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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 no later than Friday, May 19, 2023, at 5:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time). 

Electronic submissions (all digital copies) of theses and work samples, along with PDF attachments of the required forms (the Thesis Submission Agreement and the Submission Checklist), must be emailed to by the above deadline.

Physical (hardcopy) submissions may be submitted in person or by mail.  Students who wish to submit their hardcopies in person must do so by scheduling a brief appointment here.  Mailed hardcopy submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 19, 2023 and sent in an appropriately sized, durable envelope or box to the following address:

CalArts Library
ATTN: Reference and Instruction Librarian
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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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