3-Year Program

The Scene Design curriculum allows each student to find and shape a personal artistic vision through historical and current theory while discovering new forms, theory, and means of expression. In addition, scene designers develop an aesthetic sophistication through studying across a range of disciplines (e.g. music composition, performance theory, directing, and semiotics). Students explore and master varied skill sets, including performance, model making, drafting, painting, drawing, and new media.

All MFA Scene 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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