Art and Technology Requirements
Art and Technology Portfolio Requirements
Submit approximately 20 examples of your current work. The submitted work needs to be representative of a graduate level student and an informed creative practice. No class projects will be considered.
The works do not need to be solely technology based; we are interested in a wide variety of intermedia and experimental art practices that can be supported and/or enhanced by the program’s curriculum. We recommend that you emphasize two or three bodies of work. Portfolios may represent more than one media type (digital video, photography, sound, text files, web sites). Moving image/sound work that is longer than 15 minutes, should be edited to 3 to 5 minute excerpts that best represent the work. Longer versions can be included in the portfolio as well.
The artist statement for the Art and Technology program must explain in detail the critical basis of your work in regards to the use of technology within a creative and cultural practice. The statement needs to outline the creative goals you would like to achieve while in the program, along with your interest in exploring art and technology within an interdisciplinary context. When applying online, this statement should be submitted with both your online application and your online portfolio.
Applicants who have passed the preliminary selection process will be notified in mid-February. At that time, candidates will be invited to visit CalArts in March for an interview and to meet faculty and students. The interview is required of invited candidates and is an important component of the final selection process. Video chat interviews can be arranged, however attending the interview in person is highly recommended.
Letters of Recommendation
Art and Technology applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. We recommend that you submit the requests for your letters of recommendation through the online application, as it will allow you to track when the letters are submitted. However, if this is not possible, you may also download the Letter of Recommendation Form (pdf) and have your recommender send their letter by mail. Please choose only one method - either online or by mail - per recommender.
Online Portfolio Submissions
Please use our online portfolio system to upload your portfolio with digital files. The system allows you to create a corresponding inventory of works, listing for each image the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. You may upload still images or video works.
Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. Please be advised that CalArts is not able to view your work until the final submission is made and your payment is received. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you may send an e-mail to email@example.com for technical assistance.