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CalArts offers a variety of unique programs at the undergraduate and graduate level within its six world-renowned Schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater.
Undergraduate core courses are the foundation of BFA studies at CalArts, providing a strong general education and opportunities to deepen every student's artistic practice.
The CalArts Library enables students and faculty to develop the skills necessary for creative exploration, critical reflection and lifelong learning.
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Offering innovative continuing education arts courses designed to meet the needs of both emerging artists and lifelong learners.
How would you describe the profiles of students who matriculate at CalArts? What types of students and practitioners thrive at CalArts? What types of students are missing?
Students from lower-income backgrounds and marginalized groups are missing, because the tuition is so high and on-campus jobs pay so poorly. Students and practitioners who aim their work towards the entertainment industry thrive at CalArts. CalArts students are experimental, open-minded, and driven.
What are the most innovative programs and practices at CalArts? Which are ones that are more common, or shared by other art schools or colleges?
An emphasis on experimentation without judgement, cross-pollination of disciplines, artistic vision over market popularity, rigorous academic discussion and critique. I attended UCLA film school before attending the live action film program at Cal Arts. UCLA, as most film schools, was industry-driven, for students seeking to be a cog in the Hollywood machine. Cal Arts was driven by passionate artists seeking personal expression. As our culture continues to place increasing emphasis on monetary success and fame, there must be a place for the vanguard, for those whose art is a private necessity rather than simply a professional choice. These passionate outliers are, and always have been, the future of art. -Kristen Bentz, graduated 1993
What part of the CalArts education must stay the same, and what can or should change?
The mentorship system between faculty and students, along with small class sizes, should stay the same. It would be nice to have more classes that are for graduate students only; currently most electives are open to both grads and undergrads. The cost of tuition and level of financial support should change. Students who TA should earn more, and be given more responsibilities.
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