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 analytical thinking and the costume designer’s creative contribution to the process, not only as a designer but also as a critical aesthetic voice in the development of any given project. In addition to theatrical work, students take part in other collaborative projects throughout CalArts including film/video, dance, music, and installations.

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

All MFA Costume Design students are required to pass a Mid-Residence and Graduation Review in order to complete the Program and obtain their 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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