California Institute of the Arts Reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars
(2 Reviews)
  • Valencia (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $49,276
0% of 2 students said this degree improved their career prospects
0% of 2 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
S. - 7/28/2020
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school is expensive and does not allow for much interdisciplinary study at a high level. The BFA Film program is extremely niche and experimental. It does not prepare students to work in the film industry with any specialized skill set. The film education (technically speaking) is general. The school indulges poor mental health and impracticality. This program has ties to the art world, not the film industry. It is most relevant if you want to be a video artist in that sense, though don't expect to make a living doing that. I would not recommend this program for people who want to work commercially, or want to make a living as a filmmaker. I would also not recommend this program for people who seek a broad arts eduction in different disciplines."
2.2 out of 5 stars
S - 10/15/2018
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017
"The BFA program is not supportive of a career in the film industry and tends to look down on any sort of commercial film-making. You are forced to watch a number of very boring experimental films made by the faculty and their friends. Tensions around "ethics" of artistic choices are high. The school as a whole is structurally rigid and does not allow for taking quality classes outside of your discipline (such as acting or dance). The non-art academics were also often not of quality. Self-indulgent poor mental health pervades the culture of the the school and the art generated there. The art people make at CalArts is at best "cool" and at worst deeply unsettling and disgusting. The building itself is cold and sterile. Santa Clarita is an extremely uninspiring place. The school is extremely overpriced."
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