3-Year Program

MFA Lighting Design curriculum centers on developing critical and practical skills with coursework that includes lessons in immersive lighting design, AutoCAD, digital rendering and vector works, and strategies for live performance. Students are taught how to understand the physiological and psychological effects of light in addition to other scientific principles of phenomenology.

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 professional-level Lighting Design portfolio.

Lighting 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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