California Institute of the Arts

A sanctuary for cross-disciplinary training, the California Institute of the Arts School of Art actively promotes both the creative environment and the intellectual context for artistic experimentation.

The Programs in Art, Photography and Media, Art and Technology, and Graphic Design prepare graduates to thoughtfully challenge the prevailing conventions of artistic expression, develop new forms and become innovators and leaders in their chosen fields.

Each unique Program offers specific courses of study and yet none is isolated from the others. True to the Institute's founding ethos, students are highly encouraged to collaborate with one another across disciplines and to investigate hybrid art forms—not only within the School of Art but also throughout all of CalArts. This accumulation of varying expertise provides an invaluable foundation on which students can build an independent practice and expand upon the boundaries of artmaking.

Established 1961