MFA

3-Year Program

The curriculum’s foundation studies cover the history of clothing, text analysis, construction, new technologies, management and graphic skills. Coursework emphasizes critical thinking and the designer’s contribution to the collaborative process not just as a costume designer but as a critical aesthetic voice in the development on any given project. In addition to theatrical work, students take part in other collaborative projects throughout CalArts such as film and video works, dance performances, and installations.

All coursework is designed to help each student help shape a distinct, original and personal voice and defining aesthetic, as evidenced in production work and an outstanding portfolio.

Costume Design 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.

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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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