September 20, 2017

MA Aesthetics and Politics program accepting applications for new two-year model

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Steven Pestana, An Inscription of Relays, Etheric and Instinctive, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, two 16 x 20 inch canvases. Photo: Rafael Hernandez.


California Institute of the Arts welcomes applications to its new, expanded MA Aesthetics and Politics program.

Beginning in September 2017, the MA will change from a concentrated one-year, full-residency course to a two-year, mixed-residency structure. Students will spend the first two semesters in full-time residence at CalArts, and complete the third and fourth semesters on a low-residency basis.

This expanded program enables MA students to take advantage of the rich interdisciplinary community of CalArts’ campus life, providing them access to the diverse cross-section of faculty, theorists, and artists across the Institute’s Schools of Dance, Art, Theater, Film/Video and Music. Students will also be able to explore a greater range of elective courses and independent studies, and develop interdisciplinary collaborative projects with faculty and students.

For 2017, we are delighted to announce the hiring of two new core faculty members: Sara Mameni, a specialist in contemporary art in the middle-east and the diaspora with a focus on gender and sexual practices in Iranian art and cinema; and Dark Deleuze author and interdisciplinary media scholar Andrew Culp.

In addition to this expansion of our core faculty, we are very pleased to welcome 2017 visiting scholar Bridget Crone, a curator and writer working at the intersection of political philosophy, media theory, contemporary performance and moving image practices, as well as to welcome back Judith Butler, who will reprise her role as Theorist in Residence for the 2017–18 academic year.

For information on how to apply, check out our application details

For more information on the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, go to, or contact Seth Blake at [email protected].

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