Extended Studies at CalArts offers credit- and non-credit bearing options for creative exploration in the arts, on the ground and online, and on and off-campus. Our offerings are developed with the same artistic flavor and integrity of the curricular courses at CalArts.


  • Acting & Theater
  • Animation
  • Creative Writing & Critical Studies
  • Film & Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Visual Art

Our programs in acting and theater are for performers, producers, and boundary-pushers alike.

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Enrich your drawing, design and storytelling skills! Our Animation courses and programs stem from the rich tradition of animation founded at CalArts.

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Take a deep dive into meaty subjects, from film theory to feminism to philosophy.

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Learn key technical skills for camera work, editing and post-production, and receive guidance and mentorship to create compelling stories on film.

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With words and pictures, graphic designers shape the way we communicate.

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Work across boundaries and expand your horizons through sound.

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Give yourself time and space to push the boundaries of self-expression.

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Reside at CalArts this summer!

Get ready- applications for all Summer 2020 programs will open on January 2.


Why should you consider a CalArts Summer Residency?

“Thanks for the opportunity to spend 5 weeks with you all this summer -- it was the most amazing experience!”

Read on for more of what our 2017 Summer Residency participants had to say about their experiences!

What are students saying about our PDWs?

“This course was absolutely amazing, a breath of fresh air for an artist that's just beginning his journey!”

Read on to find out what our Summer Portfolio Development Workshop students are saying about their experiences.

Reside at CalArts this summer.      Learn More