Course Description

We will not be holding on-campus programs in 2022 in light of the need for the CalArts community to prioritize building maintenance and improvement projects this summer. For more information about the opportunities available this summer as well as updates for summer 2023, please join our email list.


The Summer Animation Residency is an immersive experience led by CalArts faculty and staff. 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.

Application Instructions

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

  • A 1-2 minute video statement addressing the following: 
    • What film has most inspired you to want to be an animator?
    • What artist is your animation role 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.

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. 


This course is not available for enrollment at this time. Click "Request Information" to be notified when enrollment for the next section opens.