Pixar Undergraduate Program (PUP) - Summer 2013
Pixar - Emeryville, CA

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About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up and most recently, Brave. The Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Monsters University (June 21, 2013).

Who Should Apply

The ideal candidate is someone at the beginning of their academic career who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. Pixar Undergraduate Program (PUP) students will return to school upon conclusion of the program.

Summary of Position

Pixar’s Undergraduate Program ("PUP") is a classroom-based, 10 week hands-on course taught by a variety of experienced Technical Directors at Pixar. In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn about Pixar's filmmaking process and explore a variety technical career options as they get first-hand experience in how a production studio works. The classroom curriculum will focus on several technical aspects of filmmaking, such as: modeling, shading, rigging, lighting, simulation and visual effects. Students will work on projects individually and in small groups to reinforce lecture concepts. Additionally, students will be exposed to production work in greater detail through presentations by a variety of Technical Directors at Pixar.

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Digital Effects, Art or a related field.
  • Interest in a career as a Technical Director at an animation studio.
  • Interest in or experience with computer programming.
  • Interest in or experience with a 3D graphic package such as Maya.
  • Interest or experience in photography, art, sculpture, sewing, costume design, or film.
  • Proven academic excellence and/or extracurricular passion in Computer Science, Art, Digital Effects or a related field.
  • We encourage you to submit examples of visual work. Such work may include photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, flat work, or other dimensional work. Examples of software or tools you have written, along with code samples, is highly encouraged. You may submit a reel of live-action or animated film or video along with your visual work. Instructions for submitting material is below.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor, instructor, or former employer is optional. If you choose to submit one, you can submit it with your resume, cover letter and transcripts as one file under "Resume Attachment" OR you can mail the letter of recommendation to the address below.
Term: Summer 2013 (June - August)

The deadline to apply for the PUP program is 5pm PST on Friday, March 22, 2013.
All application materials must be submitted by 5pm PST on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Submission Process

1) Apply online with your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript/list of classes taken. Please submit them as one file under "Resume Attachment."

Please ensure that you have agreed to the Terms and Agreements at the end of the on-line application. By agreeing, you are agreeing to the terms of the Submission Release, you will not be able to continue without this affirmation.

2) Once you have submitted your online application, please click on the SlideRoom link below and upload your demo reel. You must sign up for a SlideRoom account in order to upload your demo reel. Please be sure to use the EXACT same e-mail address that you used for your online application.

SlideRoom Applicant Portal

3) Depending on the amount of applicants, we're generally able to make final hiring decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the posted deadline date. If we are interested in pursuing you for the position, we will contact you directly to further discuss.

  • If, due to legalities, your demo reel is not in a digital format and you cannot submit it online, please mail it to the address below.
  • For tips on how to create a demo reel please click here.
  • For technical help with uploading your demo reel please click here.
  • In your demo reel, tell us what we're looking at and what you did by including it in the frame before/during the sequence.
  • If uploading examples of visual work to SlideRoom, please upload file in a video format (ex. mov, wmv, flv, mp4 ).
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we're not able to provide feedback.
  • You will receive an email acknowledging the successful receipt of your on-line application.
  • Please follow the instructions above.
If you wish to mail your letter of recommendation or portfolio, please send a hard copy of your resume, cover letter to:

Pixar Animation Studios
Attn: Recruiting / Pixar Undergraduate Program
1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608

  • We do not accept any submissions at our Security Kiosk.
  • Due to the quantity of submissions we receive, we are unable to personally confirm receipt of packages.
  • Please do not send original work.

The deadline to apply for the PUP program is 5pm PST on Friday, March 22, 2013.
All application materials must be submitted by 5pm PST on Friday, March 22, 2013

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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