California Institute of the Arts

Sam Chen
Critical Studies - grad program only
Conceptual-orientation, all arts collaborate with other arts
Located in Valencia, CA - a suburb of LA - 45 minutes from downtown
1,600 students - 1/3 are graduate students
23% of students are international
Open 24/7 - can work on your project anytime
Student to faculty ratio is 7:1
Every student has a faculty mentor
Art - art, photography & media, art & technology, graphic design
all students get their own studio for 4 years 
also get your own “show”

Dance - dance, choreography

lighting, costume - everything studied
8 concerts per year 
Film/Video - character animation, film directing, film & video, experimental animation
largest school
every student must make a film every year
Music - voice, composition, world music performance, music technology, musical arts/experimental pop/performer-composer
12 concerts per week
5 recording studios on campus
Theatre- design and production, seen design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, technical direction, interactive media, applied design,
2nd largest school at CalArts
one of only 5 modular stages in the world
Critical Studies
liberal arts - can only minor
Housing - not required to live on campus, housing not guranteed
Dec 3 - preferred deadline (lower fee), regular deadline is January 7 
Do not accept test scores
Portfolio/audition are most important - acting audition must be done in person, music can send a tape
Transcript, Letters of Recommendation
Artist Statement
not on Common App
Campus Tour - every day at noon - no need to make reservations