The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts. CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, and fostering brilliance and innovation with the broadest context possible. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental work, and students are admitted solely on the basis of artistic ability. To encourage innovation and experimentation, CalArts' six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--are all housed under one roof in a unique, five-story building with the equivalent of 11 acres of square footage in Valencia, California, just 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.
Ableton Live is used by faculty and students in a variety of different ways at CalArts. From courses on audiovisual sound design to theater sound composition or music technology, Ableton Live is an integral part of the interdisciplinary curriculum at CalArts.