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School of Art


The School of Art offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Art, Graphic Design, and Photography and Media, as well as a graduate Integrated Media Program. The undergraduate programs lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and the graduate programs to a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.

Prospective students are invited to apply to one of the following:

Program in Art (BFA, MFA)
Program in Graphic Design (BFA, MFA)
Program in Photography and Media (BFA, MFA)
Program in Art and Technology (MFA only)

Coursework for these programs is drawn from more than 80 classes offered by the School of Art each semester. BFA students are further required to take general education courses in the School of Critical Studies while MFA students in the Integrated Media Program must enroll in Integrated Media (IM) classes every semester. School of Art students also take advantage of numerous elective courses throughout CalArts in the schools of Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater.

In order to graduate, students must complete all program and course requirements and pass regular faculty reviews of their artistic and academic progress.

Critical Studies BFA Requirements

A CalArts education is based on both artistic and intellectual rigor. To ensure that each undergraduate has the broad knowledge and cultural sophistication needed for successful arts careers in today's world, all candidates for the BFA degree must complete the Critical Studies undergraduate requirements in addition to coursework in their individual programs.

The School of Critical Studies enables students to excel in their métier by generating productive links between critical, intellectual, imaginative and creative inquiry. Classes provide a foundational starting point to learning that includes a breadth of study areas and approaches to study across the arts, humanities and sciences. Following this, students are encouraged to develop their Critical Studies work by making strong connections with their chosen métier projects by taking Critical Studies Minors as well as Independent Study options.

BFA candidates are expected to take either three or four Critical Studies classes (6-8 units) per semester as part of the total 46 units required for graduation. Typically, this amounts to 40 percent of each student's overall course load. The CalArts Critical Studies residency requirement applies to all students.

School of Critical Studies
Critical Studies Course Requirements

Last edited by cziemba on Feb 20, 2013
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