Experimental Animation

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

24 months
50850 USD/year
50850 USD/year
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In the Experimental Animation program from California Institute of the Arts CalArts, students are provided with a comprehensive foundational background and are encouraged to seek out poetic, lyrical, structural and other modes of experimentation with the materials and forms of the moving image. 


Course Description

Students are trained to not only become makers—but also critically minded contributors to the advancement of animation history and theory.

In addition to coursework in technique and theory, the EA curriculum includes training in professionalization. Students are expected to become familiar with film festivals and submission processes, attend professional gatherings and events, and become members of related organizations. Accordingly, graduates become creative leaders in the field, establishing careers in studio production, teaching and personal practice, often forming creative partnerships with fellow CalArts students.

All students of the Experimental Animation program from California Institute of the Arts CalArts are required to complete a first-year project, complete a thesis proposal in the second year and finally pass a Thesis Review in order to complete the Program.

2-Year Program

Applicants with a BFA in animation degree or comparable experience are eligible to request the option of a two-year residency. This MFA degree is meant to supplement the BFA experience by allowing time for the development of an additional, more complex animation project and more study of both interdisciplinary and historical/theoretical frameworks. An applicant's eligibility for the two-year residency will be determined by the faculty at the time of admission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Digital Path for Animation
  • First Year Shorts 
  • SoundImage One 
  • History of Experimental Animation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Submit Your Application

International Academic Transcript
  • Credentials, diplomas and certificates of secondary-school and college-level work must be presented in English translation.International students applying to MFA programs must submit evidence of receipt of an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. 
Declaration of Finances
  • All students who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must complete the online Declaration of Finances form after they have been accepted and submitted their Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) form. This form is to verify that you have sufficient financial resources to pay all educational and living expenses while attending the California Institute of the Arts.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Experimental Animation
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