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Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Deadlines (First Time Freshman and Transfer Students)

  • Preferred Deadline - Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Regular Deadline - Thursday, January 5, 2017

Either deadline is acceptable; applicants who submit all of the required materials (including the portfolio and supplemental materials) by December 1 will have a lower application fee.

Please know that applying for admissions and financial aid are separate processes. To be considered for federal financial aid or CalArts scholarships, please complete the financial aid process outlined on the financial aid pageDo not wait to learn of your admissions decision to apply for financial aid as the financial aid application deadline (February 15) is before our admissions notification period (March and April).

Undergraduate Application Fees:

Applications meeting the Preferred Deadline of December 1, 2016:

  • $50 for each domestic application
  • $65 for each international application

Applications meeting the Regular Deadline of January 5, 2017:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

After January 5, 2017 we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close. 

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check or money order after submission. Applications received without payment will not be processed. Fee waivers must be submitted in writing (with the student's full legal name), and may be sent after applying online. CalArts will accept the standard College Board fee waiver, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family financial hardship. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants and international applicants.

Graduate Deadlines (MFA, MA and DMA students)

Please refer to the schedule below to determine your school's application deadline.

December 1, 2016 

  • School of Art
  • School of Critical Studies
  • Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts

January 5, 2017

  • Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
  • School of Film/Video
  • School of Theater

After each school's deadline we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close. 

Please know that applying for admissions and financial aid are separate processes. To be considered for federal financial aid or CalArts scholarships, please complete the financial aid process outlined on the financial aid pageDo not wait to learn of your admissions decision to apply for financial aid as the financial aid application deadline (February 15) is before our admissions notification period.

Graduate Application Fees:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check or money order after submission. Applications received without payment will not be processed. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants and international applicants.

Spring 2017 Application Deadline

Preferred Deadline - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

After November 1, 2016 we will continue to receive applications on
a rolling basis until programs close.

Spring 2017 Application Fees:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

Select programs will accept applications for Spring 2017; the programs will be announced in late September.  

However, the following schools/programs do not accept new students for the Spring semester:

School of Art

  • MFA Program in Art
  • BFA and MFA Program in Graphic Design
  • MFA Program in Photography
  • MFA Program in Art and Technology

School of Critical Studies

  • MA Aesthetics and Politics Program

School of Film/Video

  • All programs (including animation)

School of Music

  • DMA Performer/Composer

School of Theater

  • BFA and MFA Acting
Last edited by kachzet on Sep 27, 2016
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