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California Institute of the Arts

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The MFA curriculum, dedicated to the advanced exploration of theory, methodology and practice, helps designers develop a personal direction within the wider context of design practice. The curriculum consists of a two-year sequence of weekly seminars where studio projects are critiqued. Courses focus on subjects such as type design, motion graphics, theory, writing and Web design. A third year in residence may be required for students with non-design backgrounds. During the final year in residence, MFA candidates must present a major final project and pass a faculty review of this work.



Total number of students: 1242

Number of undergraduate students: 800

Number of graduate students: 442



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Community Arts Partnership (CAP)

Glenna Avila, Director

(661) 222-2708



For a full listing of CAP's Programs, Events and Partners, please visit cap.calarts.edu.

Established in 1990 as the first program of its kind in the U.S., the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) links California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to community art centers and public schools throughout Los Angeles County as part of an expanding joint endeavor to provide college-level arts education to middle and high school students. Glenna Avila serves as CAP's director.

CAP courses are designed to mirror the pedagogical approaches used in teaching the different artistic disciplines taught at CalArts. These disciplines include art, animation, digital media, dance, drawing, chamber music, graphic design, jazz, printmaking, photography, public art, puppetry, theater, video, world music and writing. All CAP classes and workshops are offered free-of-charge and culminate in performances, exhibitions, concerts and screenings. To date, these public events have been held at more than 250 community venues throughout Los Angeles County, including the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT).

CAP forms a bridge between the talents and resources of CalArts and those of its community partners in order to train and encourage promising young artists. At the same time, CAP affords CalArts students the opportunity to share their knowledge and abilities with teenagers, work directly with faculty artists to create innovative educational approaches and test and refine ideas about interdisciplinary art practice. More than that, CalArts students involved in CAP gain valuable life, teaching and art making experience, and benefit from real-world engagement across a wide range of Los Angeles' unique communities.

CAP students who are admitted to CalArts after completing high school qualify for CAP scholarships.

Additionally, CAP creates model arts education curricula for middle and high schools. Designed to be responsive to the culturally diverse communities of Southern California, these curricula are based on the low student-teacher ratio of 4:1 and feature individualized arts training and mentoring.

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