Open Learning at CalArts

Study online with artists from around the world! Extended Studies offers rich experiences to learn creative skills and concepts through our Open Learning programs on our partner platforms Coursera and Kadenze. All of our courses are taught by CalArts faculty and are free, non-credit offerings. Additional options for fee-based course or program certificates or premium membership are available where noted. Open Learning is a joint initiative between Extended Studies and the Office of the Provost at CalArts.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is all around us, in a myriad of forms, both on screen and in print. This five-course series exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. Non-credit; fee-based certificates available through Coursera.

Game Design

Stemming from the principles of storytelling and design established in CalArts’ renowned Animation programs, this five-course series lays a primary foundation for experimentation and exploration of video game design, story, character development, and winning gameplay—before programming begins. Non-credit; fee-based certificates available through Coursera.


Douglas Kearney's wildly popular poetry class gives you a chance to stretch your poetic muscle. Learn key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets, and then try your own hand at writing new poems. Non-credit; fee-based certificates available through Coursera.

Digital Arts

Dive into the exciting and rapidly expanding field of electronic music! Learn fundamental programming and software skills to start creating compelling digital compositions. Premium membership and fee-based certificates available; see Kadenze website for details.