CATALOG 2017 - 2018

Admissions Policies & Procedures


Apply to LACM, complete the online application, submit audition material & $60 application fee to:



First Time Freshman: If you are still in high school and graduating soon, or if you have graduated high school and have not earned college credit beyond the summer immediately following graduation, you need to submit your official high school transcripts. An admission decision may be granted during a student’s final year of high school study, but enrollment will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of high school graduation requirements.

Lower Division Transfer: If you have attempted college level credits beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation, you will need to submit your official high school transcripts AND official college transcripts for all schools attended.

Upper Division Transfer: If you have completed a Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college/university, you will need to submit only your official college transcripts. These must show proof of graduation at the Bachelor degree level. You may still be asked to provide proof of high school graduation to satisfy federal financial aid or immigration policies.

Professional Reference from an academic or music professional

Audition Requirements

Audition materials per program:

*note audition requirements are different per program. Please refer to the audition requirements link.


All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting an official score from at least one of the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT): Minimum score 70
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Minimum score 6

Scores may not be more than two years old at the time of application to LACM.

Applicants with schooling that has been completed outside of the United States are required to submit a credential evaluation report. You must submit official transcripts for evaluation by an accredited credential evaluation agency (including high school/secondary school). You may find a list at

Visiting Campus

Tours are given Monday through Friday 9 am -5 pm. Tours may be booked online (, by email ([email protected] or phone (626-568-8850). Visitors are encouraged to come to campus while classes are in-session. The visit may include sitting in on classes, meeting with instructors or current students, and admissions & financial aid counseling.


LACM will review all admissions materials and send notice of status of application. Once accepted students can enroll.

To Enroll and Accept Offer of Admission:

  • Complete enrollment agreement and submit to Admissions by email ([email protected])
  • Submit $150 deposit
  • Arrange payment for 1st quarter tuition.
  • International Students: Enrollment is provisional until all required documents are received (i.e. Student Visa Verification)

Transfer Credit Policies

LACM provides transfer credit services for students:

  • Domestic transcripts must be from an official nationally or regionally accredited institution
  • International transcripts must be submitted to a certified credential evaluation service

Each course submitted must have a grade of “C” (70% or 2.0) or higher. Grades from previous institutions do not count towards LACM student GPA.

LACM does not request transcripts on behalf of any student. A transcript is considered official only if:

  • It is sent directly from a college/university to LACM
  • It is given to either the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Registrar in a sealed and stamped envelope
  • It is not faxed; it is not opened; it is not a grade report

Following all transfer credit evaluations, domestic and international students will receive a transfer credit tracking sheet indicating the transferred courses (Please review General Education Transfer Credit Policy)

Accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a “reliable authority as to the quality of post secondary education” within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).


Transcripts from domestic institutions require evaluation during the application process. Students should send or have the institution send official transcripts reflecting all completed coursework to LACM. All transcripts should be delivered to the Office of Admissions (prospective students) or to the Office of Academic Advising (Continuing and Re-Admitted students).


Transcripts from all international institutions other than the United States must have their official transcripts evaluated from a NACES-approved Member Service evaluation agency. For a full list of NACES Members, please check the NACES website (

The transcript evaluation must include:

  1. A detailed report (course-by-course evaluation)
  2. A U.S. degree equivalency
  3. A U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalency


The LACM Bachelor’s degree requires general education coursework. As advice, anything taken within the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will be accepted as transfer credit for Domestic students only. From the IGETC, LACM will accept up to 35 credits of the general education credits required. All general education courses will be compared by description, course length, and credit value. If the comparisons of general education courses do not match at least by 80%, the course cannot be accepted as transfer credit. In addition, AP high-school credit courses are invalid if the AP exam was not taken or passed with a score of 3 or higher. CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Tests) exams are acceptable for credit. LACM awards college credit for most International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams with scores of 4 or higher. Information regarding International Baccalaureate can be found at

LACM accepts general education courses for transfer credit in the following areas:

  • Area 1: English Language Communication & Critical Thinking
  • Area 2: Mathematical Concepts & Quantitative Reasoning
  • Area 3: Arts & Humanities
  • Area 4: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Area 5: Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Area 6: United States History, Constitution, & American Ideals
  • Area 7: Continual Coursework & Life-Long Learning


LACM does not accept transfer course credit for grades:







The LACM Transfer Credit Committee evaluates all GE Transfer Credit requests within 2 weeks of receiving the official transcript(s) of all admitted and continuing students.


Currently enrolled LACM students transferring into another major or program of study at LACM may transfer all applicable credits earned into the new major or program of study. See Change of Major/Program for more information.


LACM does not directly transfer music credits from another institution except with affiliate colleges with articulation agreements. Students are encouraged to take proficiency placement testing. Students who proficiency a course through placement testing will receive credit for the course and are able to move on to the next level of instruction.


Students are eligible to proficiency credit in Ear Training & Theory 1-4 and Piano 1-4. A proficiency examination is required. Students have the opportunity to proficiency in these courses at new student orientation and during the time of study at LACM. To be considered for proficiency credit, the student must notify their instructor before the end of Week 1 in any quarter and receive approval from the instructor of the course and the Dean of Faculty and Students.