Photography and Media

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

Master On Campus
24 months
52850 USD/year
52850 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Photography and Media Program at California Institute of the Arts CalArts centers on graduate critiques, seminars and independent studies with faculty, as students devote the majority of their time to creating a distinctive body of work. 


We offer a master degree in Photography and Media at California Institute of the Arts CalArts. Seminars stress critical theory, contemporary issues and history, while critique classes establish the basis for dialogue about ongoing work among students and rotating faculty members, helping each student to develop their own criteria and ability to discuss work.

Key Features 

  • Each year, all MFA candidates present an exhibition or other approved public presentation of work, and they must pass a faculty review, including a Mid-Residency review for first year students and a Graduation Review for graduating students, looking at the student’s progress and the development of their practice
  • 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.

Programme Structure

  • With its roots in still photography, the BFA and MFA tracks support students in a broad range of media and approaches, including still and moving images, installation, new media, sound, performance, and publication. 
  • All grounded in conversations about the histories of photography and media, the politics of representation, the changing role of cameras and photography in our daily lives, social documentary and activism.

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.

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

  • 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

  • International

    52850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    52850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Photography and Media
California Institute of the Arts CalArts


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