The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
BFA & MFA Programs
|BFA Programs||MFA Programs|
|Jazz Studies||Experimental Sound Practices|
|Musical Arts||Jazz Studies|
|Music Technology||Music Technology|
BFA Music Core Curriculum
The BFA Music Core Curriculum provides undergraduates with a solid basis for the conceptual understanding of musical processes and components, and prepares them for more advanced work in their areas of specialty.
Critical Studies BFA Requirements
A CalArts education is based on both artistic and intellectual rigor. To ensure that each undergraduate has the broad knowledge and cultural sophistication needed for successful arts careers in today's world, all candidates for the BFA degree must complete the Critical Studies undergraduate requirements in addition to coursework in their individual programs.
The School of Critical Studies enables students to excel in their métier by generating productive links between critical, intellectual, imaginative and creative inquiry. Classes provide a foundational starting point to learning that includes a breadth of study areas and approaches to study across the arts, humanities and sciences. Following this, students are encouraged to develop their Critical Studies work by making strong connections with their chosen métier projects by taking Critical Studies Minors as well as Independent Study options.
BFA candidates are expected to take either three or four Critical Studies classes (6-8 units) per semester as part of the total 46 units required for graduation. Typically, this amounts to 40 percent of each student's overall course load. The CalArts Critical Studies residency requirement applies to all students.