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  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California Institute Of The Arts
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  • CalArts is the first U.S. higher educational institution to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in both visual and performing arts. It was established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney through the merger of two professional schools, the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, founded in 1883, and the Chouinard Art Institute, founded in 1921. CalArts moved to its permanent home in Valencia in 1971 and added degree programs in dance, film and theater to those in art and music. A graduate writing program was subsequently created in 1994. Since its founding, CalArts has been recognized internationally as a leader in every discipline in which it provides instruction. Its faculty and alumni have defined, and continue to extend, the very forefront of creative practice as we know it today.
  • Created specifically for students of visual and performing arts, it was the first degree-granting higher education institution of its kind. CalArts is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in visual, performing, and literary arts.
  • A school created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by an alternative array of professionals, CalArts provides a collaborative environment for all sorts of artists. Students are free to develop their own work (over which they retain control and copyright) in a workshop atmosphere, as respected members of a community of artists in which authority is constantly tested and where teaching works through persuasion rather than coercion. Intercultural exchange among artists helps in practicing and understanding of the art making process in the broadest context possible.
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  • CalArts is the first U.S. higher educational institution to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in both visual and performing arts. It was established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney through the merger of two professional schools, the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, founded in 1883, and the Chouinard Art Institute, founded in 1921. CalArts moved to its permanent home in Valencia in 1971 and added degree programs in dance, film and theater to those in art and music. A graduate writing program was subsequently created in 1994. Since its founding, CalArts has been recognized internationally as a leader in every discipline in which it provides instruction. Its faculty and alumni have defined, and continue to extend, the very forefront of creative practice as we know it today.
  • Created specifically for students of visual and performing arts, it was the first degree-granting higher education institution of its kind. CalArts is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in visual, performing, and literary arts.
  • A school created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by an alternative array of professionals, CalArts provides a collaborative environment for all sorts of artists. Students are free to develop their own work (over which they retain control and copyright) in a workshop atmosphere, as respected members of a community of artists in which authority is constantly tested and where teaching works through persuasion rather than coercion. Intercultural exchange among artists helps in practicing and understanding of the art making process in the broadest context possible.