Music Technology (MFA Only)

Due to its specialized and highly selective nature, students interested in the Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence, & Design Program (MTIID) should read the Program’s description and qualifications on the website carefully and, before applying, email a brief description of their musical and technical background to

This process helps potential students understand the direction of study undertaken at CalArts in the MTIID Program. A strong preference is given to applicants with previous experience in mathematics, computer science, physics or engineering. The focus of the MTIID Program is not in sound engineering or recording, although students have the ability (and are required) to pursue some classes and opportunities in that field.

More information (including student work) is available on the MTIID Program microsite.

Portfolio Requirements

  • A portfolio documenting music technology experience in the form of two-to-four-minute demonstrations and/or live concert performances.
  • Examples of software projects (code) or hardware (schematics) of past projects.
  • A drawing and write-up of a creative, futuristic new musical interface of your own design (see proceedings of the conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression for examples).
  • An artistic statement discussing why technology is an important part of your musical and artistic process.

Portfolio Submissions MTIID Applicants

We prefer that you use our online portfolio submission system. The online system accepts MP3s, documents, images and video. Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. There is a fee for each portfolio submission you make through the online system. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you may send an email to for technical support.