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California Institute of the Arts was created in the 1960s by Walt Disney. The school offers programs in music, art, dance, film and video, animation, theater, puppetry, and writing. It puts great emphasis on interdisciplinary and contemporary art, while its main purpose is to develop exceptional artists, who will make real contributions in their field. California Institute of the Arts is organized into the following schools: School of Art, School of Critical Studies, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, School of Film/Video, The Herb Alpert School of Music, and the School of Theater. What is interesting about the school is that it does not consider an applicant's GPA as part of the admission process, but rather takes admission decisions only based on the applicant’s creative talent.

All Programs Available:
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Fine Arts
    • Music
    • Theatre
    • Performing Arts
    • Dance
  • Communications
    • Film TV and video
Language of instruction


Type of school

Private University




24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California, The United States, 91355


California Institute of the Arts is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. CalArts is also a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music, Dance, and Theater. The Institute's School of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.