MFA

3-Year Program

The Technical Direction curriculum includes instruction across a mix of traditional skills, from early stage production to emerging and sometimes yet-to-be commercially available technologies. Coursework includes welding and statistical engineering, the stagecraft of illusion, AutoCAD, and interpretive strategies. Students train to become leaders of a team of technical designers, technicians, and craftspeople.

All MFA Technical Direction 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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