California Institute of the Arts

Located in Valencia, Los Angeles County, California

Background Information

Founded by Walt Elias DIsney in 1961. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States. CalArts was created specifically for students of both the visual and performing arts. CalArts provides a collaborative environment for a diversity of artists.


I plan to work in the School of Film/Video. The School is especially unique because it promotes the studies of all major types of filmmaking: dramatic narrative, documentary, experimental live-action, character-based animation, experimental animation, multimedia, and installation. Character Animation offers a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree only. Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs take either two or three years to complete, depending on the individual program. To receive the MFA degree, students must fulfill all program unit requirements and pass at least two faculty reviews of their work.

Tuition/Rank/Income and Possible Financial Aid

Tuition at CalArts is established annually by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change each year. Tuition is $39,976 for full-time enrollment. Tuition costs have historically increased each year, and this can be expected to continue, especially with sharp increases in California energy costs.