What is the American Animation Institute?

The American Animation Institute was founded in 1980 by The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE, to further the art of the animated cartoon in the United States through educational and other activities. Cartoon animation in the United States is at a crisis point. The classic animators of the “golden age of animation” have almost all retired, and too many of the greats have passed away. Few attempts have been made to pass the wealth of these artists’ knowledge to a new generation.

Latest Catalogs


Spring 2020 (February 18 – May 16, 2020)

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Winter 2020 (January 6 – February 25, 2020)

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You can request an AAI catalog by mail by calling (818) 845-7000, Mondays-Fridays 8:30 am-5 pm Pacific time.  You can also send an email, or a fax to (818) 843-0300, to request that a catalog be sent by mail.  Due to its size, we cannot fax the catalog.


To register for AAI classes, review the latest catalog for the next AAI semester list of classes and the dates and times for online registration.

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We will refund payments for twelve-week classes if the request is received before the day of the second class session. For classes of less than twelve weeks, refund requests must be received before the first class session.

Contact & Hours


1105 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505-2523
(818) 845-7000

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm PST