Next application deadline is March 15, 2019!


How to apply

Admission to The Animation Workshop’s bachelor programs is talent based. We are looking for students with excellent drawing and storytelling skills. Therefore, all applicants must participate in an entrance test to show whether they qualify for admission.

The entrance test consists of a portfolio displaying a number of defined categories. The portfolio must be handed in as one single PDF-file along with the application. You can find the required format and read more about the different categories further down the page.

In addition to the entrance test, you are required to have an upper secondary diploma as well as documented English skills corresponding to Danish B-level.

Applicants who meet these criteria and who pass the portfolio entrance test, are invited to an admissions test.

Important dates

  • Next Open House with review sessions: February 7, 2019
  • BA in Animation (CA & CGA)
    - Application deadline: March 15, 2019 11:59 am (CET - midday)
    - Program start: August 22, 2019 
  • BA in Graphic Storytelling:
    - Application deadline: March 15, 2019, at 11:59 am (CET - midday)
    - Program start: August 22, 2019


Quick overview of the application procedure

  1. You apply through the page (comprehensive step by step-guides are available in Danish and English from the page). The page opens on February 1st and closes on March 15, 2019, at 11:59 am (CET - midday). Latecomers are not accepted!
  2. With the application, you submit your entrance test portfolio. The required hand-in format is a single PDF-file
  3. You receive a receipt for your application and are invited to log on to VIA’s admissions portal, where you can keep track of your application
  4. After the deadline, we evaluate the tests. Applicants who passes the first entrance test are invited to an admissions test and interview in Viborg on the following dates:
    - Graphic Storytelling: Week 20, 2019 (May 13 - 16, 2019)
    - Bachelor in Animation (CA & CGA): Week 21, 2019 (May 20 - 24, 2019)
  5. The results of the admissions test are announced in June
  6. The final enrollment is completed on the last workday of July

More information

How to apply

  • Entry requirements

    All applicants must meet the formal requirements.

    In addition to the entrance test, the programs have the following entry requirements for all applicants: Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate AND English proficiency.


    Proof of entry requirements for Danish applicants

    • Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX, IB Diploma)
    • EUD - Digital Media (applicants for Character Animation and Computer Graphic Arts) / EUD - Grafisk tekniker or Mediegrafiker (applicants for Graphic Storytelling)
    • English B-level


    Proof of entry requirements for non-Danish applicants

    • Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate
      You must send proof of your upper secondary exam (high school, baccalaureate, IB or similar). The diploma must not be translated from the original language.
    • Proof of other education and courses.
    • Documentation of your current English proficiency.


    If you do not meet the formal requirements

    If you do not meet the specified admissions requirements, you can request an individual competence evaluation. In an individual competence evaluation, we assess whether you have competences comparable to the admission criteria for the program. Together with the application for a competency evaluation, you must send a CV along with proof of the activities (courses, jobs, travels etc.) which have given you the relevant competencies. 

    Read more about the application procedure and how to apply for an individual assessment of your competences.


    If you already have a Danish Bachelor degree

    According to Danish law, it is not possible to take a second degree at the same or lower level (for instance, two bachelor educations or a master degree, followed by a bachelor education). The rule only applies to applicants who took the first degree in Denmark.

    If you have already completed a Danish Bachelor degree, we suggest you contact us before applying to our programs.

    Read more about the double degree rule (in Danish).


    Previously earned credits within Animation or Graphic Storytelling:

    When you apply for admission, you are obliged to inform us whether you have completed Danish or international programs on a similar level. You are also required to tell us if you have been employed in the field. If one or more of the educational elements you have completed as part of a higher education corresponds to one or more parts of the program you have been admitted to, the credits will be transferred.

    You cannot participate in lectures or take exams in the educational parts of the program which you received credit transfer for. 
    This also means that if you already have a full BA or higher degree within the subject field that you apply to, we cannot accept your application.
    It is not up to you as an applicant to decide whether or not you apply for credit transfer. 

    You can read more about the credit transfer rules and procedures here


    English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must document your English language level. This is unconditional!
    Only the following exams and tests are acknowledged:

    IELTS An average band score of 6.5 
    TOEFL Internet-based 83 
    TOEFL Paper-based (valid until June 2019) 585 
    TOEFL Paper-delivered

    Reading - High (22-30)
    Listening - High (22-30)
    Writing - Good (24-30)

     Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, 176 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    FCE, 180 overall on the Cambridge English scale 
     IB (International Baccalaureate)

    Group 1: All grades
    Group 2: English B HL, all grades

    Please be aware that your test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

    Alternatively, you may choose to sit for the VIA English Language Assessment Test – the VIAT/e. The test will be offered in connection to the admissions test taking place in Viborg in May (it is not available as an online/long distance option). The VIAT/e will take approximately 100 minutes and is only valid for admission into study programmes at VIA University College - School of Business, Technology and Creative Industries. The test will be conducted by a qualified VIALAC representative.

    Please be aware that your VIAT/e test scores are only valid for 1 year after the test date.

    You can read more about the test here.


    Exceptions to the rule

    Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland do not need to be tested in English if the English level of their high school diploma corresponds to the Danish B-level. You can find the correspondent levels here (PDF)

    Applicants who are English native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada, and New Zealand are exempt from the English language admission requirements.

  • Portfolio requirements

    We require you to upload your portfolio in one single PDF file, max 100 MB, together with the application on


    All portfolios must contain

    • a filled-out and signed version of the Coverletter
    • your letter of intention
    • Examples of your work, arranged as listed and fulfilling the requirements:
      - Character Animation
      - Computer Graphic Arts
      - Graphic Storytelling 
    • Your final file should be named: Firstname_Lastname_Portfolio_LineOfStudy*_2019.pdf
      *In LineOfStudy, Please write either CA, CGA, or GS.


    Download portfolio template

    To make it as easy as possible, we have made a template for Photoshop, InDesign, and OpenOffice as well as a How-to-guide for saving your portfolio as a single PDF-file. In the template, you will find the necessary information about requirements for the portfolio, the coverletter form and the letter of intent. 

    Character Animation - portfolio template (zip-folder)

    Computer Graphic Arts - portfolio template (zip-folder)

    Graphic Storytelling - portfolio template (zip-folder)

    Tip! You don't have to squeeze all of your 10 croquis drawings into one page - use as many pages per category as you feel is necessary to show off your work.


    If you decide not to use the above templates

    Then you can find the guidelines on how to make your own portfolio from scratch here:

    • Download the DIY portfolio (zip-folder)
    • Read and follow the guidelines found in tipsforPDF
    • Include a header on each page stating
      - your name
      - the line you are applying for
      - which category the image(s) represent in the portfolio
    • Sequence your images as in the requirements
      - Character Animation
      - Computer Graphic Arts
      - Graphic Storytelling
    • Don't use Microsoft Word as the software supporting your template! Word is not good at compressing images, and you will lose a lot of quality in your images.


    What are we looking for in your portfolio?

    Drawing and storytelling skills, as well as the overall potential demonstrated in the portfolios, are decisive for our selection of applicants for the test and interview.

    For Character Animation and Computer Graphic Arts, we first and foremost look for solid drawing skills. Excellent life drawing and perspective drawing are a crucial foundation. Furthermore, we are interested in seeing originality and a broad range of personal drawing styles in your portfolio.

    For Graphic Storytelling, we look for compelling visuals – ideally a combination of strong life drawing and perspective fundamentals and distinctive visual stylization – and compellingly plotted and written narratives. Both versatility and originality are a plus.

  • Letter of intention

    Your letter of intention is our chance to get to know you and your reasons for applying.

    The letter of intent is meant to allow us to get to know the applicants: Their background, interests, and motivations for applying. It is as vital a part of your application as the portfolio; we encourage you to use it to stand out among the other applicants. The letter of intent has to be written in English (in a letter format, not bullet points or answers to the questions).

    Please use the questions below as a point of departure for your letter. You do not have to cover all the topics and if you have some other topic you prefer to include please do so. We would like to read what is most interesting for you to write about.

    • Why are you applying and why did you choose the specific program? Your ambitions for future work?
    • How do you see the industry developing in the future? Your professional influences and inspirations and why?
    • Your favorite works (films, games and/or comics) and why? Your least favorite works (films, games and/or comics) and why?
    • Do you have any related work experience, course or other activities?
    • CA and CGA applicants: Do you have any leadership experience?
    • A list of your software knowledge and user level
    • Tell us about any travel or experience abroad, and how it affected you
    • How do you plan to finance the education?

    Word count max. 2000

  • Admissions test and interview

    Applicants who pass the portfolio entrance test are invited to the admissions test and interview.

    The test and interview take place at The Animation Workshop in Viborg. For applicants who are unable to come here, it can be done in a long distance version as well (see further down the page). Dates are the same for both versions.

    • In 2019, the admissions test and interview take place on the following dates:
      Graphic Storytelling: Week 20 (May 13 - 16, 2019). 
      Option for English proficiency test for applicants: Tuesday, May 14 (ONLY in person, no online option).
    • Animation (Character Animation and CG Arts): Week 21 (workshop May 20 - 21, interviews May 20 - 24, 2019). 
      Option for English proficiency test for applicants: Tuesday, May 21 (ONLY in person, no online option).

    If you are selected for the test and interview, you will be invited to book your appointment through our online booking platform. You do not need to bring anything for the test; all materials will be provided.
    The admissions test takes three hours and the interview lasts approximately 30 minutes. You can book your interview either the same day or the day after the test.
    If you would like to take advantage of the English test option in Viborg, while at the test, you will be able to book an appointment for that while booking the other appointments. You can read more about the English test here


    Admissions test

    The admissions test for Bachelor in Animation (Character Animation and CG Arts) consists of a short individual drawing test, followed by a two-hour workshop. The workshop focuses on your collaboration and communication skills.

    For Graphic Storytelling applicants, the test consists of a three-hour individual drawing and storytelling test.


    Admissions interview

    Our purpose with the interview is to get to know our applicants. We are especially interested in your motivations and goals, where you think your strengths lie and what you could bring to the class.


    What are we looking for at the test and interview?

    In addition to a strong portfolio, we are looking for self-reflected, diligent and curious students who are eager to learn and open to collaborating in a shared responsibility environment. You must demonstrate an open attitude to taking critique and to trying new work methods. The program is demanding, and you must be ready to be a part of an intensive learning environment.


    Test and interview for applicants living outside of Denmark

    Normally, our current students offer to accommodate our applicants for one or two nights; this will reduce your travel costs significantly.

    If it is not possible for you to come to Viborg for the test, you will have the option of taking the test via email and the interview via Skype. In this case, we will email the test to you, and you will have three hours to complete the test, scan it and email it back.


    Drawing test long distance

    The Character Animation and Computer Graphic Arts tests focus on drawing skills, knowledge, and use of character posing and gestures, composition, and design theory to support a chosen genre and tone.

    The Graphic Storytelling test focuses on drawing skills, idea creation, and visual storytelling.


    Interview long distance

    The interview will take place within the same week, following the test. You must have a reliable internet connection and camera for the interview. 

  • Result and feedback

    We inform you about the result of the admissions test in June.

    We will inform you about the results of the admissions test in June. If you passed the test, you will receive a preliminary acceptance letter. The official enrollment into the program is completed at the end of July.


    Feedback for rejected applicants 

    If you are not selected for the admission test, you will be invited to a portfolio workshop.  

    Dates will be announced together with the results of the entrance test. Registration is required – each applicant will be invited to one session only. You will be invited to the one most relevant for you, based on the recommendation of the admission committee. More information about the workshops will be provided in the invitation letter.

    Due to the volume of the applicants, this is the only way to receive feedback. 


  • Application and enrollment flow for non-EU students

    We have a special enrollment flow for non-EU students.

    Application fee for non-EU students

    If you are a citizen from outside the EU/EAA and do not hold a valid Danish residence permit, you are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before your application can be processed.

    Read more about the application fee
    You can pay for the application fee here


    Enrollment flow

    In order to have time enough to settle matters regarding visa/residence permits, there is a special (early) enrollment flow for non-EU/non-EEA citizens who pass the admissions test and are offered a place in one of the Bachelor programs.
    Immediately after receiving a positive answer from the admissions committee, you will be asked to sign a contract for the education and to pay the tuition fee for the first semester.
    After signing the contract and paying the tuition fee, you receive a letter confirming your payment and your unconditional enrollment to the program. The receipt for the tuition fee and the enrollment letter are preconditions for being granted a residence permit.
    The application for a residence permit is made online and is initiated by VIA, after your payment has been registered

    Download payment schedules



  • Fees and finances

    Get an overview of your finances during your studies at TAW.


    There are no tuition fees for students coming from Denmark, the Nordic countries, EU/EEA countries, and Switzerland.
    Students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA must pay tuition fees unless they hold a permanent Danish residence permit. Paying the first year’s fee is a precondition for obtaining a student’s residence permit.

    Payment schedule for Graphic Storytelling (PDF)
    Payment schedule for Computer Graphic Arts (PDF)
    Payment schedule for Character Animation (PDF)

    Materials fee

    All students must pay a materials fee of DKK 2200 (300 EUR) per month, except for the internship semester. (The current fee is valid for 2018 and is subject to change in 2019).

    • Total fee for Bachelor in Animation
      - 36 months x DKK 2200 = DKK 79,200 
    • Total fee for Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling:
      - 42 months x DKK 2200 = DKK 92,400 

    The fee covers costs and services which students at other institutions are expected to pay for themselves and include:

    • Individual workstations including an industry standard computer and Wacom board
    • Animation drawing table
    • Various animation supplies: specialty pencils, paper, books and readers, and sketchbooks
    • Study trips to animation film festivals
    • Software and materials related to creating the productions
      and much more

    Material List CA & CGA (PDF)
    Material List GS (PDF)


    Living Costs

    You should expect average monthly living costs between 5000 and 7000 DKK (roughly 650 - 900 EUR), including accommodation.


    Financial support

    • Danish students can apply for SU
      - The bachelor programs are approved for SU for the official duration: 
         - Bachelor in Animation: 3½ years or 41 months
         - Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling: 4 years or 46 months
    • Tuition-paying students from countries outside the EU/EEA
      - VIA offers a limited number of scholarships to cover the tuition fees for a shorter or longer period of your education. The scholarship is normally granted for one semester or for a full academic year at the time. You can apply for a scholarship during the application process. The application deadline follows the admissions deadlines. Please note that you will not receive a scholarship unless you are admitted to the education. If you were enrolled and were not awarded a scholarship, you can still reapply every semester. You can read more about the scholarship and find the application form here
  • Visa and residency

    All international students must register in Denmark for stays that last more than three months.

    Coming to Denmark from a Nordic or EU/EEA country, including Switzerland, you are free to live, study and work in Denmark. However, you must register, if you intend to stay more than three months.

    If you are coming to Denmark from outside the EU, you need a tourist visa (valid up to three months) or a residence permit (for stays exceeding 89 days). Normally, you must apply for visa or residence permit prior to your arrival in Denmark. Applying for a visa is a part of the enrollment process for the bachelor educations and is initiated by the school after you have been admitted to the program.

    For detailed information about the application process and requirements, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration service


    Registering for Danish Social Security number (CPR) and Danish Health Insurance scheme 

    You must register in order to receive a Danish CPR-number. It is a social identity code which is key to all public registration and services, including tax, opening a bank-account etc. Furthermore, the CPR-number will guarantee free public health insurance for the entirety of your stay (after a quarantine for the first six weeks for non-EU citizens).


    More information

    You can find more general information about coming to Denmark as a student here


  • Contact

    If you didn't find the answer to your questions, please contact us.
    Katrine Frausig is Administrator at The Animation Workshop

    Katrine Frausig