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Offered in Summer for high school students.
For more information on the Discover Animation 1-Week program, click here.
“IN THIS ENVIRONMENT THERE WILL BE NO FALSE BORDERS BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND IMAGINATION.” - quote from original 1960’s CalArts handbook
Discover Animation is an intensive experience that gives young artists from around the world an opportunity to explore the fundamentals of animation by participating in this one-week immersive program on the legendary CalArts campus. Students age 14-17 take part in presentations & skill building workshops led by CalArts faculty and alumni, attend artist talks, screenings and open drawing sessions, and generate work suitable for college application portfolios. Students spend the second week building on what they learned the first week while diving deeply into story development.
Students live and learn on our beautiful Santa Clarita Valley campus located just north of Los Angeles. In addition to working closely with engaging artists and exploring animation, students will have the opportunity to make friends with other artists in the program and participate in a variety of on-campus social activities at Chouinard Hall, the BFA dorms where Discover students will live while attending the program. There will be daily activities such as film screenings, games in the recreation hall, or open swim in the CalArts pool. In addition, students enrolled in this program are eligible to sign up for a field trip to Disneyland for an additional fee.
Program fee includes instruction, materials and meals. Housing and airport transportation are available for additional fees.
Enrollment in Discover Animation is based on submission of the online application form and the instructors' review of:
- a short video statement (1-2 minutes in length), in which you introduce yourself and discuss one of your artistic goals and how you hope participating in this program will help you accomplish your goal
- 4-5 digital images of your artwork, which must include at least 2 life drawings of people or animals (drawn from real life, not from photographs), 1 self portrait (drawn from looking in a mirror, not from a photograph) and 1 character design
- one letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, written on school letterhead
Applications must be accompanied by a $25 fee.
- High school students age 14-17 are encouraged to apply and must be in that age range while program is in session.
Applications Open: January 2, 2019
Application Priority Deadline: March 31, 2019*
Application Final Deadline: April 30, 2019
Enrollment/Payment Deadline: May 25, 2019
Program Start/Arrival: June 15, 2019
Program 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.