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California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is a small, private university in a suburban setting, near Los Angeles. It offers accredited program in the visual and performing arts. The school was founded by Walt Disney as a “Caltech of the arts”. Beginning in the summer of 1987, CalArts became the host of the state-funded California State Summer School for the Arts program.

Summer Programs at California Institute of the Arts

California State Summer School for the Arts offers rigorous pre-professional training in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and filmmaking for high school students. It is a program created by the California legislature for California residents, but admits a limited number of non-residents students at a higher tuition. Students study in one of seven departments – animation, creative writing, dance, visual arts, theater, music and film/video. Students may receive college credit.


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Day* - Tuition and sometimes meals
Stay** - Tuition, housing, and generally meals
Program Name Dates Day* Stay**
California State Summer School for the Arts
(Art,Creative Writing,Music,Theater,
Animation,Filmmaking,Dance Arts)
(Art,Creative Writing,...)
Valencia, CA
07/08/17 to 08/04/17 N/A $1,550