Undergraduate Minors and Concentrations
Minors allow undergraduate students to specialize in a secondary area beyond their métier.
Digital Arts Minor
The Digital Arts Minor is designed to help undergraduate students grasp the knowledge to build, engineer and design innovative custom systems to impact our understanding of how technology can be used in the arts. A student who completes the Digital Arts Minor has demonstrated aptitude in computer programming, web design, video editing, digital fabrication, digital sound production, and knowledge of the historical context of digital arts. This interdisciplinary program mobilizes expertise from every program in the Institute, combining skills from music, theater, dance, film, art and critical studies for students.
Music Theory Minor
CalArts' Minor in Music Theory is intended for undergraduate students who wish to receive advanced training and accreditation in Music Theory as a supplement to their Major, with applications to the analysis and creation of music in concert, film, popular, jazz, electronic, Western, non-Western, historical, contemporary and experimental styles.
Critical Studies Minor
Students who have completed their Foundation, Writing Arts, and Breadth requirements have the option of obtaining a Minor in Critical Studies in one of the following four categories: Creative Writing, Humanities, Social Science, Cultural Studies or Science & Math. Students are required to take 18 units from their designated area of concentration. Students are not required to take additional units to obtain the Minor in Critical Studies; rather students would focus existing unit requirements (46 total) in a specific curriculum area.
Music Composition Concentrations
Students within the BFA Composition program may choose to pursue one or more of the following optional Concentrations:
Avant-Garde Rock and Noise concentration aims to develop necessary technical and professional skills, to cultivate awareness of the socio-historical context for such music, and to create an environment that will promote radical collaboration and stylistic innovation.
Electronic Music concentration fosters a strong technical foundation in studio and live electronic music-making, and proceeds to instruction in advanced techniques for today's computer musician.
Experimental Music concentration addresses the current frontiers of radical exploration in music and sound art from creative, technical, historical and philosophical perspectives.
Composition for Film and Video concentration affords a technical and aesthetic foundation for students who wish to collaborate with film and video artists.
Instrumental Concert Music Composition concentration offers a technical foundation for contemporary chamber and orchestral composition as well as providing a broad survey of the diverse stylistic, methodological and aesthetic possibilities available to today's concert music composer.