• Rank: # 262nd Times Higher
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California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts, commonly referred to as CalArts, is located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. The school was founded and created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by a diverse array of professionals. CalArts has a long and rich tradition of attracting and welcoming the most talented international students in the world. One out of every five students at CalArts is international, representing nearly 50 different countries. Many of CalArts distinguished faculty are also international, adding to the artistic and academic diversity of our community.- Connect with The California Institute of the Arts on Univariety today.


# 262nd

Times Higher 2017

Admission Criteria & Eligibility

English Language Proficiency
Applicants are expected to be proficient in the English language before applying for admission. Applicants with a native language other than English must take the internet based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores for admissions are 80 TOEFL ibt or 6.5 IELTS for undergraduates and 100 TOEFL ibt or 7 IELTS for graduates.  The TOEFL or IELTS score must be received by the Regular Application Deadline. Applications from international students with a native language other than English may not be reviewed if they do not include a TOEFL or IELTS score.
Please note that CalArts reserves the right to ask you to take the TOEFL or IELTS at any point during the application process if your English proficiency is in question.

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California Institute of the Arts

24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, California, United States of America, 91355

Phone: + 1- 661- 255-1050
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