The Program in Character Animation  supports animation focused on character development and narrative storytelling. The faculty admissions committee seeks portfolios that show evidence of strong, creative life drawing skills, artistic originality and the potential to tell stories and develop characters using sequential imagery. The committee values artwork that reveals a unique and imaginative voice, showcasing the applicant’s artistic interests and conceptual abilities. We welcome a range of creative work, including drawings and other traditional artwork, 2D digital art, and computer graphics (CG).
Please carefully review the specific Portfolio Requirements listed below. Portfolio-related questions can be addressed to the CalArts Office of Admissions; we also encourage applicants to find solutions to questions through their own creative exploration and introspection.
The Character Animation program is a four-year program. All Students begin at the BFA1 (first-year undergraduate) level because of the highly sequential nature of the curriculum. Transfer students please review our transfer credit policy  . Transfer of courses may lighten a student's academic course load, however, they will not shorten the length of residency.
All parts must be completed in order to be considered for admission
2. Artist Statement (uploaded to SlideRoom  & CalArts Application)
3. Online Portfolio (Three part submission uploaded to SlideRoom )
4. Sketchbook (Mailed)
Please view the portfolio details and submission format below:
Part 1: Observational Artwork (minimum of 15 total)
A. Observational figure drawings of human models:
B. Observational drawings from real life:
Keep in mind:
Part 2: Other Creative Work
Include any combination of the following:
Part 3: Video Introduction
As we look at your work, we would very much like to meet you. Since this would be impossible in practival terms, we ask that you send a brief video, introducing yourself.
Sketchbooks should be mailed to the following address:
CalArts Office of Admissions
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA, 91355
The Office of Admissions will return your portfolio to you by mail only if you send a prepaid self-addressed package for return mailing. Be sure to complete and include any of the necessary forms required by your service provider. Prepaid mailing labels and packages from USPS, UPS, FedEx, FedEx Ground, and FedEx International are all acceptable. If necessary, your local post office will be able to provide you with an estimate for the return postage amount.
Please contact the Portfolio Room Coordinator, Jon Marshalik, if you have questions about sketchbook submission and shipping: Jmarshalik@calarts.edu; 661-255-1050 x 2187
Online Portfolio Submission
The online portfolio (artist statement, observational drawings, personal work and the video essay) should be uploaded to SlideRoom .
SlideRoom  accepts MP3's, documents, images and video. You may scan or photograph your drawings to submit them digitally.
Please submit one image per slide in SlideRoom . Do not combine multiple images into a PDF document. Do not include captions on images. If appropriate, captions should be added to the designated captions section on SlideRoom .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for technical assistance.