Program Categories: Character Animation, Experimental Animation, Computer Animation/Digital Art
Number of Students: 360
Number of Foreign Students: 68
Teacher / Student Ratio: 1:10
Year Program First Started: 1971
Fees / Tuition Information: Tuition is $25,520 for the 2004/05 Academic Year.
Is Financial Aid Available? yes
Financial Aid Information: The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to help students in meeting their costs of attendance at the Institute. CalArts is committed to offering a wide range of financial assistance to its students. While the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rest with the student and the student's family, many families have limited resources and are unable to meet the high cost of college without financial assistance. Therefore, all applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Financial aid programs, the fundingprocedures and the application process may change at the state, federal and institutional levels. The CalArts Financial Aid And Scholarship Brochure contains the latest informationavailable. You may request it in writing or by phoning (800) 443-0480.
Entrance Requirements: The Institute welcomes applications for admission from anyone committed to the visual or performing arts. The decision to admit an applicant is primarily the responsibility of the faculty of the individual school, following review procedures established by the faculty, deans, and administration. Review procedures focus on the applicant's talent and potential for successful professional study as demonstrated by portfolio review and other evidence of achievement and creative potential. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more details about the entrance requirements, www.calarts.edu/admissions
Facilities / Equipment: Available in the Film/Video cage for check out is a range of field equipment including 16mm cameras, digital cameras, sound equipment, lights and grip. Sound stages with complete lighting grids are available including stages just for 3D stop-motion. Postproduction facilities include an on-line editing system and nonlinear off-line editing (AVID and Final Cut Pro). There are a number of 16mm flatbed moviolas and animation pencil test systems. To shoot final animations, there are Oxberry camera stands, motion control stands and a video camera stand for single frame capturing. Our optical printer facility is used to rephotograph images on film or to create composite images. Sound facilities are state-of-the-art including mixing theatres, a recording studio, computer-based digital editing with Pro Tools and a computerized database for sound effects. Networked computer labs include a 3D Computer Animation Lab, Mutimedia Lab and Digital Imaging/Compositing Lab.
Program Philosophy: This is a school of film and video makers--the tool may be the camera, the optical printer or the computer. Every path the moving image has taken in the past or might take in the future is kept open for exploration and use. Since enthusiasm is the fostering soil for any creative and imaginative production, we welcome highly motivated students with an independent and daring approach towards their discipline. We offer an education based on comprehensively designed and tested curricula with a strong emphasis on artistic and intellectual boldness. The courses, classes, and workshops combine practical training in skills and craftsmanship with theoretical inquiry. Working and production progress in an incessant dialogue with aesthetic reflection and critical thinking. Students enroll in one of four programs: Program in Film and Video, Experimental Animation, Character Animation (undergraduate level only), or Film Directing Program (graduate level only).
Program Description: The School of Film/Video at CalArts is one of the nation's premier colleges for studying the art of the moving image. It is singularly devoted to filmmaking as a personal, independent art form. The School is especially unique in that it promotes the studies of all major types of filmmaking: dramatic narrative, documentary, experimental live-action, character-based animation, experimental animation, multimedia and installation.
Faculty Description: Thom Andersen Steve Anker Rebecca Baron Robert Benedetti James Benning Hartmut Bitomsky Ken Boyer Betzy Bromberg Steve Brown Nancy Buchanan Jamie Caliri Jeremy Cantor Stephen Chiodo Cornelius Cole, III Bill Eckert Dave Emerson Myron Emery Louis Florimonte Maureen Furniss Kevin Geiger Dan Hansen John Hawk Bill Hedge Leo Hobaica Jr. Marjan Hormozi Adele Horne Hillary Kapan Deborah LaVine David Lebow Tom Leeser Mark Lowenthal John Mahoney Gary Mairs Roderick Maki Kris Malkiewicz Craig Maras Raffaello Mazza Chris Meeks Nina Menkes E. Michael Mitchell Zachary Moncrief Bruce Morris Thor Moser Cynthia Overman Nicole Panter Rumen Petkov Theresa Pettengill Suzan Pitt Shane Prigmore Charlotte Pryce Carlos Ramos Berenice Reynaud Joshua Scherr Lisa Schoenberg Andrew Schuler Michael Scroggins Maureen Selwood Eric Sherman Craig Smith Jerry Summers Janice Tanaka Frank Terry Derek Thompson Pepe Valencia Paul Vester Mark Walton Kent Williams Kirsten Winter Billy Woodberry Sharon Wu
Alumni Information: Henry Anderson (BFA 88, Character Animation) Robin Anderson (BFA 95, Character Animation) Brad Bird (76, Character Animation) Dave Bossert (BFA 83, Character Animation) Brendan Burch (BFA 00, Character Animation) Tim Burton (79, Character Animation) Brenda Chapman (BFA 87, Character Animation) Peter Chung (81, Experimental Animation) Sean Daniel (BFA 73, Live Action) Eric Darnell (MFA 90, Experimental Animation) Dane Davis (BFA 81, Film and Video) Paul Demeyer (MFA 77, Experimental Animation) Peter Docter (BFA 90, Character Animation) Steve Hillenburg (MFA 92, Experimental Animation) William E. Jones (MFA 90, Live Action) Glen Keane (74, Experimental Animation) Mark Kirkland (BFA 78, Experimental Animation) Amy Kravitz (MFA 86, Experimental Animation) John Lasseter (BFA 79, Character Animation) James Mangold (BFA 85, Live Action) Craig McCracken (92, Character Animation) Michael Nguyen (88, Character Animation) Mark Osborne (BFA 92, Experimental Animation) Christine Panushka (MFA 83, Experimental Animation) Joanna Preistley (MFA 85, Experimental Animation) Henry Selick (MFA 77, Experimental Animation) Steven Subotnick (MFA 84, MFA 86, Experimental Animation) Gary Trousdale (82, Character Animation) David Wilson (MFA 76, Experimental Animation) Kirk Wise (CRT 85, Character Animation)
Career Placement Information: The Placement, Career, and Internship Development office seeks part-time and freelance employment for students who need additional income, as well as full-time employment for graduating students and alumni. Approximately 1,300 internships are available year-round to students. Internships are continuously sought with an emphasis on those that may result in a paid position. Inverviews for both jobs and internships are often held on campus to give students without transportation the opportunity to apply. "Survival workshops" are conducted throughout the year and tackle such topics as resume preparation, interviewing techniques, grant writing, contracts, and copyright law. The Resource Library contains application forms and information on grants, competitions, fellowships, festivals, and residencies for undergraduate and graduate students and is updated on an ongoing basis.
Other Pertinent Information: Admissions Deadlines: The recommended deadline for Fall 2005 admission is January 3, 2005. Many programs will continue to accept applications after the recommended deadline; please telephone the Office of Admissions at 800-545-2787 to confirm the program you are interested is still open.