California Institute of the Arts CalArts

24 months
48660 USD/year
48660 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Graphic Design I (Lecture) 
  • Graphic Design I (Studio) 
  • Design Issues 
  • Skills for Visualization 
  • Digital Design Lab I 
  • Digital Design Lab II 
  • Intro to Digital Photography 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit Your Application
  • Artist Statement
  • Submit Required Supplementary Materials
  • Portfolio and Audition Requirements
  • Official college transcripts are required of all MFA applicants. College transcripts should cover all work undertaken and should be sent from each institution attended. All transcripts must be official transcripts issued from the institution you attended. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48660 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    48660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48660 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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