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.
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.
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- The Digital Path for Animation
- First Year Shorts
- SoundImage One
- History of Experimental Animation
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media View 211 other Masters in Film, Photography & Media in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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- 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.
- 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.
International50850 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National50850 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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