Character Animation Fall 2022 Classes

Delivery mode statistics for Fall 2022 (subject to change)

  • In person: 78%
  • Hybrid: 7%
  • Remote: 15%

Character Animation Program Policies – Enrollment & Required Classes

Requests to be enrolled in specific classes or sections are not permitted.

Changes to Character Animation required classes are not permitted, with the exception of Film Workshop. 

  • If a student has an exceptional need to change Film Workshop sections, they must find a student to swap with, agree to it together, and meet with the program director to discuss the rationale. Swaps aren't automatically approved. This process can only take place during the Fall Semester Add / Drop period in September. For Fall 2022, the Add / Drop period is September 12 - 23, 2022. After that point, no changes to Film Workshop enrollment are permitted for the remainder of the academic year.

Auditing in Character Animation classes is not permitted.


The Character Animation area, called "A221," is currently undergoing renovation after extensive water damage last year. Bungalows (temporary classrooms) are being installed on campus for our use, and we have access to other classrooms and resources on campus.

2022-23 Reviews

BFA2's: Mid-Residence Reviews will take place the week of May 8 – 12, 2023. 

BFA4's: Graduation Reviews will take place October through December, 2022.

Mid-Residence and Graduation Reviews are required by CalArts. Students must be available for their review. Review notes become part of each student's permanent electronic record. Read more here.

Character Animation Film Deadline

This year's film deadline is: Friday April 14, 2023 by 4:00PM Pacific Time.

Portfolio Day

We're planning for Portfolio Day to be primarily in person, with a small number of studios participating via Zoom. The structure of the event will be the same as last year. Students' portfolios will be posted on the Animation Student Portfolios website, which will be updated for 2023.

Studios will review students' work on the website, and select students for callbacks / interviews. Students will also have the opportunity to book their own student-initiated appointments with studios prior to the event (first-come, first-served). We'll discuss the process more later in the fall semester.

Please be advised of the following dates:

  • Monday November 14, 2022 by 9:00AM: Deadline to commit to participating in the 2023 Portfolio Day event, along with basic information (e.g. portfolio URL, thumbnail image, social media links, etc.).
  • Monday January 9, 2023 by 9:00AM: Deadline for resume and portfolio to be completed, ready for public viewing
  • Tuesday February 14, 2023: Portfolio Day