Online Programs

CalArts’ online programs offer flexibility and accessibility in your creative education, no matter your location in the world.

Open Learning

CalArts’ Open Learning initiative delivers high-quality, accessible learning opportunities for learners of different ages and backgrounds, at whatever stage in their life or career.

Through partnerships with online platforms Coursera and Kadenze, CalArts currently offers several courses and certificates (called Specializations or Programs) in graphic design, game design, poetry, music technology, and more. All courses are developed by CalArts faculty and are free, non-credit offerings. Additional options for fee-based certificates or premium membership are available where noted.

Visit the Open Learning page on to learn more and enroll on Coursera or Kadenze.

Open Learning



Animation Intensive and Portfolio Development Workshops

Animation Intensive is a four-week online program designed to broaden emerging artist's knowledge of animation as an art form and give you the opportunity to hone foundational skills under the guidance of CalArts faculty animators.

Portfolio Development Workshops are eight-week online intensives designed to help you explore concept design and visual development for animation and enhance your application portfolio for college animation programs.

Application required; ages 14 and up.

Visit the Pre-College page to view our upcoming offerings and apply through Extended Studies.