Admissions for Bachelor in Animation 2020 opens on February 1st and closes on March 15 2020, 11:59 am


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. You can find more information about the entry requirements further down this page

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 6, 2020
  • BA in Animation (CA & CGA)
    - Application deadline: March 15, 2020 11:59 am (CET - midday)
    - Program start: August, 2020
  • BA in Graphic Storytelling:
    - Application deadline: March 15, 2021, at 11:59 am (CET - midday)
    - Program start: August, 2021


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, 2020, 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 (maximum size: 100 MB).
  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:
    - Bachelor in Animation (CA & CGA)
    - Test days: 18 - 19 May
    - Interview days: 18 - 22 May
  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

NB: We reserve the right not to create classes in the event of too few applicants.

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

    Bachelor in Animation:
    1) Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate for one of the following educations:
    - STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX or IB Diploma
    - HF
    - EUD in Digital Media or EUD Mediegrafiker


    2) Danish applicants must document English skills corresponding to B-level (B-niveau) or higher in the Danish framework.
    - Applicants with English B-level (Danish Framework) must have an average grade on 3,0 or higher.
    - Applicants with English A-level (Danish Framework) must have an average grade on 2,0 or higher.

    Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling)
    1) Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate for one of the following educations:
    - STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX or IB Diploma
    - HF
    - EUD Grafisk tekniker or EUD Mediegrafiker


    2) Danish applicants must document English skills corresponding to B-level (B-niveau) or higher in the Danish framework.
    - Applicants with English B-level (Danish Framework) must have an average grade on 3,0 or higher.
    - Applicants with English A-level (Danish Framework) must have an average grade on 2,0 or higher.


    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. The assessment of individual competences is an opportunity for applicants who took a different path than upper secondary school to apply for admission based on skills achieved through other means than education (for instance, work, travels, other courses). 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 or Master’s degree

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

    Please note: On 3 December 2019, the Danish government announced that the double degree rule is cancelled as of July 1st 2020. We do not yet know exactly how the change will affect the admissions for 2020, but we will update the information on this page as soon as new guidelines are issued.

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

    Read more about the current 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! 

    • Danish applicants must document their English exam at B-level (B-niveau) or higher.
    • Applicants with a high school exam from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, must document their English level as listed here.
    • All other applicants must document their English level through a proficiency test. You can find a list of the acknowledged tests and the required test scores here. Please be aware that VIA only acknowledges test scores for 2 years after the test date.

    If you do not have a valid English exam or test, 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 programs at VIA University College. 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, and only for programs offered by VIA.

    You can read more about the test here.


    Exceptions to the rule

    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


    Your portfolio must be handed in using the template (see below), and must contain:

    • a filled out and signed cover letter;
    • a letter of intention;
    • examples of your work as listed and fulfilling the requirements:
      - Character Animation 
      - Computer Graphic Artist
      - Graphic Storytelling
        Below, you can see the requirements for the 2019 admissions. The portfolio requirements will be updated for the 2021 admissions round. The requirements for 2020 will be announced in October 2020 at the latest.


    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 (2019 - changes may apply for 2021) (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.

    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 2020, the admissions test and interview take place on the following dates:
    • Workshop: May 18-19 and interviews May 18-22, 2020.
      Option for English proficiency test for applicants: Tuesday May 19, 2020 (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. 


  • Exchange students

    At The Animation Workshop, we are happy to welcome exchange students to our Bachelor programs. Please note, however, that we have a limited capacity for taking in exchange students. This means that we do not always have available seats, and we are only able to confirm a place after the completed application procedure (see below).

    How to apply for an exchange stay?
    In order to apply for an exchange to the Bachelor programs, you must send the following documents to our study administration (

    The deadline for exchange applications for the fall term is March 15th.
    The deadline for exchange applications for the spring term is November 1st. 

    Requirements for an exchange to BA in Animation (Character Animation or CG Arts)
    In order to apply for an exchange semester in the Animation program, you must hand in a PDF portfolio, which shows a representation of the key subjects in the portfolio requirements for the program you apply to:

    In addition to the portfolio, exchange applicants to the Animation program should include animation or computer graphics work, depending on which program they wish to join, showing a skill set, which is comparable to a first year reel for application to the second year, and a second year reel for application to the third year. You can find an overview over the content of the available exchange semesters here.

    After the application deadline, we will review the applications, and invite the qualified applicants to participate in Skype interview, in order to clarify expectations and determine whether the course you applied to is a good match for you. 

    You will be notified of our decision before December 1st for the spring term, and before June 1st for the fall term.

    Requirements for an exchange to BA in Graphic Storytelling
    In order to apply for an exchange semester in the Graphic Storytelling program, you must hand in a PDF portfolio of work you have done that is relevant to Graphic Storytelling. Please include:

    • Minimum 5 pages of comics
    • Minimum 5 life drawings – sketches as well as long studies
    • A one page prose story based on a childhood memory

    After the application deadline we will review the applications, and invite the qualified applicants to participate in a 4 hour cartooning test followed by a Skype interview. The test and interview are meant to clarify expectations, and determine whether the course you applied to is a good match for you. 

    You will be notified of our decision before December 1st for the spring term and before June 1st for the fall term.

    Fees and finances for exchange students 
    Exchange students are normally free of tuition fees. Please note, however, that all students, including exchange students, must pay the monthly materials fee covering materials, software, hardware, drawing equipment, prints, etc. The fee is DKK 2.300  per month for Animation students matriculating in 2018 or later, and DKK 2,200 per months for GS students. 

  • Application fee 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€ application fee. Please note that we will not process your application and assess your portfolio until the fee has been paid.

    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 fee for the first semester 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. As of February 1st, the fees are:

    Bachelor in Animation

    • For students matriculating in 2018 and later: DKK 2300 (308 EUR) per month, except for the internship semester.
    • For students matriculating before 2018: DKK 2200 (300 EUR) per month, except for the internship semester

    Total fee for Bachelor in Animation for a student matriculating in 2019: 36 months x DKK 2300 = DKK 82,800.

    Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling

    • DKK 2200 (300 EUR) per month, except for the internship semester.

    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
    • Scholarships for highly qualified students from outside the EU and the EEA

    Each year, VIA awards a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified students from countries outside the EU and the EEA. The scholarship can be applied for by all current, international and tuition-fee paying students who have completed the first year of studies at VIA (2 semesters). A maximum of two full semesters can be awarded during studies at VIA.

    You can read more about the scholarship (selection criteria and application dates) 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