Traditional Animation Summer Institute


JUNE 24 - AUGUST 2, 2019


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. The only limitation is your imagination!


In the exclusive Summer Institute Symposium, students 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 films from the film production and animation tracks are shown in our state-of-the-art theater. Friends and family are welcome!

Program Eligibility

To participate in the Film and Television Summer Institute - Traditional Animation track, you must meet the following requirement.

  • Student and/or aspiring filmmaker 18 years of age or older as of the first day of the program. Rising high school seniors are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

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.

Once your form is submitted, you will be redirected to the retrieve registration page, where you can select “Pay Now” to proceed with payment of the non-refundable deposit . Continue with the payment instructions to reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* 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 deposit 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 you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, 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 deposit 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 24 - AUGUST 2, 2019

Important Dates

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JUNE 24 - AUGUST 2: Traditional Animation Summer Institute

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session A)

JUNE 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session C)