The Library considers student work a vital part of our collections and we take pride in the maintenance of the CalArts Master’s Theses Collection. A student’s thesis is an important culmination of his or her work at CalArts and is a unique resource for current and future students, faculty, and outside researchers.
This collection includes theses of students from the MA in Aesthetics and Politics program which focuses on the multiplicity of ways in which the aesthetic and the political intertwine. Students work with CalArts' distinguished faculty and visiting speakers across three areas of concentration: critical theory, global studies, and media and urban studies. This collection begins with the theses of the 2010 graduates.
This collection includes theses of students of the Writing Program which is a multifaceted and nontracking program designed for writers who seek to experiment with form and content and to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the theoretical, political and artistic contexts of contemporary writing. This collection begins with the theses of the 2011 graduates.
Long noted for its important contributions to contemporary musical innovation, the institute's Composition Program allows each student to develop his or her own artistic voice through the exploration and study of a broad range of theories, techniques and creative tools. The Program offers a broad array of distinctive courses, exposure to the work of prominent guest composers, and continuous assessment and critique of each student's work as it develops. All students are required to compile a portfolio of professional quality by the end of their residencies.
Collection note: The digital collection begins with the work of students who graduated in Spring 2013. The work of some students is not included because the final format did not fit the criteria for the digital collection. For example, students who submitted only sound recordings or video recordings are not included here.