3-Year Program

The graduate curriculum includes instruction in a mix of traditional skills developed from early stage production combined with emerging and sometimes yet-to-be commercially available technologies, including coursework in welding and statistical engineering, the stagecraft of illusion, AutoCAD and interpretive strategies. Students are trained to become leaders of a team of technical designers, technicians and craftspeople, able to generate a tangible world from abstract ideas, drawings and conversations.

Technical Direction 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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