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 interdisciplinary 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, exploring ideas of “theater” as an expanded field. The curriculum provides the foundation for advanced study in the métier practice of the student’s choice.  

Students may specialize in one or more of the following areas: Costume Design, Experience Design/Themed Entertainment, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Sound Design, Stage Management, and Technical Direction. 

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 Experience Design and Production 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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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

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