Master On Campus

Creative Writing

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

24 months
52850 USD/year
52850 USD/year
Tuition fee
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All MFA Creative Writing students at California Institute of the Arts CalArts are expected to attend closely to questions of form and aesthetics, as well as to the historical and critical contexts of literary work. 


Most classes combine workshopping of student-generated work with discussion of assigned texts. Students in the Creative Writing program at California Institute of the Arts CalArtsare are also encouraged to explore the intersections between writing and other media/art forms, such as performance, digital media, visual art and film. 

Key Features

  • While not all classes are offered every year, over the two-year program all students will take a wide selection, honing their individual visions and practices while experimenting with new forms and subjects. 
  • Writing students also benefit from being able to take courses for elective credit in the MA Program in Aesthetics and Politics, as well as other MFA/upper-level BFA courses throughout the Institute.

Programme Structure


  • Image + Text
  • Writing and Performativity
  • Writing and Its Publics
  • Documentary Strategies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Credentials, diplomas and certificates of secondary-school and college-level work must be presented in English translation. International students applying to MFA programs must submit evidence of receipt of an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. 
  • The records must clearly state the date of completion (or the anticipated date of completion) and the level of education received with notations as to the number of hours attended per week and the total number of weeks completed.
  • Scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload a PDF of your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript, even if the back side is blank.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52850 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    52850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52850 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for California

1570 - 2658 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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