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Experimental Animation Requirements

Experimental Animation Requirements


Experimental Animation promotes and supports animation as a fine art, and students in the program explore animation in varied contexts and forms, developing a personal aesthetic over a body of work. Experimental Animation is for artist-animators looking for an individualized curriculum that supports creative growth, enhancing technical skills, developing form and content, and collaborating with fellow students to create animated works.

In making admissions decisions, the program’s faculty looks for animation and other creative works that express a strong personal aesthetic in whatever media you choose. Applicants should submit portfolios that contain examples of unique, personal, expressive art that reflects their individual style, including samples of animation if at all possible. Group projects are discouraged because they are harder to assess. Class assignments such as technical exercises, CGI character rotations, or figure, landscape, still life, and perspective drawings are generally not acceptable. Please put time into your written statements, to reveal the breadth of your creative influences and your vision for what you would accomplish if you were enrolled in the program. It is important to explain why you are seeking experimentally oriented coursework.

MFA candidates who have passed the preliminary selection process will be notified in mid-February. At that time, these candidates will be invited to visit CalArts in March for an interview and to meet faculty
and students. The interview is required of invited candidates and is an important component of the final selection process. Video chat interviews can be arranged; however, attending the interview in person is highly recommended.

BFA and MFA applicants, submit the following written materials with both your online application and your online portfolio submissions.

Artist Statement

An artist statement is very important in the admissions process and should answer the following three questions:

  • What issues and concerns inform your artmaking practice?
  • Why are you interested specifically in the program in Experimental
    Animation at CalArts?
  • What are your artistic goals?

Additional Written Materials

  • Synopsis: One or two sentence synopsis of each work submitted
  • A one-paragraph autobiography indicating significant artistic,
    professional, and academic achievements, or other life experiences that would help the committee evaluate your application with 2-4 stills from your work.
  • Comments on films, books, art, etc., that you feel have influenced your thoughts and work as an artist. It is important to say why and how these works have influenced you. Avoid writing plot summaries.
  • Project plans. Keep in mind that such a plan is meant to give faculty an idea of the type of filmmaking that interests you, not an idea of a project you will necessarily produce at CalArts.

Portfolio Submission Format:

Portfolios must be submitted using our online system online portfolio submission.

  • SlideRoom accepts MP3's, documents, images and video. You may scan or photograph your drawings to submit them digitally.
  • Submit individual images of individual
    Do not submit a pre-formatted portfolio. Do not submit composited images, PDF’s, and please make sure that the image fills the slide. Otherwise, we will not be able to view the work.
  • Enter any captions, descriptions, or titles of your work in the field provided by SlideRoom. Do not add captions, descriptions, titles or other extraneous text within the area where you upload your image.
  • Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. There is a fee for each portfolio submission you make through the online system. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program.
  • If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you may send an e-mail to support@slideroom.com for technical assistance.
Last edited by wgarciaencines on Jul 18, 2016
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