Application Requirements

Animation Required Assignments

Students do not need prior formal training in animation to apply to the Animation Program.Applicants must submit completed application and teacher recommendation forms, and ALL of the following REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS. If you fail to include any of the required assignments, your application will be deemed incomplete and disqualified from further review:

A. One drawing or painting that shows what you feel is unique about yourself.

B. One drawing or painting of any subject that interests you. You might consider an emotion, memory, song, place or thing. Provide an explanation of the work on a separate sheet of paper, and include the poem, or lyrics if appropriate.

C. One drawing or painting that you feel demonstrates your technical skills.

Format for Assignments A, B and C: all must be submitted in .jpg format only. Please save your assignments with your first initial and last name followed by the appropriate letter for each of the submissions. For example, John Smith would label his work as follows:

jsmith_A.jpg
jsmith_B.jpg
jsmith_C.jpg

D. Either a flipbook that has at least 25 pages, or a video on a flash drive, of an animation you have created that demonstrates your understanding of motion.

ACCEPTABLE file formats for video submission: .avi, .mov or .mp4. Please do not include files in a format that is native to the program you are using to edit video (if applicable). Auditions submitted on any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.

E. Two typed statements of no more than 150 words each addressing the following topics:

1. The CSSSA Animation program requires each student to complete 8 difficult projects in only 4 weeks. Give us an example of something you have done before in school or in your life that required you to work very hard, and tell us how you did on that task or group of tasks.

2. Why are you interested in animation?

RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY

Applicants who attended the Animation Program previously must include a typed statement of no more than 150 words explaining what you hope to achieve during your second summer at CSSSA if you are accepted. This statement will be accepted instead of Assignment E Topic 1 above. Also note: Assignments A through D must be new submissions that show your DEVELOPMENT and GROWTH AS AN ARTIST since you attended the program. Do not submit work you created at a previous session or your application will be disqualified. If you previously attended CSSSA in an artistic discipline other than Animation, you must submit a recommendation from a CSSSA instructor in that department.

NOTE TO ALL ANIMATION PROGRAM APPLICANTS:

VERY IMPORTANT: The review committee insists that all work is presented with the utmost care and attention. The artwork / animation you submit should be original and from your own experience and imagination. The committee wants to see YOU reflected in the content and distinctive style of your artwork. Be yourself! There should be no copying of existing cartoon characters. We also discourage the submission of standard animation exercises such as the bouncing ball and flour sack. The applicant is highly encouraged to include submissions that explore a wide range of fine arts styles and ideas other than cartoon art.

DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORKS. They will not be considered.

If you submit an original flipbook and would like it returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped shipping envelope or box with your application. The California State Summer School for the Arts DOES NOT assume responsibility for the loss or damage of any materials submitted.

Creative Writing Required Assignments

Applicants to the Creative Writing Program must submit completed application and teacher recommendation forms and the following REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS:A. Personal Statement: What do you hope to gain from participating in this program? Include the styles and forms that most appeal to you, the names of your favorite writers and why you admire them. (Limit: 200 words / double-spaced)

B. Creative Non-fiction: Using the present tense, write an early memory in the first person. This should be a memory centered around a parent(s) or guardian before you were 10. Use only those words and perceptions appropriate to a young child. The memory should be about a brief incident – no more than an hour- and should happen in one place. (Limit: 1 page / double-spaced).

C. Dialogue: Write a two-person scene in which one character tries to break through another character’s stubborn sense of reality. Consider unwarranted fears, baseless optimism, blind devotion etc. Make the issue both specific and dramatic. Do this mainly in dialogue, but be sure to indicate a particular time and place. (Limit: 1 – 2 page / double-spaced).

D. Descriptive Prose: Write three short paragraph blocks; the first, “fear,” the second, “anger,” and the third, “relief.” The trick is to not use these words within the text. Allow each paragraph block to render these emotions through the description of physical sensations or images. If you want, write mini-stories that dramatize each of these emotions. Avoid clichés such as “rolling tears”, “clenched fists”, etc. (Limit: 1 – 1.5 pages / double-spaced).

E. Poetry: Write a poem inspired by a visual image you have selected. The poem should not rhyme unless it is written to follow a strict poetic form, e.g., rondeau, villanelle, or sonnet. (Limit: 1 page / single-spaced).

F. OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENT: You may also submit any piece of writing that you have created of which you are particularly proud. Excerpts from longer works are acceptable. Please do not include school assignments or journalism. (Limit: 2 pages / double-spaced).

RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY:

If you previously attended CSSSA in an artistic discipline other than Creative Writing, you must submit a recommendation from a CSSSA instructor in that department.

NOTE TO ALL CREATIVE WRITING APPLICANTS:

Parents and teachers are not to edit or collaborate with the writer. Perfection is not the basis for admission; the panel will evaluate the intent, talent and creativity of response demonstrated by the applicant in the required assignments. Any suggestion of adult input will negatively influence the panel’s decision and hurt the applicant’s chances of admission.

All assignments must be typed or neatly hand-written, double-spaced and free of errors, and on separate pages. All entries must be typed in 12 pt. Font, with 1-inch margins. No fancy fonts please. Include your name and the proper assignment letter (A, B, C, D, E, or F) on each page.

We will not return the assignments; send copies, and not originals.

IMPORTANT: You must provide 4 sets of copies of each assignment for the Review Panel. Each of the 4 sets must have one copy of each assignment. For example, set 1 will include a copy of Assignment A, Assignment B, Assignment C, Assignment D, and so forth. Sets 2, 3 and 4 will be identical to set 1 with copies of Assignment A, Assignment B, Assignment C, Assignment D, etc. Be sure to staple each assignment and clip all 4 together with a paper clip.

Dance Required Assignments

Applicants to the Dance program must submit completed applications and teacher recommendation forms and the following REQUIRED DANCE VIDEO ASSIGNMENTS. [ACCEPTABLE file formats for video submission: .avi, .mov or .mp4. Please do not include files in a format that is native to the program you are using to edit video (if applicable). Auditions submitted in any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.]A. Introduction: At the beginning of the video, identify yourself, describe your interest in dance, and tell us how many years of training you have had in ballet and/or modern dance. Tell us what you hope to gain by attending the California State Summer School for the Arts, and discuss your educational and career goals. INTRODUCTIONS SHOULD NOT EXCEED 20 SECONDS -be brief! (RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY: You must briefly state your specific learning objectives and reasons for wanting to return to the CSSSA Dance Program. If you previously attended CSSSA in an artistic discipline other than Dance, you must submit a recommendation from a CSSSA instructor in that department).

B. Warm-up: Execute a standing dance warm-up (not to exceed two minutes) that shows your technical strengths and abilities. The warm-up must emphasize strength, stretch, balance, coordination, and rhythm. In center floor, please include jumps and pirouettes. (You may perform this warm-up to music if you wish but it is not required.)

C. Performance/Choreography: Perform one or two dances (not to exceed a total of four minutes) that you have studied and/or choreographed. Describe your selection(s) indicating the choreographer(s) and musical composer(s) at the beginning of this section. Absolutely NO GROUP PERFORMANCE videos will be accepted.

NOTE TO ALL DANCE APPLICANTS

  • Female applicants MUST wear a leotard and tights or unitard for audition video
  • Male applicants MUST wear a T-shirt and tights or unitard for audition video
  • NO LOOSE FITTING or street clothing, please.
  • Time limits are strictly enforced.

It is your responsibility to check your video before you send it to us to make certain that it is viewable. Format for Assignments A, B and C: all must be submitted in .jpg format only. Please save your assignments with your first initial and last name followed by the appropriate letter for each of the submissions. For example, John Smith would label his work as follows:

jsmith_A.jpg
jsmith_B.jpg
jsmith_C.jpg

Film & Video Required Assignments

Applicants to the Film and Video Program must submit completed application and teacher recommendation forms and THE REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS, A through C, and either Assignment D or Alternative Assignment E.A. Describe in 150 words or more the role you want filmmaking to play in your life, as well as your beliefs on what filmmakers have to offer to our culture at large.

B. Describe a film that inspired you, in 150 words or more. Discuss the theme and directorial authorship. What is the film saying about the world? Why is this film special to you? Avoid discussing your personal likes and dislikes. Instead, describe the work’s content, what it is saying, and how this was achieved.

C. In 100 words or more, discuss the director who you find inspiring and what about his/her work you find interesting.

D. Submit only one film or video piece that you have created, with a maximum running time of ten minutes. Music videos, group projects, and PSA’s are strongly discouraged!

ACCEPTABLE file formats for video submission: .avi, .mov or .mp4. Please do not include files in a format that is native to the program you are using to edit video (if applicable). Auditions submitted on any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.

You must include the following items in addition to the film or video:

  • A description of your project — two sentences maximum.
  • A short statement that describes your work. What was your intent?
  • What was your project’s budget, equipment used and what resources at your disposal?
  • A description of your artistic practice, or your role in the project, (e.g., writer, director, cinematographer or editor)

REQUIRED INFORMATION ON ALL SUBMISSIONS:

Your work will NOT be reviewed unless it is clearly labeled with (1) your name, (2) the title and running time, and (3) what you did on the piece; e.g., writer, camera operator, editor, or director. Please save your assignments with your first initial and last name followed by the appropriate letter for each of the submissions. For example, John Smith would label his work as follows:

jsmith_A.jpg
jsmith_B.jpg
jsmith_C.jpg

ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENT:

If you cannot submit a movie, you may instead tell a short story in ten shots or less. The written element of this proposal should include a paragraph-long description of the piece and why you want to make it. Why is the film important to you? What are you trying to say about the world with this work? It is preferred the images are photos or printed pictures. VERY IMPORTANT: The budget for your proposed video may not exceed $250.00 (two hundred and fifty dollars), and you must provide a short description of how and where you plan to use that money. Do not include any expenses for camera and related equipment or tape stock for purposes of this assignment. Keep in mind that this assignment is meant to give the faculty an idea of who you are as a filmmaker and what you might be capable of making while at CSSSA. You should demonstrate ability and creative practicality in visualizing your video. Note: If you choose this assignment, you must include additional elements that will help the faculty understand and evaluate your proposal. These may include two- dimensional art works, location photos, or short character studies.

RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY

Previous attendees must submit original work completed after the summer session, which reflects your growth as a film or video artist. In addition you must submit a brief statement of your specific learning objectives and reasons for wanting to return to the school. If you previously attended CSSSA in an artistic discipline other than Film/Video, you must submit a recommendation from a CSSSA instructor in that department.

Music Required Assignments

All applicants to the Music Program must submit completed application and teacher recommendation forms and the following REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS:ALL MUSIC APPLICANTS:

A. An audition video recording that includes your performance of two pieces of contrasting styles that you have studied. The maximum combined performance length for the audition is six minutes.

B. Begin your video by stating your name, your instrument(s) and the number of years you have played each (if applicable), and the titles and composers of your selections. Then start your audition.

ACCEPTABLE file formats for video submission: .avi, .mov or .mp4. Please do not include files in a format that is native to the program you are using to edit video (if applicable. Auditions submitted on any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.

C. In addition, ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER, write your answer to the following question: Why do you want to attend the California State Summer School for the Arts, and what do you think you will contribute to the Music Program?

Optional Composition Assignment:

If you have a strong interest and ability in composing, you may include a recording of ONE original composed piece. Please note this is IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS outlined above.

Submit an audition video recording of your composition. The maximum performance length for the audition is six minutes.

Begin your video by stating your name, the title, the instrumentation of your piece and the method of composition, (software platform). After you introduce yourself, begin the one original piece that best shows your range of abilities. The music may either be a recording of a live performance or a computer realization (you do not need to video the computer).

You MUST provide a copy of the notated score of your original composition. You may submit either handwritten manuscript or computerized printouts made with notation software.

RETURNING STUDENTS:

In addition, you must submit a brief statement of your specific learning objectives and reasons for wanting to return to the school. If you previously attended CSSSA in an artistic discipline other than Music, you must submit a recommendation from a CSSSA instructor in that department.

NOTE FOR ALL MUSIC APPLICANTS

  • Auditions submitted on any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.
  • Please save your assignments with your first initial and last name followed by the appropriate letter for each of the submissions. For example, John Smith would label his work as follows:
    • jsmith_A.mov
    • jsmith_B.mov
    • jsmith_C.mov

If you are applying to both vocal and instrument, you must submit a separate application, application fee and separate flash drives with your audition videos. Clearly label the forms and audition materials with the different areas. Vocalists whose MAIN interest is acting in musical theatre should apply to the Theater Program.

Theater Required Assignments

Applicants to the Theater Program must submit completed application and teacher recommendation forms and the two REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS, A and B below. Applicants may submit assignment C, but it is NOT required:A. A photograph of yourself. This is a non-competitive application requirement: you do not need to submit a professional head shot. Nothing fancy or expensive is required. A simple Polaroid snapshot, a digital photo printed on plain paper, or any inexpensive photograph which clearly shows your face will suffice. Print your name on the back.

B. A video audition:

1. Introduction: At the beginning, SIMPLY tell us your name, your age and where you are from. Then describe your interest in Theater and what you hope to gain from attending the program. (Please be brief – 15 seconds is enough!)

2. Performance: Do a monologue or solo speech by a single character from a play. Introduce your performance by telling us the name of the work, the author, and the role you will play, but no more information than that. When taping your monologue, keep in mind that the production quality of the video is not as important as making sure that the judges will be able to see you (all of you) and hear you. Please Note: Absolutely NO GROUP PERFORMANCE VIDEOS, PERFORMANCE DOCUMENTARY VIDEOS OR EXCERPTS FROM DEMO TAPES will be reviewed.

ACCEPTABLE file formats for video submission: .avi, .mov, or .mp4. Please do not include files in a format that is native to the program you are using to edit video (if applicable). Auditions submitted on any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.

C. Optional Musical Performance: If you have a strong interest and ability in musical theater, you can include a performance of 16 bars from a song from the American Musical Theater (no pop songs, please). THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIRED INTRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE described above. Identify your character, the musical, the situation and the song. Accompaniment is not required. The length of the audition, including introduction, performance, and the optional musical selection, should be no longer than FOUR MINUTES! (CSSSA does not offer a separate musical theater program. Musical Theater is a limited-enrollment elective class that students may sign up for on the first day of class).

RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY

Make sure that your video is of an original audition that shows your growth as an actor since you have been at CSSSA, and state in your introduction why you think you should be given a second opportunity to enroll in the Theater Program. If you previously attended CSSSA in an artistic discipline other than Theater, you must submit a recommendation from a CSSSA instructor in that department.

NOTE FOR ALL THEATER APPLICANTS

  • ACCEPTABLE file formats for video submission: .avi, .mov, or .mp4. Please do not include files in a format that is native to the program you are using to edit video (if applicable). Auditions submitted on any format other than those outlined above will NOT be reviewed.
  • Please save your assignments with your first initial and last name followed by the appropriate letter for each of the submissions. For example, John Smith would label his work as follows:
    • jsmith_A.mov
    • jsmith_B.mov
    • jsmith_C.mov
  • We DO NOT assume responsibility for the loss or damage of submissions. AUDITION MATERIALS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Application advice: To increase your chances of being accepted, FOLLOW ALL OF THE ABOVE DIRECTIONS!

Visual Arts Required Assignments

Applicants to the Visual Arts Program must submit completed application and teacher recommendations and the following REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS:A. Choose any issue that interests you (something personal, political or social). Use whatever materials, techniques and processes work best to express your views on the chosen issue. Provide an explanation of the work on a separate sheet of paper.

In this assignment we are looking for your ability to communicate a personal view on a particular issue through a work of art.

B. Create an original art piece that reflects who you are. Use appropriate materials and techniques to interpret your idea.

In this assignment, we will look at how you creatively interpret the problem, and how you make artistic choices.

C. Choose a piece of your artwork that you feel best demonstrates your technical skill and understanding of your favorite medium.

In this assignment, we want to see that you have developed the skills needed to succeed in this advanced program.

RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY

Applicants who attended the California State Summer School for the Arts previously must submit in writing a one page essay stating their reasons for wishing to return to the school, and their learning objectives for a second summer. ALSO NOTE: Assignments A through C MUST be new, original submissions that show your development and growth since you attended our program. DO NOT submit work you created during the previous summer session. The essay and your progress as an artist will be seriously reviewed. All second year applicants must also submit a recommendation by a CSSSA instructor from the department that you attended previously.

NOTE FOR ALL VISUAL ART APPLICANTS

  • Do not submit class assignments from school! We want to learn about YOUR ideas, and see how YOU solve problems.
  • Use different mediums for the above assignments, one of your submissions must be a drawing using a material of your choosing (for example, charcoal, pencil, pastel, etc.)
  • At least one of your submissions must reflect your first choice (for example, if you selected ceramics as your first choice, one of your assignments must be in clay work)
  • Send no more than three images total, one per assignment. File types must be saved as .jpg ONLY. Digital images in formats other than .jpg will not be reviewed.
  • Please save your assignments with your first initial and last name followed by the appropriate letter for each of the submissions. For example, John Smith would label his work as follows:
    • jsmith_A.jpg
    • jsmith_B.jpg
    • jsmith_C.jpg
  • WORK NOT LABELED WILL NOT BE REVIEWED
  • We do not assume responsibility for the loss or damage of any materials submitted.