Program Overview

Students will be enrolled in CAR 120: Experimental Animation. This is a regularized undergraduate course delivered through classroom-based instruction and homework. The class may consist of both Summer College and undergraduate students.

CAR120, Experimental Animation, is an introduction to multiple animation techniques and modalities. We focus on camera based animation techniques such as stop motion, cut paper, and drawing. While the course is designed to develop your animation skills we also spend time on story and character development as well as editing and sound for animation. Woven into hands-on training are frequent short screenings of animated shorts from the last 100 years. This is a great class for students who are interested in exploring a career in animation and for students who are fans of animation and want to explore the medium further. This is an introductory course, so no experience is required or necessary.

  This program helped me to see that animation is a career path that I’d be interested in, and it helped me to add some pieces to my portfolio for college applications.   -Summer College Art & Craft of Animation student, 2018

Program Objectives

  • To practice multiple modalities of animation
  • To develop a personal sense of timing and action as relates to animation
  • To understand the history of animation as an art form and an industry
  • To develop characters and stories for animation

Learn more about CAR 120: The Art and Craft of Animation:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session II: July 13 – July 26, 2019
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: 3 credits
Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $4,830*
  • Commuter: $4,036*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students are expected to be respectful of each other and helpful towards each other. Students  should be capable of working without close supervision as there is a lot of one-on-one teaching during work periods.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

An average session in CAR120 consists of demonstrations and examples, but our primary use of time is getting our hands dirty telling stories one frame at a time. Students will work in both individual and group contexts producing animations based on the techniques and ideas we talk about in class. On average, in a four hour session there will be one hour of lecture and examples, 2.5 hours of individual and/or group work time, and 30 minutes of critique. This varies depending on the project we’re working on.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

End Event

There will be a final screening on the last day and typically occurs in the last hour of the class. In the morning, the students will finalize and finish up their shows and projects. Parents are welcome.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 26, 2019 upon the completion of their course at 5:00pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Heath Hanlin, Department of Transmedia, Associate Professor, Computer Art and Animation Program Coordinator, Computer Art and Animation

Heath Hanlin has been an animator and professor of animation for more than 20 years. His former students work at all the big animation production houses: Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and many smaller companies you’ve never heard of. His independent animations have screened at film festivals all over the world as well as on American and European television. He is a voting member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest professional organization for animators in the world.