School of Critical Studies


The School of Critical Studies brings together internationally recognized writers, poets, scholars, and thinkers working in both new and traditional forms across a wide variety of disciplines, extending from narrative fiction, performance, and multimedia, to cultural criticism and political theory. The School of Critical Studies offers two master’s degree programs, Aesthetics and Politics and Creative Writing, and the general education curriculum for all CalArts BFA students. It also provides a vital discursive center for the entire CalArts community.

Make a gift now to directly support the School of Critical Studies

Additional ways that you can support students in the School of Critical Studies:

  • Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence - The Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Program—a new feature of the MFA Creative Writing Program—is designed to bring a prestigious writer to campus for a public reading and a classroom visit, and to meet with students one-to-one. Learn more
  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships - Each year, the School offers two Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships to recent graduates of the MFA Creative Writing and MA Aesthetics and Politics programs. The Fellowships provide valuable professional development and teaching experience.
  • The Next Words Thesis Prize - A stipend offered to support students in the MFA Creative Writing program.
  • Theorist in Residence - This program brings prestigious, diverse scholars who focus on media or urban or global studies to CalArts for a one- or two-week residency to teach workshops, give public lectures, and reinforce CalArts’ mission as a multidisciplinary community of artists.

To learn about additional opportunities to support the School of Critical Studies and its students, or to find out how you can establish your own scholarship or means of support, please contact Laura Creed