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Film and Television Summer Institute – Traditional Animation

Aspiring animators learn to write and draw their animated movies – no drawing experience required, just limitless imagination

Aspiring animators learn to write and draw their animated movies – no drawing experience required, just limitless imagination

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 is required, just limitless imagination!

The Traditional Animation Summer Institute will be offered as an online program with synchronous course meetings, practical exercises, and guest speakers. Students will learn traditional hand-drawn animation methods using a Wacom tablet/mouse, and utilize Pencil2D and Adobe Premiere to complete their animated projects.

Under the supervision of UCLA faculty, students will complete a series of exercises and learn the animation process from storyboard to post-production. Throughout the course, students will learn about the history of animation as well as contemporary industry practices, and prominent guests from the industry will visit the classroom to share their experiences and answer student questions about their career and working in Hollywood today. Each student will create an animated short film with sound and these final projects will be screened at the conclusion of the program – friends and family are welcome!

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

NOTE: The following is the program fee for international students.
  • Visiting International Student = $5,235
Additional charges such as registration, IEI, and document fees will be assessed.
Program Fee $5,235
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Doug Ward

Instructor, FILM TV 180A – Introduction to Animation

Doug Ward has been the Academic Administrator and an adjunct faculty member for the UCLA Animation Workshop since 1997. He has also taught animation as a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University. Doug has also worked as a Character Layout Artist and Animation Timer for Fox’s, King of the Hill. He also spent six years in the interactive industry, as an animator, director, writer, and producer. Among his credits are, The Wacky World of Miniature Golf, an interactive game he created, co-wrote, directed, and animated for Phillips Electronics, narrated by Eugene Levy. He has won numerous awards for his independent animated films and is currently working on his 23rd episode of The Barry Bird Show, his original, YouTube series.


Lourdes Stephanie Mercado

Instructor, FILM TV 180B – Writing for Animation

Lourdes Stephanie Mercado has been working in the animation industry since 2019 on works such as Alien X-Mas, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Santa Inc. Mercado’s work ranges from Puppet fabrication and Story Artist to an Illustrator.

Mercado’s current personal project is an ongoing webcomic called To The Stars. During her time at grad school, she made two films, Rata Voladora and Petals, with both films winning The Matt Groening Fellowship. The first film was animated by paper and the second was a paper cut-out film inspired by Lotte Reiniger.

Mercado received her B.A. in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of Hollywood and her M.F.A. in Animation from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Evan English

Instructor, FILM TV 179 – Digital Film and Television Production

Evan English is an artist, musician and art historian from Athens, GA. He entered UCLA in 2012, where he studied art history and film for his BA. In 2016, he was admitted to the UCLA Animation Workshop for film production, and began teaching in the Dept. of Art History. In 2017, he was selected for the Matt Groening Fellowship for the production of his film Shaolin Made Simple. He completed his master’s thesis and graduated from the Animation Workshop in 2019. Evan’s professional animation clients include Fair Shake Press and Mushka Productions, where he worked on the production of short films. He is currently producing storyboards and animation for Yohannes Studios in Los Angeles. He is excited to return to teaching at UCLA.

Alexandra Rosenberg

Instructor, FILM TV 104 – Film and Television Symposium

Alexandra is a Production Manager for Limited Event Series at Netflix Animation. She’s previously worked for Illumination Entertainment, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disney Television Animation and has extensive experience across both television and feature animation production. Select Credits include: Zootopia, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2, Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, and Sing 2. Alex has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Producing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, toddler daughter, dog, and two rabbits.