Each student at CalArts is assigned a faculty mentor. The role of the mentor is to guide the student in the development of their creative work through one-on-one meetings; direction in selecting courses in the metier each semester; and yearly written mentor reports. These relationships often extend beyond their time at CalArts, and it is not uncommon for mentors and mentees to pursue creative collaborations post-graduation.  

Faculty mentors are all artists working and teaching in the same field as their mentees. Some students find that they form strong bonds with their assigned mentors, while other students may gravitate toward the work and guidance of other faculty.  The diversity of our faculty allows for a richness of shared creative experiences, and students will work closely with a variety of faculty members throughout their degree program.