The Summer Animation Residency is an immersive experience led by CalArts faculty and staff specifically for guest students. Within a supportive peer community, you will have the opportunity to study the basic elements of animation—story, drawing and design—for five weeks on CalArts’ picturesque campus north of Los Angeles.

The three courses offered in this residency—Life Drawing, Story, and Design for Film—are designed to work together, and if selected to participate in the Summer Animation Residency you will enroll in all three.

Application Instructions

Enrollment in the Summer Animation Residency is based on submission of the online application form and the instructors' review of:

  • A video statement addressing the following: 
    • What film has most inspired you to want to be an animator?
    • What artist is your animation roll model?
    • What do you hope to gain from being in this program?
  • 5 digital images of original artwork, consisting of:
    • 3 life drawings of people or animals (not from photographs)
    • 1 self-portrait (from looking in a mirror; not from a photograph)
    • 1 character design

Applications must be accompanied by a $25 fee.

Given this residency is likely to fill up early you are advised to apply and submit your application materials before the deadline listed above. Applications submitted after that date are considered late and will be considered only if space remains or becomes available.

Residency Prerequisites

  • Open to artists age 18 and up. If you will be between the ages of 14 and 17 this summer, check out the Discover Animation program! 


On-campus housing is available for students participating in Summer programs. Visit our Housing page for more information and instructions on how to apply. 

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Applications Open: January 2, 2019 *

Application Priority Deadline: March 31, 2019 

Application Final Deadline: April 30, 2019 


Enrollment/Payment Deadline: May 6, 2019 


Residency Start/Arrival: May 25, 2019

Residency End/Departure: June 29, 2019


* Applicants are encouraged to finish and submit their materials as soon as possible for full consideration, as space in the program is limited. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis— space permitting— through April 30, 2019.

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