BFA

4-Year Program

The BFA track is designed to challenge conventional notions of image and art, encourage experimentation with materials and ideas, and build each artist’s sense of the context and personal importance of their work. The curriculum is distinguished by its commitment to an evolving suite of technical courses that address continuing shifts in image-making toolsets and theoretical coursework that interrogates the condition of the image, authorship and medium in a contemporary, local and globalized world.

Mentors and program faculty provide continuous guidance and collegial artistic advice throughout the BFA Program as students develop the musical skills and creative voice they need to excel as professional lens-based artists after finishing at CalArts.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the BFA Core Curriculum, BFA Photography and Media students are required to pass a Graduation Review in order to complete the Program.

Full Curriculum

Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.

View Curriculum Requirements


The Undergraduate Experience

CalArts is committed to providing a broad program of general education designed to enable students to consider aesthetic questions within larger socio-cultural, ethical and political contexts.

Learn more about the General Education curriculum


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.

Digital Arts Minor

The Minor is designed to help undergraduate students grasp the knowledge to build, engineer and design innovative custom systems.

Digital Arts Minor

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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