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Master's Theses Guidelines & Templates

Music Thesis/Work Sample Submission to the Library

Please adhere to these Spring 2022 thesis/work sample submission procedures, completing the steps below in the following order:

  1. Email an electronic version (PDF, and audio/video files if applicable) of your thesis/work sample(s), along with PDF attachments of your Submission Checklist and Thesis Submission Agreement (see below), to on or before Friday, May 20, 2022, at 5:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time).

  2. Submit a physical hardcopy of your thesis/work sample(s), either by a.) scheduling an appointment to do so at the Library, or b.) mailing your hardcopy submission in an appropriately sized, durable envelope or box to the following address, postmarked no later than Friday, May 20, 2022:

CalArts Library
ATTN: Reference and Instruction Librarian

24700 McBean Pkwy

Valencia, CA 91355

If your document submission is an Artist Book, or contains a work that cannot be bound, you will still be submitting a bindable description/representation of your work as part of your thesis project. The non-bindable work will go into the CalArts Library’s Artist Book Collection for preservation, and the bound thesis/work sample(s) will serve as an access copy. Please see the appropriate Formatting + Printing guidelines/pages (on the left-hand side menu of this page) for further details.

NOTE: If your documents/files are too large to submit electronically, you may submit your electronic copy on a CD/DVD or another appropriate media storage format. File-sharing services such as Google Drive or Dropbox are also encouraged, when/if possible. Email with questions.

Music Submission Documents and Templates

Please complete and email to the following two (2) forms (attached as PDFs) when submitting the electronic copy of your thesis/work sample(s); School of Music students who are submitting a formal written thesis or dissertation should submit the Submission Checklist for Thesis:

Please use these templates, as appropriate, when formatting + submitting your work (School of Music students who are submitting a formal written thesis or dissertation should use the DMA Thesis/Dissertation Template below and customize it as needed):

NOTE: These files and templates are provided in “Portrait” orientation, by default.  Please change to “Landscape” orientation if this reflects how your score / material should be printed.

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24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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