Generally known as CalArts, the California Institute of the Arts is a highly-ranked private institution of higher education in performing arts in California’s Santa Clarita City. Established in the year 1961, the merger between two former institutions named the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute led to the formation of the institute. The institution holds affiliations from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the National Association of Schools of Dance to offer professional programs. It has accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The institution has a beautiful campus in a suburb of Santa Clarita. The site features well-maintained buildings, green spaces, parking areas, and walkways. The institution offers a range of academic, support and recreational facilities to ensure excellent learning and stay experience for the students. The main source of information at the institution is the library, which holds a wide collection of rare and unique books, journals, guides, magazines, and other printed volumes. Other than this, it also possesses a range of electronic sources like e-books, e-journals, databases, music, videos, CDs and DVDs that can be accessed for research, learning and teaching purposes. Special collection and institute archives are also accessible by both students and the faculty. The Walt Disney Modular Theatre is the most significant building on the campus. A113 is the space for major character animation classes. John Baldessari Building on the campus is the main art studio. Opened in 2009, the 300-m2 music pavilion named the Wild Beast houses several classrooms as well as indoor and outdoor performing spaces. The institution extends accommodation to a total of 1520 students, including both male and female, in its on-site housing facility. Additionally, the institution runs an online store for giving students the benefits of easy accessibility of apparel, stationery, and other accessories on the campus.
CalArts comprises six academic schools that offer a range of programs at doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate levels. The institution provides programs backed by professional training in the fields of art, dance, filming and videography, puppetry, animation, writing, music, and theatre. At present, the total student enrolment at CalArts is more than 1500, which includes both regular and exchange students. The institution has 262 faculty members on the roll, which includes 233 full-time and 29 part-time affiliates. CalArts maintains a comprehensive list of its alumni, keeps a record of their achievements and takes pride in celebrating them. The alumni list includes the names of many popular personalities who have gained recognition for their impressive contribution in respective fields of profession. Some notable names in the list are John Miller (Musician, Artist, and Writer), Stephen E. Selkowitz (Building Scientist), Klaus vom Bruch (Media Artist), Eric Fischl (Educator, Painter, and Sculptor), Nancy Chunn (Artist), Daniel Joseph Martinez (Contemporary Artist), Susan Kinsolving (Poet), Farhad Moshiri (Artist) and Laurie Halsey Brown (Artist and Curator).