BFA

4-Year Program

The BFA track in Experimental Animation emphasizes the creative development of a personal aesthetic in an interdisciplinary, artist-centered environment. Prior experience in animation is helpful to students entering the Program, but all students take courses in a broad range of animation approaches, which provide a foundation in animation techniques and concepts from which to expand upon. From handmade practices such as 2D drawing and working directly on film, to computer animation and pre-visualization skills—courses blend practical knowledge with creative practice and critique, allowing for a detailed examination of animation art.

As mentoring is central to the CalArts experience, students work closely with a mentor from the Experimental Animation faculty and other members of the Institute's accomplished faculty as they experiment with and extend their own unique artistic visions. Visiting artists provide critiques and perspectives on current animation practices, and recruitment professionals come to campus annually to review student portfolios to offer internships and employment at leading animation studios. BFA students are especially encouraged to study abroad in one of the Program's exchange opportunities.

All BFA Experimental Animation students are required to pass a Graduation Review in order to complete the Program.

Full Curriculum

Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.

View Curriculum Requirements


The Undergraduate Experience

CalArts is committed to providing a broad program of general education designed to enable students to consider aesthetic questions within larger socio-cultural, ethical and political contexts.

Learn more about the General Education curriculum


Interdisciplinary Opportunities

In addition to CalArts' rich and diverse community and naturally collaborative atmosphere, the Institute provides several programs of study that can be pursued concurrently with a student's chosen metier.

Digital Arts Minor

The Minor is designed to help undergraduate students grasp the knowledge to build, engineer and design innovative custom systems.

Digital Arts Minor

Interschool Degree

This option is available to a small number of graduates and advanced third- and fourth-year undergraduates whose skills and artistic interests warrant pursuing a degree in more than one School.

Interschool Degree


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