International Academic Transcript Requirements
Secondary, High School, or Equivalent Transcripts
High School level transcripts must be uploaded as part of your application, with an English language translation if those transcripts are in a language other than English. Please scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, the institution name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits, and grading legend.
If you are also submitting Post-secondary school, undergraduate, or college level transcripts to be considered for transfer credits and/or awarded degrees, you will need to order course-by-course evaluations of your transcript from an accrediting service for these credits. Please see the Post-Secondary School, Undergraduate, or College Transcripts section below.
Do not mail paper copies of your transcripts, unless from the following countries:
If your transcripts were issued from institutions located in the countries above, we require that you submit official documents directly from the issuing institutions. Please arrange to have them sent as soon as you decide to apply, allowing plenty of time for their arrival.
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In the very rare case that no official transcript is available, please upload a PDF document with a statement explaining the circumstances.
CalArts awards credit for IB courses with Higher-Level examination results of 5 or higher. Standard-Level results are not considered for credit. In order to be awarded credit, students must request an official transcript from the IBO to be sent directly to the CalArts Office of the Registrar. Any score reports not received directly from the College Board are considered unofficial and will not be used to award credit. Transcripts must be requested by mail from the IBO with a paper transcript request form. Please visit the IBO website for more information.
Students with superior ‘A’ level results may petition the appropriate department of the University for up to two credits (the equivalent of two semester courses) for an ‘A’ level passed.
Post-Secondary School, Undergraduate, or College, or Equivalent Transcripts
As part of the online application, upload an unofficial, digital copy of your transcripts (for example, a PDF scan), with an English language translation if applicable. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript, even if the back side is blank. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, the institution name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits, and grading legend. Please scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended.
If you studied at an undergraduate or college level institution outside the United States of America, you must also submit your transcripts for a course-by-course evaluation by a professional credential evaluation service. If you are applying to CalArts as a graduate student (a MFA, MA, or DMA student) or undergraduate transfer student, and your BFA, BA, or equivalent level degree or coursework is from any educational institution outside of the U.S.A., then this requirement applies to you.
Here are the required steps:
- In your application, upload an unofficial copy (for example, a PDF scan) of your undergraduate level transcript, with an English language translation if applicable. Ensure that you scan all pages, both front and back.
- Submit your application. You may notice that an item in your application checklist, Evaluated Transcript, is incomplete, but this will not delay the artistic review of your submitted materials.
- Submit your transcripts to one of the professional credential evaluation services listed below for a course by course evaluation:
All records submitted must clearly state the date of completion (or the anticipated date of completion) and the level of education received, with notations as to the number of hours attended per week and the total number of weeks completed.
All evaluation results must be sent to us directly. You may submit your application to CalArts and then request this evaluation at a later date. If we require this evaluation to determine the next steps in your application, we will contact you again. You may wait for this followup communication prior to submitting your transcript for evaluation by a professional credential evaluation service.
Graduate Applicants from India with a Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree
CalArts will accept a three-year Bachelor's degree from India as equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the US on the basis of specific criteria:
University Quality - University accredited by the NCAA with a grade of "A"
Student Performance - The degree was earned in the Division/Class I
Here are the minimum education admission documents required for a graduate program for students from India:
- Final or Provisional Degree Certificate (send legible copy of document to CalArts)
Examples: Bachelor Degree, Master Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Doctorate
- Annual Statement of Marks / Academic Transcript
This is an official document issued by the institution responsible for conducting the examinations (e.g. university, constituent or autonomous college). It lists all subjects/papers taken and marks earned for each year of study. This document should be sent directly from the university or autonomous college responsible for conducting examination to CalArts.
CalArts May Request Additional Evaluation or Copies
In all cases, CalArts reserves the right to request additional credential evaluation or official paper copies of any transcripts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Upon Admission to CalArts
If you are admitted to CalArts, we will require that official transcripts be submitted electronically using any credentialing service (Naviance, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, eTranscript) 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. Get started.
International Baccalaureate score reports must be received directly from the College Board. Transcripts must be requested by mail from the IBO with a paper transcript request form. Please visit the IBO website for more information.