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Master's Theses Guidelines & Templates

Due to the measures put in place by the Institute to ensure the health and safety of the CalArts community, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other variants of novel coronavirus, the CalArts Library’s physical spaces will be closed until Fall 2021. All digital services remain fully operational.

CalArts Library 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 the development and management of 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)

In light of pandemic-related disruptions, the following deadlines have been set for this year’s thesis/work sample submissions:

For Graduates from Academic Year 2019-2020
Physical hardcopies of theses/work samples from academic year 2019-2020 must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 21, 2021 and mailed in an appropriately sized envelope or box to the following address:

ATTN: Performing Arts Librarian
               CalArts Library
               24700 McBean Pkwy
               Valencia, CA  91355

For Graduates from Academic Year 2020-2021
The CalArts Library electronic submission deadline for all digital copies of theses and work samples from academic year 2020-2021 is 5:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time), Friday, May 21, 2021.

Applicable Master’s and DMA graduates from the 2020-2021 academic year will have one (1) year to deposit their physical thesis/work sample with the CalArts Library.  The hardcopy submission deadline for all hardcopies of this year’s theses and work samples is 5:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time), Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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

CalArts Library
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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