CalArts uses an online portfolio  submission system. The online system accepts MP3's, documents, images and video. Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. There is a fee for each portfolio submission you make through the online system. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com  for technical support.
Applicants to the BFA and MFA Performer-Composer Programs should follow all guidelines for both the Composition Program and the Programs in Performance. The minimum of three works demonstrating your performance abilities should include at least one substantial piece chosen from traditional repertoire and at least two original compositions. The original works should also demonstrate how you integrate your performing and composing skills. Live auditions are encouraged when possible.
The application process for the DMA Performer-Composer Program consists of two sequential stages. Stage I comprises CalArts' standard application  plus an online portfolio  submission. Applicants selected to advance to Stage II will be notified in February and will be invited to the CalArts campus for an audition in March. Not all applicants will advance to Stage II.
Applicants who have advanced to this stage of the application process will be invited to visit CalArts’ campus during the month of March. Visiting applicants will participate in the following activities.
The Office of Admissions will return your portfolio to you by mail only if you send a prepaid self-addressed package for return mailing. Be sure to complete and include any of the necessary forms required by your service provider. Prepaid mailing labels and packages from USPS, UPS, FedEx, FedEx Ground, and FedEx International are all acceptable. If necessary, your local post office will be able to provide you with an estimate for the return postage amount.