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Track 3: Traditional Animation

The basic philosophy of the world-famous UCLA Animation Workshop is "one person, one film." One individual does an entire film. This philosophy allows each filmmaker complete control over his or her film. Animation is defined as the movement of created images in recorded time, allowing static painting to come to life. Animation has only two limitations: your imagination and exhaustion.

In the exclusive Summer Institute Symposium, students from all tracks meet and listen to some of Hollywood’s most accomplished professionals. High-wattage guests have included Simon Kinberg (writer-producer, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the New Mutants, Deadpool 2); Zak Penn (writer, Ready Player One, The Avengers); Chris Gorak (director, The Darkest Hour); Meg LeFauve (writer, Inside Out); John Hegeman (chief marketing officer, New Regency Productions); and many others.

Hollywood & Networking
As part of the Summer Institute, students tour a major Hollywood movie studio. A networking mixer for students and alumni takes place on the last night of the program and the movies from the film production and animation tracks are shown.

This program carries 12 quarter units of UC credit. Students in this track are enrolled in the following classes:

  • FTV 101A Symposium (1)
    In this weekly seminar prominent guests from the industry share their experiences and answer student questions about their career and working in Hollywood today.
  • FTV 180A Introduction to Animation (5)
    Participants will learn the fundamentals of animation through exercises and preparation of a short animated film. Each student will make a 10-second film in one of the traditional techniques (non-computer), with music and/or sound effects; no dialog.
  • FTV 180B Writing for Animation (4)
    Research and practice in creative writing and planning for animated film. Visual writing, editing and animatic production will be taught through a sequence of storyboard assignments (the second board and animatic will be used for the 180A film).
  • FTV 178 Film and Television Laboratory (2)
    Lab work each week will cover basic sound (working with pre-recorded sound effects, music and recording Foley); non-linear editing (turning the animatic into a complete film); weeks 1-5 will include life drawing sessions. Week 6 will be devoted to final output of picture and sound

This track is open to all college students (freshmen and above) and aspiring filmmakers (18+), including international students.

View the program layout for Traditional Animation (June 25 - August 3, 2018).

Register Online. In order to secure your spot, a $150 nonrefundable deposit is due upon completion of your application for the program. You may pay by credit or debit card using our secure online credit card form. Your $150 deposit is nonrefundable.

Grades and Transcripts
Program participants will earn units of credit on a letter grading basis and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students.

Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls for students age 16 and older. You can view the various housing options and rates. You will need UCLA Logon ID and Password in order to access the online housing application.

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