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CalArts to Career

CalArts is committed to providing a well-rounded education for students.

Careers in the Arts

Recent studies have shown the impact that the arts have in society and in developing the creative economy. For further reading:


Through our Curating Your Own Life: Transitioning to a Career after CalArts program, students are exposed to a range of careers in the arts; opportunities to participate in career-related courses and internships; consultations with guest artists to gain familiarity with entrepreneurial approaches to their own work; and a Third Year Experience featuring career mentoring for all students. Our goal is to provide students with the tools to shape a career that fits their individual talents and ambitions.

  • Arts Pedagogy: Artists Preparing to Teach in the Community
  • Real World Survival Skills
  • Getting Your Art Life Together (life after art school) (School of Art)
  • NEXT! - Preparing for My Future in Dance (School of Dance)
  • The Business of Film (School of Film/Video)
  • Producing Your Thesis (School of Film/Video)
  • Entrepreneurial Studies (School of Film/Video)
  • Career Design for Musicians (School of Music)
  • Adventures in Commissioning (School of Music)
  • Entrepreneurship (School of Theater)
  • The Law of Producing Theater (School of Theater)
  • Arts Marketing and Grant Writing (School of Theater)

January interim courses provide students from most Schools with an array of compressed learning opportunities, including career-oriented workshops, practicums and international experiences.

Other Opportunities

  • Internship opportunities are posted in the Internship Bank with a wide range of employers including artists, film studios, galleries, theaters, non-profit organizations, design studios and schools.
  • National organizations such as Teach for America and National Association of Artist Organizations engage students, faculty, and staff. The Kauffman Foundation supported Entrepreneurship in the Arts conference was held at CalArts in 2007.
  • Extensive visiting artist program includes a new series exploring topics around the theme “Thinking Small and the Economy of Being an Artist.” Alpert award-winning artists regularly participate as guest artists in schools and at REDCAT.
  • During the school year, the Office of Student Affairs invites companies for on-campus presentations and recruiting. The Office also hosts workshops throughout the year that focus on resume and cover letter writing, legal issues in art, teaching, grant writing, budgeting and credit, tax preparation and time management.
  • The Alumni Association presents casual lunchtime discussions with alumni in career-focused sessions, in addition to workshops on developing business skills applicable to the arts.
  • International opportunities include academic and performance partnerships with organizations worldwide, including: Slade School of Art in London, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Fringe Edinburgh Festival, Maison de la France and the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Los Angeles, theater projects in Rwanda and Uganda, and Center for New Performance productions in England, France and Australia.


More information on career resources offered by the Student Affairs Office

Last edited by vroveto on Aug 12, 2015
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