MFA

2-Year Program

The MFA in Art curriculum grants graduate students a great deal of freedom in designing a course of study that best suits their individualized needs. In the process, MFA students learn different strands of process and critique, learning to build as well as deconstruct as they uncover new ways to shape the physical world—and by extension the political and social realities they inhabit.

To earn the MFA degree, candidates must pass two faculty reviews of their overall artistic and academic progress—once at mid-residence and again prior to graduation. There is an expectation that a student will present a project or exhibition during the first year, and a requirement of such a presentation by the end of the second. Graduate students work in individual studios.

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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