School of Theater
Head of Lighting Design:
By the time they graduate, MFA Lighting Design students will:
- Have a complete command of the theatrical and concert lighting design process, including developing a conceptual approach, creating the required drafting and paperwork on up to date computer software and clearly and successfully articulating designs.
- Have produced original and expressive artistic work for the stage, reflected in a unique professional level design portfolio.
- Have the intellectual, technical and creative skills to embark on a professional career as a lighting designer.
- Be effective collaborators and communicators.
- Have the skills to create design presentations using computer aided rendering and animation.
- Have historical knowledge of the development of light as a medium in the fine arts, theater and architecture. Have the knowledge of scientific discoveries of the physiological effects of lighting and lighting design.
- Have a command of the methodology of the architectural lighting design process, including immersive environments including developing a conceptual approach, creating the required drafting and paperwork.
- Have an understanding of the work and methodology of design of environmental lighting design
- Have the understand of and ability to program state-of-the-art lighting consoles and the ability to use intelligent lighting fixtures.
Every student is assigned a faculty mentor who is responsible for guiding the student through the artistic and academic programs. CalArts emphasizes the creation of strong student-to-faculty relationships which enable students to draw from their instructors’ knowledge and creative spirit. Although students are initially assigned to a mentor, they have the freedom to change mentors at any point, and the student-mentor relationship continues throughout the student’s time at CalArts.
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If you wish to speak to a counselor for useful information on assembling a portfolio for admission, more information about our program, or for general questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (661) 255-1050.