Formatting for Written Thesis/Dissertation
If you are submitting a written thesis or dissertation, please follow these general guidelines and formatting specifications:
Size: 12 pt; If applicable, footnotes should be 10 pt font.
Please use a standard font such as Times New Roman, Verdana, Courier, Arial, etc. Other fonts may be considered if approved by your mentor / thesis advisor.
All pages are numbered, except for the title page.
3) Thesis Body [elements marked with a "*" are required]:
NOTE: Margins are the only strictly required spacing element. If you have downloaded the MFA Creative Writing Program Thesis Template or the MA Aesthetics and Politics Thesis Template, then you should already have the correct margins.
Printing of Written Thesis/Dissertation
Printed hardcopies of typed theses or dissertations should be laser-printed and single-sided. Please print hardcopies on paper that is at least 25% cotton, 20 lb paper (white); standard xerographic bond is not acceptable. Common brands of printing paper for these purposes include Southworth, Cranes, and Mohawk. Materials are available in the CalArts Store and through various local and online distributors.
NOTE: Hardcopies of theses/dissertations should NOT be bound or stapled when submitting, although binder clips and/or paperclips are acceptable.
Personal Bound Copy of Written Thesis/Dissertation
Binding of theses/dissertations will resume in Spring 2022, at which point submissions from this year, as well as the past two (2) academic years (2019-2020, and 2020-2021), will be bound accordingly. Personal bound copies of theses/dissertations can be requested, with payment being made through the CalArts Accounting Office. All students who request a personal bound copy of their thesis/dissertation MUST supply the CalArts Library with an additional (second) hardcopy to send to the bindery for this purpose, explicitly.
To obtain your own personal bound copy of your thesis/dissertation, please complete the following steps:
NOTE: The binding of theses/dissertations can take several months, and there may be additional delays this year due to various, unforeseen circumstances.