Overview

The Character Animation Program is planning a hybrid fall semester. The campus will be open, and students will have independent access to workspaces, labs, facilities, equipment, and more. The Institute will offer in-person events and other activities. While we need to remain mindful of changing COVID conditions and precautions, we look forward to the Character Animation community coming back together. 


Facilities
  • Due to recent water damage, there is currently no access to the Character Animation area on campus (A221). Restoration and renovation will take place this academic year. We are looking forward to improved facilities upon completion of the renovation. 
  • The School of Film/Video is arranging an off-campus site to temporarily house Character Animation, which will function in numerous ways: as a workspace, to do coursework, work on films, meet with faculty, and more.
  • The off-campus site is fully furnished, has cubicles, open desk areas, conference rooms, a break room, and offices. A limited number of Cintiqs will be available that can be connected to laptops. 
  • The Lodge (on campus) will be replaced with temporary classroom / student spaces at the same location, available to Character Animation students.
  • Other campus spaces will be open and available, including the A108 and A109 computer labs.
  • Abigail Severance (Dean of the School of Film/Video) and Jesse Smith (Vice President of Operations & Facilities) will continue to send updates via email about progress with the facility renovations, also posted here: http://filmvideo.calarts.edu/news/animation-facilities-construction-updates
  • Click here for photos of the flooding, off-site space, and more.

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Fall 2021 Character Animation Class Delivery

We are planning to be as flexible and responsive with our curriculum as possible, including trying to support all of our students' varying circumstances.

All Fall 2021 Character Animation classes are designated as hybrid, defined as:

  • Classes delivered on Zoom.*
  • Students are expected to do coursework related to their classes on campus / at the off-site location.
  • Faculty may elect to hold optional in-person meetings on campus / at the off-site location with students during scheduled class time. These meetings will be opportunities for in-person feedback and critique, discussions about course content, and other course-related matters.
  • Read more about the hybrid designation here: https://calarts.edu/academics/remote-hybrid/fall-2021-course-modalities

*The following classes will be held in person: FAIC-390 Screenwriting for Animators, FVCA-160 Digital Methods I, FVCA-320/420-07 Film Workshop III/IV, and FVCA-320/420-08 Film Workshop III/IV.

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Winter Session and Spring 2022 Character Animation Class Delivery

TBD; information will be shared when known. 

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Computing Specifications / Technology Access Program

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Software

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Fall 2021 Complete List of All Character Animation Classes

View the complete list of our fall semester classes here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IihzRWtZNKWlJ69LyscrHxiD3drM_n77AWzlxA-Ve0A/edit?usp=sharing

  • Some courses have faculty listed as TBD; faculty names will be added as hires are confirmed.
  • There are tabs along the bottom with information about métier transfer credit, and specific information per year-level.
  • New structure for FVCA-200 (2D Character Animation II, taught by Kat Kosmala on Thursdays 7-10PM) and FVCA-252 (Story II: Storyboarding, taught by Abe Audish on Tuesdays 7-10PM):
    • On Tuesday nights, Abe will deliver his lectures to the whole BFA2 cohort from 7:00-7:50PM; students will go to their assigned workshop sections from 8:00-9:50PM for feedback and critique.
    • On Thursday nights, Kat will deliver her lectures to the whole BFA2 cohort from 7:00-7:50PM; students will go to their assigned workshop sections from 8:00-9:50PM for feedback and critique.

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Fall 2021 Class Sign-Up

Optional Character Animation classes:

  • BFA1 online class sign-up for Character Animation optional classes and Critical Studies classes takes place on Tuesday August 10, 2021 @ 10:00AM Pacific Time via Self-Service
  • BFA2, BFA3 and BFA4 online class sign-up for Character Animation optional classes takes place on Monday August 9, 2021 @ 10:00AM Pacific Time via Self-Service. This sign-up is exclusive to Character Animation students.
  • BFA students should enroll in course numbers 100–400. Course numbers 500–700 are reserved for MFA students.

Required Character Animation classes:

  • Required Character Animation classes are preloaded by the Registrar. This process is ongoing and should be completed by early August.
  • Changes to Character Animation required classes are not permitted. Required classes always take precedence over optional / elective classes. 
    • The only exception to this rule is Film Workshop. If a student wants to change Film Workshop sections, they must find someone to swap with, agree to it together, and meet with Maija Burnett on Zoom. This must happen before the end of the Add / Drop period (Sept 24, 2021). 

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Remote Enrollment Requests for Fall 2021
  • CalArts’ expectation is that students will be on campus.
  • Fully remote enrollment in Character Animation is possible for Fall 2021 on a case-by-case basis if satisfactory progress to degree can be maintained for métier (Character Animation), Critical Studies, and any other requirements.
  • Contact Maija Burnett before Monday August 16 at 12PM Pacific Time to be considered for remote enrollment: mburnett@calarts.edu. Please do so by that date even if you have already been in contact about this topic.
  • Please note:
    • It will be the student’s responsibility to determine and ensure that all non-Character Animation classes (e.g. Critical Studies) can be accomplished remotely. Contact Academic Advising for any questions: academicadvising@calarts.edu.
    • International students should touch base with the International Students’ Office as well: international@calarts.edu.
    • For any students who wish to request remote enrollment due to medical concerns, contact Kristen Acosta, Coordinator of Student Care & Wellbeing: kacosta@calarts.edu

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Adjunct Faculty Update
  • Many adjunct faculty are returning; there will also be a number of new adjunct faculty teaching during the 2021-22 school year. 
  • New faculty bios.

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Program-run events (Portfolio Day, Open Show, Producers’ Show – spring semester)
  • We will provide more information over the coming months about how the events will take place. 
  • For Portfolio Day, we will continue to use the Animation Student Portfolios website to showcase participating students’ work, as we did last school year. We recommend students start working as early as possible on their portfolios. 

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Enrolling in classes offered by other programs at CalArts

Some classes outside the Character Animation program enroll via Self-Service, and others may enroll on Course Advising Day (Thursday Sept 9). Feel free to contact Maija Burnett for help with finding out information about non-Character Animation courses. 

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Critical Studies
  • Questions about Critical Studies classes can be sent to academicadvising@calarts.edu. Click here to view Critical Studies requirements: http://calarts.edu/academics/registrar/academic-requirements/school-of-critical-studies
  • BFA1’s generally take 5 units of Critical Studies per semester in their first year. In the fall semester, this typically includes CCIS-100 Introduction to Critical Studies (3 units), as well as an additional Critical Studies class (2 or 3 units). This might vary per student, depending on transfer credit.
  • BFA2, BFA3 and BFA4 students generally take 6 units of Critical Studies per semester. This might vary per student, depending on transfer credit.
  • Critical Studies will be offering some classes this fall semester that have in-person components, as well as some classes that are fully remote. 

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Mentors

Mentors will be assigned soon, and will be visible to students in Self-Service by the end of August. Read more about mentoring at CalArts here: http://calarts.edu/life-at-calarts/support-and-advocacy/academic-support/mentors

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