Do you want to boost your 3D animation skills?

3D Character Animation

Professional Training course

Are you an animator, animation director, CG artist or maybe an illustrator, designer, storyboard artist or an architect who would love to learn 3D character animation? Then join the 3D Character Animation course! 

About 3D Character Animation 

  • Facts

    Title: 3D Character Animation

    Language: English

    Duration of the course: 17 weeks, full-time training (including 1 week Easter holiday)

    Course dates: Next program: 3DCA 2021: February 15 – June 11, 2021

    Seats are still available for the 3DCA 2021 online edition. Please get in touch with us if you are interested.

    Please note that the course includes student accreditation to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France right after the course.

    Application deadline (Extended): Next application deadline is December 13, 2020, for the 3DCA 2021 course. Please note that the application deadline for the course and for scholarships is the same.
    Fee: 3.500 EUR (26.065 DKK)

    Due to COVID-19, the 3DCA 2021 course will be online. TAW offers an online solution in which we provide the software and infrastructure.

    More information:

    ”From the organisation, all the way through the professors, classes, facilities and classmates this has been an excellent experience. The course offers the possibility of learning 3D Animation from scratch and creates the perfect environment for the students to develop.”
    Alanis Este, 3D Character Animation 2019

    “The course goes over all my expectations. The school is an amazing place for learning animation, meet people and animation professionals. The environment in class and in the school couldn´t be better.”
    Julia Gomez, 3D Character Animation 2019

  • Structure and content

    The 17-week Professional Training course takes you through a series of lectures, assignments and mini productions, increasing in complexity, in the field of 3D character animation - from concept to polish. 

    The 3D Character Animation course is right for you if you want to learn from the best in an incredibly creative environment and develop both technical and artistic 3D skills.

    Under the supervision of animation professionals, you are introduced to the modeling and animation software Maya and to 3D character animation. You will be guided through a series of exercises designed to transfer the classical 2D animation principles onto the computer and a 3D platform. Focus will be on body mechanics and physical action during the basic training, followed by the advanced concepts of pantomime acting and lip sync - both introduced in 2-week mini productions. The course will culminate in a final project, lasting 4,5 weeks, which will be your showreel masterpiece: a 20-30 seconds animated short film.

    What you get:

    • An intensive course developed with the help of industry professionals
    • Instructors from the industry who have up-to-date and production-tested knowledge
    • Hands-on teaching and practice every day from morning to afternoon
    • 24-7 access to your own personal workstation with industry-standard software
    • Art and didactic materials
    • Access to camera equipment
    • Assistance with housing and travel advice
    • A professional network
    • OPTIONAL: Paid bus trip (Viborg - Annecy - Viborg) and student accreditation to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France right after the course

    Download 3DCA 2021 course program (PDF)


    Final Project animations

    The final projects are made in just the last 4 weeks of the course, with preparations in the week before. You can watch the course showreel and final projects from some of the previous years below

    3DCA 2020

    3DCA showreel 2019

    3DCA 2019

    3DCA 2018

    3DCA 2017

  • How to apply

    We rate animation experience highly when evaluating applications but applicants with high technical skills in 3D software are also eligible.

    The application deadline for the 2021 course has been extended to December 13, 2020.

    To apply for the 3D Character Animation Spring 2020 course, please use the online application form at the bottom of this page.

    You are asked to provide a CV, motivational letter, and a showreel/portfolio. This can be simple exercises in a variety of formats (2D, 3D, stop-motion, cutout etc.).

    In the event of a successful application to the course, you will receive a signed acceptance letter within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. In connection to this, we ask you to confirm your seat as soon as possible afterward.

    Application link at the bottom of this page.

  • Information for non-EU applicants

    The 3D Character Animation course is supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA program of the EU. We can accept up to 20% participants from non-EU countries.
    Please be aware that there is a discrepancy between the 17-week course (119 days) and the normal 90-day tourist visa to Denmark that applicants would normally be able to get without difficulties.

    The 3DCA course is currently offered as a single-subject course, which under the current Danish immigration laws does not warrant a residence permit under “higher educational programs” for course participants.

    You can find further information about visas and residence permits on the official portal for foreigners.
  • Instructors

    Fredrick Fassé

    Lead Animation Supervisor at Atomic Cartoons Inc

    LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit (2018) Beat Bugs (TV Series, 2016), Ratchet & Clank (2016), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Dead Rising 2 (video game, 2010)

    Henrik Malmgren

    Henrik Malmgren

    AV Generalist, CEO and founder of Good Joob Studios

    Robert Bennett

    Robert Bennett

    Acting teacher and director

    Director of animated films from Les Gobelins, EMCA etc.

    Eric Schmidt

    Erik Schmidt

    DK. Animation Supervisor at Sun Creature

    Credits include Black Panther (2018), Legends of Chima (TV series, 2014), Otto the Rhino (2013), Bolt (2008), Shark Tale (2004), The Road to Eldorado (2000).

    Kasper Larsson

    Kasper Larsson

    Head of Studio, Senior Technical & Generalist Artist at Mrs Wordsmith.

    Men in Black: International (2019), Aladdin (2019), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

    Anders Brogaard

    Anders Brogaard

    Animator at DNEG, London. Anders has worked for companies such as DNEG, A-Film, Bacon, Unity Technologies, and Illumination Mac Guff.

    Ainbo (2021) Checkered Ninja 2 (2021), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Ronald the Barbarian (2011).

  • Fees and finances

    The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW) offers three types of scholarships to help fund your course.

    The course fee is 3.500 EUR (26.065 DKK).

    The fee is the same for all participants regardless of nationality unless awarded a scholarship. As per the rules of our co-funder Creative Europe MEDIA, TAW can offer scholarships to course participants from so-called low production capacity countries, but in special cases, course participants from other EU countries, as well as non-EU countries, will be taken into consideration as well. TAW cannot grant a scholarship to every applicant but we try our best to help as much as possible.

    You can apply for three types of scholarships:

    • Travel to and from Viborg at the beginning and end of the course
    • Housing (rent and utilities)     
    • Course fee (partly or fully coverage)      

    Please note, you must submit a course application form before you can apply for a scholarship. The application deadline for the course and for scholarships is the same, so please make sure you submit both forms before the deadline.

    You can apply for multiple categories but please be realistic about what you need. Some applicants rely completely on a scholarship to be able to attend the course. You will receive an invoice for the entire course fee shortly before the start of the course. This will be sent as a PDF attachment to your e-mail.

  • Housing

    We offer to help you find accommodation during your stay. 

    We aim to locate housing options that are furnished and located close to the school and which provide you with the opportunity to live with other adult course participants from the same course program.

    The prices range between 300-400 EUR (2200-3000 DKK) per month.

    You will be offered a specific accommodation by the housing organizer shortly after you have been accepted into the course. Rooms offered are typically located in the dormitory Camp Logos, which is located right next to TAW. Please note that TAW cannot guarantee that you get the specific room type you have requested. In some cases, we have to accept what is currently available from the housing organizer.

    Practical information
    All rooms in Camp Logos are furnished with a bed, bedside table, bedside lamp, room divider, desk, chair, and kitchenette. Please note that there are no kitchen utensils for the kitchenette in the room but you can buy utensils at second-hand shops in Viborg. The school will provide a duvet and pillow, so you will only need to bring bed sheets and towels. There is also a shared kitchen and common area at your disposal.  

    As a PRO course participant, you only have to pay a reduced deposit of 2500 DKK (instead of 10.000 DKK).

    If you have any questions in relation to housing during your course, please contact

  • Contact

    Per Kristensen is Project Manager at The Professional Training Department

    Per Kristensen

    Project Manager, Professional Training

    T: +45 87 55 49 55