The Revolting Lumpen, a classical opera Artist: Beck and Col CalArts 2019 Photo by Karlis Bergs

The commitment of California Institute of the Arts’ School of Art to artistic innovation and critical reflection has been key to the enviable success in training the practitioners who go on to make important contributions to their respective fields.

Unique programs in Art, Art & Technology, Photography & Media, and Graphic Design offer 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 art-making.

The faculty at the School of Art seeks out highly motivated, independent-minded students with a strong desire to make art and to challenge conventional ideas. With critique and individual mentoring at the heart of intensive educational experience, students will be guaranteed the flexibility to shape their own creative development, whether in painting or video, photography or performance, typography or sculpture, digital imaging or sound installation, or, increasingly, new options in multimedia technologies. CalArts gives students the necessary room to find their own voice.

For information on how to apply for fall 2020, visit or contact Senior Admissions Counselor to the School of Art, Miranda Hoffs, at

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