Bachelor On Campus

Graphic Design

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

48 months
52850 USD/year
52850 USD/year
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Over the course of the Program, BFA Graphic Design students at California Institute of the Arts CalArts create a body of work that is not simply a string of assignments—but which is uniquely theirs—and prepares them to carve an independent path into graphic design practice with a compelling portfolio marked by strong ideas expressed through form.


We offer a bachelor degree in Graphic Design at California Institute of the Arts CalArts. The BFA track is centered around core courses supported by a number of required and elective classes, allowing both structure and flexibility within the curriculum, covering all aspects of graphic design practice. 

Key Features 

  • Each year in residence builds on the experience of the previous as a sequence of additional classes explore image-making, typography and design history. Baseline coursework is followed by more specialized classes in areas such as web design, motion graphics and type design.
  • In addition to core studio classes, all candidates in the Program are required to pass a Graduation Portfolio Review in order to complete the program and obtain the BFA degree.

Programme Structure

  • In addition to CalArts' rich and diverse community and naturally collaborative atmosphere, the Institute provides several programs of study that can be pursued concurrently with a student's chosen metier.
  • The Minor is designed to help undergraduate students grasp the knowledge to build, engineer and design innovative custom systems.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit Your Application and Portfolio
  • All transcripts should be uploaded to the application directly on the Academic History section prior to submitting. Applicants should plan ahead and request transcripts as soon as they decide to apply to CalArts.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required for BFA programs. At least one recommendation should be written by a person who understands your artistic work. Many MFA programs require three letters of recommendation (please see program-specific requirements in the portfolio/audition section).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52850 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 52850 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    52850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52850 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for California

1570 - 2658 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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