Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP) 

October 2020 - June 2021

We invite you to sign up for the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP), a free 30-week after-school program offered through a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, CalArts, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. This program is for students ages 11-17. This art and animation class explores topics such as the principles of animation, animation history, comics, storyboarding, story development, character design, world building, stop motion, video creation, and much more! Each class is staffed by a team of 4-5 instructors and has the capacity for 20-30 students.

All class meetings will take place online via Zoom and Google Sites. Students can access the classes free of charge. Each of our 6 class sites follows a different schedule. Choose the one that works best for you! We may resume in-person classes in the Spring, depending on public health guidelines.

-The Fall semester starts the week of October 5 and ends the week of December 14.
-The Spring semester starts the week of January 11 and ends the week of June 1.
-The final culmination event will take place on June 12 either remotely or in-person.
-You will receive detailed class info once your registration is confirmed.

Class Info:

-Center for the Arts Eagle Rock: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-7PM
-Pacoima Public Library: Mondays & Wednesdays 4-7PM.
-Watts Towers Arts Center Campus: Wednesdays 4-7PM & Saturdays 11AM-2PM.
-William Reagh Photography Center at Teatro Frida Kahlo: Thursdays 4-7PM & Saturdays 11AM-2PM.
-Wilmington Public Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7PM.
-NEW Online-Only Workshops: Mondays and Thursdays, 4-7PM. (This class will remain online even if the other sites return to in-person programming. Great for those who do not live near the other class sites.)




Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Annapurna Kumar for more information! | 213.290.5109

CAPSA: Creative Labs Program - Free Summer Arts 

CAP is proud to offer its first-ever virtual summer arts program for high school students in Los Angeles county. CAPSA: Creative Labs offers one-week online instruction/mentoring in each art discipline:

1. Art ( photography & media, graphic design, art & tech, painting, sculpture)

2. Creative Writing 

3. Dance 

4. Film/Animation  

5. Music 

6. Theater 

All 6 labs will run for 1 week over a 4 week period, online, using Zoom. Students can register to participate in up to 4 labs or just 1. All 6 labs take place simultaneously each week: Monday - Friday from  1pm - 3pm. Students can now “meet”  instructors by checking our CAPSA website.

Priority Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 25, 2020  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

For questions email

Self Help Graphics

In partnership with Self Help Graphics, CAP offers a free after-school visual arts class for high school youth participants in Boyle Heights. This course includes a range of artforms including painting, sculpture, printmaking, filmmaking, photography, and more. Classes are taught by CalArts alumni and current students. The 20-week course of classes culminates in a final exhibition in early May. All equipment and supplies are provided. Classes do not meet on holidays and breaks. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 4-7PM from Feb. 6 - Apr. 30, 2020.

Register Here

For more information please contact Program Manager Alma Catalan at or by calling 661-222-2726.

CAP Photography Lab

Registration for CAP Photography Lab 2020 is now closed. If you would like more information or to be added to the contact list for next year, please email Program Manager Alma Catalan at

The Photography Lab program runs every Spring semester at CalArts. The CAP Photography Lab is a twelve-week program for high school students who are interested in learning about photography. No prior photo knowledge is required. The program takes place on campus in the CalArts darkroom facility on Saturdays from 1 pm - 5 pm. Transportation is provided from designated pick up locations to CalArts and back.During the program, students take classes taught by faculty and students from the CalArts School of Art's Photography Department. All equipment and materials are provided. The program ends with a group exhibition of the students' work.