MFA

2-Year Program

The MFA curriculum combines the modeling strategies of architecture and electronic design with the creative problem solving approaches of industrial and production design. Development of management and leadership skills will prepare students for today’s increasing industry demands. Students will engage in multiple projects to experience and develop a diversity of professional practices in live performance, film and immersive environments.

Applied Arts MFA candidates are required to pass a Graduation Review to complete the Program and obtain the MFA degree.

Full Curriculum

Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.

View Curriculum Requirements


Interdisciplinary Opportunities

In addition to CalArts' rich and diverse community and naturally collaborative atmosphere, the Institute provides several programs of study that can be pursued concurrently with a student's chosen metier.

Integrated Media

The Integrated Media concentration is designed specifically for MFA students whose creative use of technology—in particular digital media—goes beyond their primary areas of study.

Integrated Media

Interschool Degree

This option is available to a small number of graduates and advanced third- and fourth-year undergraduates whose skills and artistic interests warrant pursuing a degree in more than one School.

Interschool Degree


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