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Master's Theses Guidelines & Templates

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CalArts Graduate Thesis and Work Sample Collection

The CalArts Library and Institute Archives consider student work a vital part of our collections, and we take pride in building and preserving the CalArts Graduate Thesis and Work Sample Collection. A student’s thesis or work sample is an important culmination of their studies at CalArts and is a unique resource for both current and future students, faculty, staff, and outside researchers.

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, graduate students from the following programs are required to submit their thesis or work sample(s) in both physical (hardcopy) and electronic formats:

  • MFA Creative Writing (Critical Studies)
  • MA Aesthetics & Politics (Critical Studies)
  • MFA or MA Interschool Programs (Various)
  • MFA Composition (Music)
  • MFA Performer-Composer (Music)
  • MFA Experimental Sound Practices (Music)
  • DMA Performer-Composer (Music)


Copies of ALL theses/work samples, in all formats (both electronic and physical), must be submitted or postmarked no later than Friday, May 17, 2024, at 5:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time). 

For specific submission instructions relative to your Program, please refer to the corresponding tabs on the left-hand side of this page.

Electronic Submission

Please submit electronic copies of theses/work samples via this form.

Formatting Help and General Questions

Please review the specific formatting guidelines and submission procedures via the tabs on the left-side navigation menu of this page.  Email any additional questions to

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