CalArts Privacy Policy

Policy Statement 

This policy describes how California Institute of the Arts (“CalArts,” “we,” “our,” and/or “us”) uses and protects information collected through regular use of CalArts’ resources. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, the Personal Privacy Protection Law and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

CalArts complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as it pertains to student records. FERPA allows for the release of specified directory information at the discretion of CalArts. However, we will not disclose your personally identifiable information without your explicit consent, except to school officials with legitimate education interest. By submitting your personal information, you are consenting to CalArts holding and using your information in accordance with this policy. For more information about your rights under FERPA, please review the CalArts FERPA policy.

Information We Collect

We may collect and process the following information about you:

Registration information, including: 

  • Your name
  • Personal email address
  • Phone number
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Employer information
  • Program information
  • Mailing address
  • Demographic information

Payment Information, including: When you add a credit card or payment method to your account, a third party processor receives your card information. CalArts does not store full credit card information on our servers.

Communications: We may keep a record of any correspondence and any information provided.

For information on retention please see the CalArts Data Retention Policy 

How We Use Personal Information

Personally Identifiable Information

Personal information allows us to provide you with products, services and information and enables us to offer a customized experience and associated websites and services. We use personal information for the purposes described in this privacy policy or otherwise disclosed to you on our site.

  • We use the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) you submit and related correspondence for processing and administrative purposes relevant to your relationship with CalArts.
  • We may share your PII with internal CalArts partners, services, and systems.
  • We maintain industry standard security controls to ensure the integrity and security of any PII we collect.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information

We automatically receive and retain certain types of information whenever you interact with CalArts and our associated services and platforms. This information may be used to monitor website traffic, assist with the navigation, generate statistics, measure site activity, or other actions intended to improve your experience.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information includes but is not limited to:

  • Requested URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
  • IP (Internet Protocol) address (this may or may not identify a specific computer)
  • Domain name from which you access the internet
  • Referring URL
  • Software (browser/operating system) used to access the page
  • Date and time pages were visited

Your general demographic data may be used in surveys compiled by CalArts and shared with our University and/or business partners. 

Cookies and Tracking Technologies

We use "cookies" (small files placed on your computer) that enable us to recognize your browser to capture and remember certain information. For example, cookies may be used to identify you and maintain your signed-in status to CalArts services.

You may decline cookies if your browser permits, although doing so may interfere with your use of CalArts services. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session, like when your browser is closed. Your web browser may allow you to select a “Do Not Track” setting, which sends a signal to websites that you do not want information about your internet activity to be collected or tracked. Like many websites, this website does not respond to internet browser “Do Not Track” signals.

Cookies may be set by an organization other than CalArts. These “third-party cookies” may, for example, originate from websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or other social media services for which we have implemented plug-ins. Since the cookie policies of these sites change over time, you should determine their policies by visiting their privacy policy pages of these sites directly.

We employ web analytics technology that help us better manage content on our site. This technology can track your behaviors and activities on the Extended Studies platform.

Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of information we gather about you, we have taken commercially reasonable steps to protect the integrity of CalArts systems, platforms, and services and the information contained within.  

While we take reasonable precautions to protect your data, data security is the responsibility of all parties involved, and we cannot guarantee the security of your data.

You can help protect your account and information by:

  • Protecting your login information and keeping it secure and unique.
  • Creating a sufficiently complex password that would be difficult to guess.
  • Avoid storing your password in a place where others can view it.
  • Logging out of the CalArts services after use.
  • Avoiding posting any account information, including links, in public forums. This could include posting pictures of account information on services like Instagram, Twitter, etc.


We may disclose your personal information if a government authority requests information or if disclosure is required or appropriate in order to comply with laws, regulations, or a legal process.

All of the information (personally identifiable and otherwise) discussed in this Policy may be transferred to third parties in the event of sale or merger of CalArts, a transfer of its assets, or in the event of a bankruptcy.


This Privacy Policy applies to CalArts and websites or services we directly control only. There may be links to other websites or services that are outside of our control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and services and recommend you read their privacy statements.

Protection of Minors

We do not knowingly collect or maintain Personally Identifiable Information from persons under 13 years of age.  We will take appropriate steps to delete any Personally Identifiable Information of persons less than 13 years of age that has been collected without verified parental consent upon learning of the existence of such Personally Identifiable Information.

Contacting Us

If you have questions or issues regarding CalArts’ privacy practices or policies, please contact us by email at or at:

California Institute of the Arts
Attn: Privacy Officer / IT
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, California 91355

Changes to this Policy

This Privacy Policy is subject to change without notice. If CalArts  makes any changes to this policy, we will change the "Updated" date below. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy whenever you access this site to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy. 

Updated August 30, 2021