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

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New course offered on Kadenze!

The Modern Music Technologist, the fourth and final course in CalArts’ Foundations of Music Technology Program on Kadenze, has just launched. This course is taught by Ajay Kapur, Jordan Hochenbaum, Owen Vallis, and Spencer Salazar.


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