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.
An artist statement is very important in the admissions process and should answer the following three questions:
Additional Written Materials
Portfolios must be submitted using our online system online portfolio  submission.