Online Programs

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

New! Inventive ScreenPlay: Unconventional Approaches to Cinematic Storytelling

Inventive Screenplay is an 8-week course designed to unleash the visionary and subversive impulses of cinematic writers, allowing them to cultivate original and unusual short-form scripts.

Application required; artists aged 17 and up who will have completed high school are welcome to apply; suitable for mature film and video artists with experimental tendencies.

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

Inventive ScreenPlay


New! Portfolio Development Workshop for Experimental Film & Video Artists

The Portfolio Development Workshop for Experimental Film & Video Artists is an eight-week online course designed to help you explore unconventional methods for non-traditional and essayistic filmmaking while enhancing your application portfolio for college film/video programs.

Application required; ages 14 and up.

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

PDW for Experimental Film & Video Artists


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. 

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

High-Touch Animation


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 in Animation

Portfolio Development Workshops in animation 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.

Pre-College


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 CalArts.edu to learn more and enroll on Coursera or Kadenze.

Open Learning