BFA

4-Year Program

In the first two years, the BFA core curriculum is structured to expose students to the fundamental concepts and skills used by theater artists, fostering a sustained dialogue between thinking and making. In keeping with the School’s commitment to trans-disciplinary study, the core years are anchored in a series of project-driven Theater Studio Labs, in which students examine approaches to design thinking, visual communication and aesthetics, and explore ideas of “theater” as an expanded field. The core curriculum is intended to provide the foundation for advanced study in the métier practice of the student’s choice.  

Transfer and upper-division undergraduates work with their mentors to create training programs tailored to each student's individual needs and interests. The curriculum is highly individualized, with core program requirements serving as a framework for further studies customized to meet each student's goals and ambitions.

All BFA Design and Production students are required to pass a Mid-Residence and Graduation Review in order to complete the Program and obtain the BFA degree.

Students may specialize in one or more of the following areas:

Scene Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Technical Direction
Experience Design/Themed Entertainment

Full Curriculum

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

View Curriculum Requirements


The Undergraduate Experience

CalArts is committed to providing a broad program of general education designed to enable students to consider aesthetic questions within larger socio-cultural, ethical and political contexts.

Learn more about the General Education curriculum


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.

Digital Arts Minor

The Minor is designed to help undergraduate students grasp the knowledge to build, engineer and design innovative custom systems.

Digital Arts Minor

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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