Stephanie Calo said:
I got rejected for the summer residency program... I'm wondering if I should even bother applying to the character animation program in the fall. My rejection email said the following:
Thank you for your interest in Summer Residencies at CalArts! We regret to inform you we cannot offer you admission into the program this year but encourage you to keep drawing and consider reapplying in the future.
We also offer three online portfolio building workshops that you may be interested in. Please visit the Extended Studies Animation Page for information.
CalArts Office of Extended Studies
Does anyone know if this is just a default email or if it says something different for each applicant?
It might be worth applying to the online workshops if they recommended it. I know for my Fall 2017 application they didn't mention anything about applying for other programs, but some people did get the recommendation. Taking classes at local community centers or even applying for a one year diploma program like VanArts could be a good substitute for the residency. I wish I could say more to lift your spirits, but there are definitely places for you to peruse your studies. I wouldn't let anything stop you from applying to them.