Submission of Transcripts
Upload unofficial copies of academic transcripts from all institutions attended in the online application. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript, even if the backside is blank.
You may also submit official transcripts electronically using any credentialing service (Naviance, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, eTranscript, SPEEDE network).
Uploaded unofficial transcripts should include the following: your name, the institution name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits, and grading legend.
If no transcript is available, please upload a PDF document with a statement explaining the circumstances.
Do not mail hard copies.
Undergraduate (BFA) Transcript Requirements
Graduation from an accredited secondary school or its CalArts approved equivalent is required to enter and graduate from either the undergraduate certificate or the BFA program. Equivalence may be established by completing the General Educational Development (GED) examination or a comparable regional test such as the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).
Graduate (MFA and MA) Transcript Requirements
College academic transcripts are required of all MFA applicants. College transcripts should cover all work undertaken and should be sent for each institution attended.
Completion or the expected completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required of all MFA applicants. We do not need high school transcripts from Graduate (MFA & MA) applicants.
Doctorate (DMA) Applicants
Graduate school academic transcripts are required of all DMA applicants. Transcripts should cover all work undertaken and should be sent for each institution attended.
Completion or the expected completion of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for all DMA applicants. We do not need high school transcripts from DMA applicants.
Transcripts are also required of Transfer Applicants. Be sure to review Transfer Applicant Requirements for additional transcript requirements.
International Academic Transcripts
If you studied at an institution outside the United States of America, consult our International Student Guidelines to determine what requirements apply to your application.
Upon Admission to CalArts
As soon as you learn of your admission to CalArts, please arrange to have your in-progress, official transcripts sent to CalArts. If you decide to join us at CalArts, you will be required to submit final official transcripts with degree conferral and graduation date. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically using any credentialing service (Naviance, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, eTranscript, SPEEDE Network) or by physical mail.
Applicants from Chinese institutions may request and submit official transcripts directly through CHESICC. Requests are processed by CHESICC and will be sent electronically to the CalArts Office of Admissions. Do not submit a paper copy of your transcript if you have requested transcripts through CHESICC. Access CHESICC.