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Spend your summer learning at CalArts, either in-person or online. Choose from several credit and non-credit options.

Extended Studies Offerings

Extended Studies at CalArts provides innovative continuing education arts courses designed to meet the needs of both emerging artists and lifelong learners. There are programs this summer for both high school and adult students.

  • Summer Animation classes at CalArts are offered both online and in-person for high school students and adult artists.
  • The Discover Music Program, designed for emerging artists aged 14-17,  is an intensive music session with students living in on campus for the one- or two-week sessions.
  • The Summer Art Residency is a five-week on campus program that offers an opportunity for emerging and/or mid-career artists working in all disciplines to advance their work in an immersive studio environment.
  • The Summer Filmmaking Residency: The core of the residency will be hands on practice. Students will be required to create a minimum of 3 short films: one personal essay film, one research driven documentary, and one hybrid film crossing fiction and factual storytelling featuring recreation and staged events. This residency is not recommended for beginning filmmakers.

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Critical Studies Classes

If you're a CalArts student looking to catch up (or get ahead) on Critical Studies credits, or a guest student simply interested in learning about varied topics, then check out the summer offerings:

  • Rock & Roll and Movies: Taught by Gary Mairs, the class is a history of Popular Music from 1955 to the present, as seen through its representation in cinema. We will see key works in the history of Rock & Roll movies and read a number of the important critical texts on the music. Learn more.
  • Human Body: Food to Function: Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and readings, we will survey the human body from a molecular level. This course will begin with a discussion of atoms, the building blocks of food, and will end with how a complete human body senses the world around it. Taught by Mike Bryant. Learn more.
  • Pursuing Happiness: From Buddha to Positive Psychology: From a self-help craze to government funded scientific research, the pursuit of happiness has become a 'hot topic' in both popular culture and multiple fields of social science inquiry and research. The "Science of Well-being" incorporates happiness research in many areas including economics, behavioral studies, and positive psychology (the study of positive emotions, positive experiences, character strengths, and the practices that facilitate their development). Taught by Niki Rousso-Schindler. Learn more.


  • Priority registration: April 2 - May 3
  • Late registration: May 4 - 17
  • Tuition due: May 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Tuition: $2,025 per class


*CalArts students who want to take for any of the aforementioned Critical Studies classes, should enroll through Guest students should contact our Extended Studies Office for registration.

California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)

This preprofessional, summer arts program for students of high school age was created by the California Legislature. The program has been held at CalArts since its first session in 1987. CSSSA students are rigorously trained in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film. While the majority of students are from California, out-of-state students are welcome to apply as there are 20 out-of-state slots. 

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ID Tech

The Silicon Valley-based company offers tech camps (in game design, robotics, coding, etc.) for kids and teens for kids and teenagers ages 7 to 17. CalArts is one of its 150 host campuses throughout the country. 

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