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.
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Offering innovative continuing education arts courses designed to meet the needs of both emerging artists and lifelong learners.
Find professional development and recruitment opportunities for current CalArts students through The Patty Disney Center for Life and Work and more.
The Patty Disney Center for Life and Work (PDCLW) at CalArts provides a variety of resources for students and alumnx to help them chart their artistic paths and sustain themselves as creative leaders in the world. The center empowers CalArtians to reach their potential through professional development, recruitment opportunities, and signature recruitment events. Opportunities include workshops, information sessions, and a robust internship and mentorship program.
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To increase hands-on learning opportunities for aspiring under-represented creatives at CalArts, PDCLW has developed the Bridge to Industry Fellows Program.
This six-month program curates content and engagement opportunities such as student mentorship and networking, company-sponsored info sessions, and access to student portfolios and resumes, specifically for industry partners with students awarded an industry-sponsored scholarship.
CalArts partners with companies that support student scholarships, like The Walt Disney Company, to provide students with opportunities and access to a more inclusive and diverse creative industry.
Students may apply for a Center for Life and Work Travel Grant to fund travel expenses incurred during creative or academic pursuits and projects.
Students may apply for a grant, individually or as a collaborative group, to fund opportunities abroad that enhance scholarly and creative pursuits.
The Office of Alumnx Engagement, in conjunction with PDCLW, hosts professional development talks throughout the year.
Talks feature industry professionals, faculty, staff, and notable alumnx.
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