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Course Description

Offered in Summer, Fall, and Spring.

CalArts' Character Design Portfolio Development Workshop is an eight-week online intensive designed to help you incorporate techniques in character design to enhance your application portfolio for college animation programs.

Each week, the instructor will introduce different character design styles from comic book, animation, live action, and video game examples to inspire new work and teach you about visual composition and storytelling through character design. Weekly assignments based on these resources give you the opportunity to produce work that integrates costume, gesture, shape, story, and character.

Portfolio Development Workshop class sessions and critiques are not live streamed. You are free to access the class materials each week at your convenience. You will work on your assignments on your own time and upload them to the class module on Access, a CalArts online learning platform, by a set deadline. At the end of the week, the instructor will give you direct feedback on submitted assignments with video critiques. Lectures and video critiques are pre-recorded.

Application Instructions

The demand for portfolio development workshops is very high, and you are strongly advised to submit your application materials as soon as possible. Please be advised that in the event that a class reaches capacity we will cease reviewing applications, which can happen at any time. Materials submitted after the deadline—or when application reviews are ceased—will be considered only if space remains or becomes available.

Enrollment in the this workshop is based on the instructors' review of:

  • Five examples of your work, which must include:
    • One life drawing of a plant
    • Two life drawings of whatever you wish to draw
    • Two other work samples of your choice 

When we say “life drawing” we mean that you are drawing from life. In other words, you need to look closely at the person, place or thing as it exists in the real world and draw it as your eye sees it while you are observing it, not from memory. For more information on Life Drawing, click here.

Applications must be accompanied by a $10 fee.

Prerequisites

  • You must be 14 years old or older to take part in this workshop.
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Application

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Application for PDW in Character Design (course- spring)
Instructions

Application deadline: January 11, 2023

Enrollment window closes: January 16, 2023 (or when the class is full)

Applications are reviewed weekly. Once you are notified of your acceptance, you will have two (2) weeks to enroll, by paying for the course in full or making a deposit. Enrollment in the course is available on a first-come, first-served basis—an approved application does not guarantee a seat in the course.

Regardless of whether tuition is paid in full or a deposit is made, $250 of the tuition is non-refundable. Student-initiated drops are subject to a partial refund according to the posted Refund Policy.

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Section Title
Portfolio Development Workshop in Character Design
Type
Online
Dates
Jan 30, 2023 to Mar 31, 2023
Delivery Options
Online-Asynchronous  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,000.00 or $250.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Instructors
Section Notes

To complete your work in this class you will need:

  • Paper (drawing paper preferred; no newsprint)
  • Pens (not ballpoint)
  • Pencils (8B or 9B preferred)
  • Color (e.g., markers, watercolors, chalk pastels, paint)
  • Computer with an internet connection
  • Digital camera or scanner (phone camera is fine)
  • Digital drawing tools (optional)
Section Title
Portfolio Development Workshop in Character Design
Type
Online
Dates
Jun 26, 2023 to Aug 25, 2023
Delivery Options
Online-Asynchronous  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,000.00 or $250.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Instructors
Section Notes

For a list of required materials, click here