MFA

3-Year Program

The core Stage Management curriculum includes seminars in specialized stage management skills, textual and performance analysis, production management, producing, score reading, directing, management theory, and design. Based on each student’s interests, studies may be augmented with electives in themed entertainment, producing for film, and entrepreneurship—all the while cultivating each student’s leadership, interpersonal skills, and ability to nourish creativity. 

All MFA Stage Management 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.

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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