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California Institute of the Arts

111081
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Valencia, CA

University Website:  www.calarts.edu
Apply Online:  calarts.edu/admissions/apply-calarts

The California Institute of the Arts, colloquially called CalArts, is a university 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. It is authorized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in the visual, performing, and as of 1994, literary arts. The Herb Alpert School of Music was accredited in 2009 to grant a Doctor of Musical Arts.

The school was founded and created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by a diverse array of professionals. The institute was started as Disney's dream of an interdisciplinary "Caltech of the arts." CalArts provides a collaborative environment for a diversity of artists. Students are free to develop their own work (over which they retain control and copyright) in a workshop atmosphere, as respected members of a community of artists in which authority is constantly tested and where teaching works through persuasion rather than coercion. Intercultural exchange among artists helps in practicing and understanding of the art making process in the broadest context possible.

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California Institute of the Arts College Scholarships

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Vivienne Camp Scholarship

Jewish Family and Children's Services

Up to $4,350 Varies See Details

Vivienne Camp Scholarship

Jewish Family and Children's Services

award

Up to $4,350

deadline

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Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

$2,500 April 01, 2021 See Details

Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

award

$2,500

deadline

April 01, 2021
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Iris and Roger (Spike) Wilkins Scholarship

Ventura County Community Foundation

$2,000 January 26, 2026 See Details

Iris and Roger (Spike) Wilkins Scholarship

Ventura County Community Foundation

award

$2,000

deadline

January 26, 2026
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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Varies Varies See Details

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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Varies

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

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Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

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Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

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