aid
98%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $52,801
$30-48K $51,512
$48-75K $55,675
$75-110K $58,534
$110K+ $62,385

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $52,850$52,850
Tuition in-state $52,850$52,850
Tuition out-of-state $52,850$52,850
Fee in-district $616$616
Fee in-state $616$616
Fee out-of-state $616$616

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity 532
Combined charge for room and board $12,809
Room charge $7,040
Meal charge $5,769

California Institute of the Arts Majors

Major Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects 39 9
Acting 29 13
Music Theory and Composition 15 20 4
Cinematography and Film & Video Production 14 24
Fine & Studio Arts, General 22 16
Technical Theatre & Theatre Design and Technology 18 10
Photography 14 8
Music Performance, General 12 10
Dance, General 14 2
Creative Writing 16
Jazz & Jazz Studies 11 4
Graphic Design 12
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 7 4
Digital Communication and Media & Multimedia 11
Cultural Studies & Critical Theory and Analysis 11
Music, General 8
Theatre & Theatre Arts Management 7
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 6
Directing and Theatrical Production 3
Costume Design 3
Grand Total 215 177 4
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 66% 62% 69%
  • Full-time retention rate - 60%

Publications & Citations

Publications
131
Citations
1,486

Publication / Citation count by topic

Art & Design
53 / 229
Computer Science
53 / 263
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
51 / 119
Engineering
42 / 186
Human-Computer Interaction
22 / 76
Sociology
16 / 29
Robotics
13 / 52
Fashion Design
12 / 47
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
10 / 57
History
9 / 9
Philosophy
9 / 46
Aesthetics
9 / 12
Multimedia
8 / 98
Art History
7 / 12
Psychology
7 / 435
Music
6 / 34
Literature
6 / 19
Physics
5 / 25
Computer Graphics
5 / 7
Creative Writing
5 / 18
Graphic Design
5 / 10
Political Science
4 / 7
Technical Drawing
4 / 12
Business
4 / 25
Medicine
4 / 15
Biology
4 / 621
Environmental Science
4 / 456
Photography
3 / 2
UX/UI Desgin
3 / 12
Electrical Engineering
3 / 15
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
3 / 0
Media Studies
3 / 13
Game Design and Development
3 / 11
Gender Studies
3 / 1
Acoustical Engineering
3 / 4
Animation
3 / 1
Economics
2 / 1
Sexology
2 / 0
Illustration and Concept Art
2 / 0
Electronic Engineering
2 / 2

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 2 2
1992 1 0
1993 0 1
1994 2 2
1995 1 2
1996 2 2
1997 5 2
1998 2 3
1999 3 2
2000 0 2
2001 0 4
2002 4 3
2003 2 10
2004 1 6
2005 2 27
2006 3 25
2007 1 48
2008 6 56
2009 7 59
2010 10 54
2011 9 79
2012 11 96
2013 20 130
2014 10 147
2015 8 136
2016 7 127
2017 5 130
2018 10 100
2019 7 105
2020 4 127
2021 2 114

California Institute of the Arts alumni

  1. Tim Burton

    Tim Burton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Enrolled in California Institute of the Arts
    Studied in 1981
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriterfilm producerwriterdesigner
    Biography

    Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, animator, and artist. He is known for his gothic fantasy and horror films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Frankenweenie (2012). Burton also directed the superhero films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the fantasy-drama Big Fish (2003), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and the fantasy films Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

  2. Alison Brie

    Alison Brie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Enrolled in California Institute of the Arts
    In 2005 graduated with bachelor's degree in theatre
    Occupations
    television actorvoice actorfilm actorstage actor
    Biography

    Alison Brie Schermerhorn is an American actress, writer, and producer. Her breakthrough role, Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men (2007–2015), won her a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009. She gained further prominence for her role as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community (2009–2015). Her notable work also includes Diane Nguyen in the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman (2014–2020) and Ruth Wilder in the comedy-drama series GLOW (2017–2019). For the latter, Brie received two Golden Globe Award nominations.

  3. Katey Sagal

    Katey Sagal
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    actorsinger-songwritersingercomposertelevision actor
    Biography

    Catherine Louise Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for playing Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children (1987–1997), Leela on Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013, 2023–present), Cate Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005), Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2011, Dr. Jones on Shameless (2018–2019), and Louise Goldufski-Conner on The Conners (2018–present).

  4. Ed Harris

    Ed Harris
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Enrolled in California Institute of the Arts
    In 1973 graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Occupations
    film actorfilm directorcharacter actorscreenwriterfilm producer
    Biography

    Edward Allen Harris is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. His performances in Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), Pollock (2000), and The Hours (2002) earned him critical acclaim and Academy Award nominations.

General info

Alternative names CalArts
Founded 1961
Motto No information in advance of need
Academic Calendar September to May
Total FTE staff 400
Carnegie Classification Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools

Location and Contacts

Address 24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, California, 91355-2397
United States
City population 229,000
Phone 6612551050
Fax +1 (661) 253 7712

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