California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is a private art university in Santa Clarita, California. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the US created specifically for students of both the visual and performing arts. It offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees through its six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater.[7]

California Institute of the Arts
Other name
CalArts
TypePrivate
Established1961; 61 years ago (1961)
FoundersWalt Disney, Roy O. Disney, Nelbert Chouinard, Lulu May von Hagen
Endowment$234.4 million (2021)[1]
Budget$70.4 million (2019)
PresidentRavi Rajan
Academic staff
400 (Fall 2019)
Administrative staff
262 (Fall 2019)
Students1,523 (Fall 2019)
Undergraduates1,025 (Fall 2019)
Postgraduates492 (Fall 2019)
6 (Fall 2019)
Address
24700 McBean Parkway
, ,
91355
,
United States

34.3928°N 118.5673°W / 34.3928; -118.5673
CampusSuburban
Websitecalarts.edu
Location in Santa Clarita
California Institute of the Arts (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
California Institute of the Arts (California)
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CalArts
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
Main academic building

The school was first envisioned by many benefactors in the early 1960s, staffed by a diverse array of professionals including Nelbert Chouinard, Walt Disney, Lulu Von Hagen, and Thornton Ladd.[8][9] CalArts students develop their own work, over which they retain control and copyright, in a workshop atmosphere.


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