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Photography and Media, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The curriculum is distinguished by its commitment to an evolving suite of technical courses that address continuing shifts in image-making toolsets and theoretical coursework that interrogates the condition of the image, authorship and medium in a contemporary, local and globalized world.

Mentors and program faculty provide continuous guidance and collegial artistic advice throughout the BFA Program as students develop the musical skills and creative voice they need to excel as professional lens-based artists after finishing at CalArts.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the BFA Core Curriculum, BFA Photography and Media students are required to pass a Graduation Review in order to complete the Program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History of Photography 
  • Undergraduate Seminar 
  • Undergraduate Critique
  • Advanced Topics in Photo History 
  • Visual Semiotics 
  • Critique and Exit 
  • Technical Workshops
  • Independent Study 
  • Practicums 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit Your Application
  • International Academic Transcript
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Declaration of Finances
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48660 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48660 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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