Traditional Animation Summer Institute


JUNE 21 - JULY 30, 2021
Six Week Online Program



Due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation, students will participate in courses remotely via Zoom in order to protect the health and safety of our community and visiting students.

Make your own animated film and meet Hollywood’s most accomplished professionals at the world-famous UCLA Animation Workshop. The Traditional Animation track teaches students how to write, storyboard, and draw their own animation film. No drawing experience required, just limitless imagination!


In the exclusive Summer Institute Animation Symposium, students meet and listen to some of Hollywood’s most accomplished professionals. High-wattage guests have included Meg LeFauve (writer, Inside Out); Jared Bush (writer/director, Zootopia, Moana); Raymond Persi (writer/director/animator, The Simpsons); high-level executives, visual development artists, and artists from the biggest animation creators like, Marvel Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Illumination, Warner Animation, Adult Swim; and many others.

Hollywood & Networking

During the weekly Summer Institute Mixer, students network with students from other UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute tracks via Zoom. The Film and Television Summer Institute culminates with a virtual final project screening, closing night ceremony, and a networking mixer for students of our program. Friends and family are welcome!


Program Eligibility

This track is open to highly motivated high school students enrolled in 9th – 12th grade in Spring 2021, college students, and aspiring filmmakers, including international students.

Application Requirements

The Traditional Animation track is by instructor consent only. To participate, you must apply and receive acceptance into the program.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • In 150 - 200 words, share why would you like to participate in the program and what do you expect to gain from the experience
  • In 150 - 200 words, what prior experience, if any, do you have in animation? Include both academic coursework and extracurricular activities. Previous experience in animation is not a requirement

How to Register

This track is open to all students and aspiring filmmakers (18 years of age and older), including international students. Students will not be required to apply to this track. Registration can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
  2. Complete the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions
  3. Submit your registration form.
  4. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page.

Allow up to two weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable registration fee ($150 for UCLA and UC students, $350 for non-UC students) and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

This fee is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the waitlist, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable registration fee but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

How to Make Registration Changes

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit

  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching to a new program


Student Quotes

The UCLA Traditional Animation program gave me hands-on experience, direction (in terms of which animation pipeline to pursue) and a strong network of talented professors as well as classmates. It was the perfect program to learn the expectations of the animation industry and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.
-Melody Guivi
Traditional Animation 2018

Though this program gave me the opportunity to talk to my professors on a more intimate level, create work on desks once owned by Disney, and listen to stories and advice from people in the film industry, what really made this a memorable experience are the friends I made. It was such a small and intimate setting that we all got to know each other quite well. Everyone was so passionate, welcoming, open-minded, and kind and encouraging towards one another. Today, we still talk and keep in touch, sharing our work, hoping, to one day create something beautiful and valuable.
-Esmeralda Yepez
Traditional Animation 2018

I go to school to UCLA and love taking film classes here. The professors are passionate and friendly and the material is interesting and relevant to life.
-Traditional Animation Student 2018

Loved it! Everyone from class still talks and encourages each other to practice our work. We just set up where we’re going to show our work to each other every two weeks to keep each other accountable.
-Traditional Animation Student 2018

I already recommended the program before it ended. Very positive and welcoming environment.
-Traditional Animation Student 2018

I made some of my best friends there! And the professors were all super knowledgeable and were always willing to answer any questions we had about animating, about the industry, and about life! (They) were always there after hours helping all the students fix a certain scene or figure out poses for their animations. Every professor was super passionate and it definitely motivated me and the other students. I really do love how the classes are small and you get to know each other really well.
-Traditional Animation Student 2017

I was in the animation track and I had a blast!
-Traditional Animation Student 2017








Program Dates

JUNE 21 - JULY 30, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 21 - JULY 30: Traditional Animation Summer Institute

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