Departments_And_Information_About_The_Departments - California Institute of the Arts
CalArts School of Art offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of art, graphic design and photography. The undergraduate programs lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and the graduate programs to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.
SCHOOL OF ART AT A GLANCE
EMPHASIS ON THOUGHTFUL, INNOVATIVE ARTMAKING
The School of Art is committed to artistic innovation and intellectual rigor. The schoolÃ¯Â¿Â½s programs emphasize critical thinking about art and design in terms of context and use, and encourage work that challenges established ideas.
Embracing the most contemporary movements in art and design, the school endeavors to anticipate, and even influence, what artists will do in the future instead of adhering to prevailing conventions and doctrines.
A FACULTY OF ACCOMPLISHED WORKING ARTISTS
The school's faculty consists of noted innovators and leaders in contemporary creative practice. Since all faculty members are working artists with an abundance of real-world experience, they can better prepare students for the creative and professional demands of contemporary art and design.
Students work closely with individual faculty members through a system of independent study. Every student also has a faculty mentor serving as his or her artistic advisor.
RIGOROUS REVIEW PROCESS
Faculty reviews and peer-critique classes challenge students to sharpen and refine their work. This ongoing review process helps students to acquire important analytical and critical tools and the ability to shape their own practices once they graduate.
EXTENSIVE ARTMAKING TOOLS AND FACILITIES
The school features comprehensively equipped computer, photo, video, print and media labs, while the Super Shop is used for processes such as woodworking, metalworking, machining, moldmaking, spraying and sandblasting.
Graduate students and most upper-level undergraduates in the Program in Art and the Program in Photography and Media are assigned private studios. Students in the Program in Graphic Design work in communal studios.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHOWING WORK
CalArts has seven dedicated galleries and a variety of more informal spaces for the presentation of student artworks. Ongoing shows provide students with the indispensable experience of mounting exhibitions and making more unconventional presentations.
COLLABORATIVE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS
CalArts encourages cross-pollination in the arts. Besides collaborations within the School of Art, students may work with a wide range of peers, musicians, composers, filmmakers, animators, choreographers, directors, actors, set designers and writers from other CalArts schools.
School of Art alumni are prominent in the art and design communities at the local, national and international levels. Many keep close ties to CalArts and return to the School of Art as faculty members and visiting artists.
INFLUENCING THE DISCOURSE ON ART LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
In addition to the work of faculty and alumni, and close interaction with a large network of artists and designers worldwide, CalArts helps to shape the discourse on art through the publication Afterall, the semiannual art journal produced jointly with London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and through ongoing exhibitions and other programming at the Gallery at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT).
COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP (CAP)
Many School of Art students gain valuable teaching experience by leading CAP workshops and classes at community art centers and public schools throughout Los Angeles County.
School of Art: calarts.edu/art
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