The Summer Animation Residency is an immersive experience led by CalArts faculty and staff specifically for guest students. Within a supportive peer community, you will have the opportunity to study the basic elements of animation—story, drawing and design—for five weeks on CalArts’ picturesque campus north of Los Angeles.

The three courses offered in this residency—Life Drawing, Story, and Design for Film—are designed to work together, and if selected to participate in the Summer Animation Residency you will enroll in all three.

Application Instructions

Enrollment in the Summer Animation Residency is based on submission of the online application form and the instructors' review of:

  • CV and education credentials
  • a video statement addressing the following: what animators and films have most inspired you, and what do you hope to gain from being in this program?
  • 5 digital images of original artwork, consisting of:
    • 3 life drawings of people or animals (not from photographs)
    • 1 self-portrait (from looking in a mirror; not from a photograph)
    • 1 character design

Applications must be accompanied by a $25 fee.

Given this residency is likely to fill up early you are advised to apply and submit your application materials before the deadline listed above. Applications submitted after that date are considered late and will be considered only if space remains or becomes available.

Residency Prerequisites

  • Artists aged 18 and up are encouraged to apply.


While you are welcome to bring your own supplies, you are required to purchase a Materials Kit in order to complete your work in this residency. Our Animation Residency faculty will introduce you to the materials they favor as working artists in animation. This enables you to discover new materials while enabling faculty to help you develop your skills. We have worked with the CalArts Store to create this kit—the store's ability to purchase these items in bulk allows us to procure these items for you at a low cost. You may purchase this kit either before or after your arrival at CalArts through our Special Requests page. 


On-campus housing is available for students participating in Summer programs. Visit our Housing page for more information and instructions on how to apply. 

Additional Details


Application for Summer Animation Residency

Application Deadline (Wait List Availability Only): April 27, 2018
Enrollment and Payment Deadline: April 30, 2018

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Applications Open: January 4, 2018 *

Enrollment/Payment Deadline: April 30, 2018 *

Residency Start/Arrival: May 19, 2018
Residency End/Departure: June 23, 2018


* Submissions will be reviewed and applicants notified starting March 1st. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date and will be considered--space permitting--through April 27.


Enrollment is open to students who have been accepted into the program. Please apply via the button at the top of the page.

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