In the MFA Experimental Animation Program, students are provided with a comprehensive foundational background in addition to being encouraged to seek out poetic, lyrical, structural and other modes of experimentation with the materials and forms of the moving image. 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 also includes training in professionalization, and 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 MFA Experimental Animation students 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.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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