Valencia, CA
California Institute of the Arts


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Recent Reviews

vita
Describe the students at your school.

90% are probably extremely talanted artists and 60% of them are crazy.

Describe the students at your school.

90% are probably extremely talanted artists and 60% of them are crazy.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In general, one should try to go to the best school that they can get into. If this wisdom does not work, one should take the student's world experience, maturity as a pupil, and financial situation into consideration when picking a school. It also helps to speak to current students, inspect the faculty and guest leacture list, and inquire into the kind of work the students produce or what they do once they graduate. In the end, it all comes down to what one wants to study.

Bryan
Describe the students at your school.

These people are extremely talented artsists who have so much to offer the world.

Describe the students at your school.

These people are extremely talented artsists who have so much to offer the world.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Calarts is a place where you can express yourself. It puts absolute control in your hands and you can make it the place that you want. But there is some red tape and be prepared to fight for what you want in some departments. But for the most part, you are in control.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't make a decision based on money. Do what you want to do and be who you want be. Don't settle. Ever.

Matthew
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is very nice, very creative.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is very nice, very creative.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice to students and parents looking for the right college would be first and foremost, find schools that have departments in your field with good reputations, then visit those schools to find out if they feel right. You can learn a lot about what it will be like to attend a college or university just by walking around and observing. The best time to visit is going to be during the school year when classes are in session, so you can get a real feel for campus life. Are you better off at a small, private college where you can meet most of the students? Or being totally anonymous at a huge university? Does having an urban setting matter to you? Or will you settle for suburban or rural? Second, think about how much the quality/cost of the education will be relevant to your career goals. Maybe the most important thing to go into your preferred line of work is the diploma, but maybe it is the critical and creative thinking learned in small classes at a private college. The point is, find the place that is right for you- both now and in the future.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It is very expensive, for degrees in art with which it is going to be hard to make enough money to pay the school back.

ryan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First off, parents, your kids made it through high school, and you need to allow them to make a college choice that?s right f...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First off, parents, your kids made it through high school, and you need to allow them to make a college choice that?s right for them, not what you think is right. So trust your children, because they'll do what they want to anyways, and if you let them, you'll most likely remain more informed about their life choices and that makes everyone?s life better. Now students don't just go to a school because of the parties or because of how good it supposedly is. You need to go there and really experience it, before going. Don?t be close-minded about the types of people that go there but be aware of how open minded the student body is. And most importantly make sure that the school is good at facilitating what you love to do, even if you know that it won't be you major, because is very important to never stop the things you love.

What's unique about your campus?

I feel that the best thing about CalArts is the sense of community, which is extremely strong. I feel that when the community is strong that it allows for strong growth in an individuals field. We must learn to be one with each other before we can find ourselves.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Mostly artist of specific fields, dance, fine arts, film, acting, music, and animation. But I feel that it is not limited to that and the school is very open to the acceptance of any individual who is creatively inclined or is compelled by the arts. But I feel that students here must be open minded and willing to work with students and teachers from all the departments.

Brian
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school of Animation is the best in the country, and is the main feeder for the large animation firms in the Los Angeles B...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school of Animation is the best in the country, and is the main feeder for the large animation firms in the Los Angeles Basin.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Spend a few days at the schools you wish to attend. Try meeting students and ask them about their own experiences, because admissions can tell you many wonderful things about the school, and they may be true, however, until one listens to someone living the experience, one doesn't really know the truth.

What kind of person should attend this school?

First and foremost; an individual with artistic ambitions within any field should see what CalArts is all about. If one wishes to be at the forefront of the "Avant-Garde" CalArts is the perfect school to attend.

Amanda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you really do your research and actaully visit the school when it is in sesion and come around the campus at all times of the day to get the REAL feel of the place.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The drung use and how all the arts schools dont seem to be very coheasive.

Michael
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is what you make it to be; or so it may seem.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is what you make it to be; or so it may seem.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is difficult to make the right choice. For some career paths the most prestigious schools are difficult to turn away even when faced with their high costs. I would not tell a student to avoid applying to schools that seem unaffordable, but aid should be sought.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known more about my career choice. It is rather vague, sometimes seemingly friendly & open yet often times appearing to be highly competetive with undefined standards for success. Costs of failure are also rather high.

Alex
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A fantastic place to go if you want to work in the animation industry, even though the tuition is astronomical, particularly ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A fantastic place to go if you want to work in the animation industry, even though the tuition is astronomical, particularly considering that housing is limited and the cafeteria is abominable and the "critical studies" program is a complete joke.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being the incubator that housed such talented alumni as John Lassetter, Pete Docter, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, and many (if not most) of the top movers and shakers in the animation industry.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The problem with giving broad, blanketed 'advice' is that it assumes everyone has the same goals and priorities. So if I have to give advice, I guess the first peice would be to sort those out. Sit down and ask yourself- What do I want to get out of college? Where do I see myself in four years? How much am I willing to pay- (How much is my education worth to me and how much can I afford?) For me, I wanted a school that would launch me into a career in animation, and my school, for all its failings, has done just that. That being said, no matter where you go to college, dont expect the school to do all the work for you. Your education is your own responsibility, and the more you put into it, the more you're gonna get out of it. If your history class isnt digging deep enough into a subject, check out your own books, do your own studies. If the film program doesnt require you to make a film until your senior year, make one anyway. In fact, make ten. It's YOUR passion- dig into it.

Natalie
Describe the students at your school.

Queer, fun, interesting, opinionated, artistic, talented, creative.

Describe the students at your school.

Queer, fun, interesting, opinionated, artistic, talented, creative.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Firstly look for somewhere that appeals to your interests. Secondly look closely at the financial dedication. It might be too expensive, and loans are an option but later on costly.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A non artistic person, and someone who wants a very conservative artistic community.

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  • Enrollment
  • 959
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $45,646
  • Acceptance rate
  • 24%

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