MFA

3-Year Program

The Scene Design MFA curriculum allows each student to find and shape a personal artistic vision: to explore the means of expression through historical and current theory with the expressed intention of discovering new forms, theory, and means of expression. In addition, scene designers develop aesthetic sophistication through studying theory across a range of disciplines (e.g. music composition, performance theory, directing and semiotics). Students are encouraged to explore varied practices and skillsets, including performance, model making, drafting, painting, drawing and new media.

Scene 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.

View Curriculum Requirements


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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