Student Handbook

Residence Requirements

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The four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts programs in the School of Film/Video require a minimum of two years full time study in residence. The Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts programs require three years in residence (see CalArts Residence policy). On rare occasions, the program faculty may recommend an earlier graduation (see Accelerated Graduation policy), based on that program’s specific policies (accessible in the Film/Video office).

Orientation Week, Winter Session, and Bijou Week are mandatory for all students. These are part of the instructional semesters and not to be considered time that students may take off.