Online Programs

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

High-Touch Animation: Drawing, Design & Story

High-Touch Animation is a six-week intensive designed to give post-high school artists ample creative mentorship so they may push their work to the next level while honing their foundational skills in drawing, design and story. 

Application required; artists aged 17 and up who will have completed high school are welcome to apply. 

Animation Intensive

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.

Application required; ages 14 and up.

Visit the course page to view our upcoming offerings and apply through Extended Studies.

Animation Intensive


Portfolio Development Workshops

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.



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