Directing Program (MFA only)
Select applicants to this program will be contacted for a personal interview based on a review of their application and portfolio materials. In addition to a portfolio, all applicants must submit a résumé and three letters of recommendation from professionals who know your work.
MFA Directing program should submit a portfolio containing links to vimeo or youtube. Portfolios must be submitted to our online portfolio site. Video links or portfolios will not be accepted via email.
It is highly unusual for an applicant to be accepted into the program without such documentation. Applicants are strongly urged to submit their application and portfolio materials on or before the Preferred Deadline in order to allow for thorough review and, if selected by the Head of Directing, a personal interview. The Office of Admissions will contact all applicants who are selected for an interview.
Applicants should submit video materials that best represent their work, whether this be excerpts from various shows or full length production documentation.
An artist statement is very important in the admissions process and should answer the following three questions:
- What issues and concerns inform your artmaking practice?
- Why are you applying to your program at CalArts?
- What are your artistic goals?