International Academic Transcript
Credentials, diplomas and certificates of secondary-school and college-level work must be presented in English translation. International students who have completed prior university-level courses from accredited institutions outside of the United States must provide an official course-by-course evaluation . The Office of Admissions requires you to use evaluated transcripts to determine if your undergraduate coursework is the equivalent to courses required for a U.S. bachelor's degree.
International students applying to MFA programs must submit evidence of receipt of an undergraduate degree and the issued certificate of completion or its equivalent. If the undergraduate degree awarded is from a college or university outside of the United States an official course-by-course evaluation must be provided with the official transcript. 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.
High School transcirpts do not need to be evaluated.
The professional credential evaluation services from which CalArts will accept evaluations, are listed below.
World Education Services
Educational Credential Evaluators
International Education Evaluations
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 in 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.
Submission of Transcripts
Scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended and order transcript evaluation(s) to be sent to CalArts if required for foreign university transfer credits and/or awarded degrees. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload a PDF of your scanned documents. 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. If no transcript is available, please upload a PDF document with a statement explaining the circumstances.
Do not mail hard copies unless from the following countries.
If you have transcripts from these countries, 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 to give plenty of time for their arrival. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Graduate Applicants from India with a Three-Year Bachelor's Degree
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
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 university or autonomous college responsible for conducting examination to CalArts.
Upon Admission to CalArts
Official transcripts can be submitted electronically using any credentialing service (Naviance, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, eTranscript) or by physical mail. Official transcript evaluation(s) can be submitted electronically
Official transcript evaluations can be ordered and submitted electronically.
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 in mail from the IBO with a paper transcript request form. Please visit the IBO website for more information.