Become part of an international, creative and open community

Programs and courses

Student Life at The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW)

We are proud of being a professional, international, creative and open community.

Your professional career starts the day you start your education with us as you are taught by industry professionals and study with your future colleagues.

As a student with us you should be prepared for an exciting and intensive study program in an international and creative community. All programs are full-time, which means that you have 30 teaching hours a week. You should expect to have at least six hours of homework per week.

School hours

Mondays: 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Tuesdays - Fridays: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Normally the school day is structured with lectures in the morning and individual work on assignments/projects with teacher’s feedback and guidance in the afternoons. All teaching and most of the extracurricular activities are held in English.

Our students are from all over the world and the majority are in their early 20s, but the age range among students can vary between 18-30 years old.

Student Life

  • Environment and facilities

    The school has great facilities, which are open and free to use for our students.

    You will get your own workspace outfitted with all the necessary equipment to complete any assignment. You have access to the school at any time to continue your work.

    Production equipment

    TAW provides production equipment (both soft- and hardware) of the highest quality for different types of productions (2D, 3D and stop motion) within pre-production, production and post-production.

    Sound Studio

    You will find a fully equipped sound studio for the recording of voice acting, sound and music related to the in-house productions. In connection with the sound studio, there is a rehearsal room, which provides the perfect setting for a creative environment for students, employees and other working musicians connected to the school.

    Library

    Our small library is open to all students and staff at TAW. Here, you will find a wide selection of animated and live-action shorts and features. The DVD library contains around 600 DVDs, with more than 2000 titles. There is also a book section, with books on filmmaking, animation theory and practice, art and design, as well as instruction books on essential software, and comics. The library is located on the 1st floor in building 105.

    Høgni

    Høgni is your lounge and livingroom away from home. Here students from across the programs and courses meet up, hang out and party.

     

  • Extracurricular activities

    We encourage a social community and support a number of extracurricular activities.

    Our philosophy is that it is necessary to take a break sometimes when you work hard. We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, and we also have a yoga/relaxing room and a student lounge available for class dinners or Friday bars, parties and other activities.

    The activities vary from semester to semester, but may include:

    • Morning dance
    • Life drawing
    • Parties
    • Film Screenings
    • Yoga
    • Film nights
    • Swimming
    • Improv nights

    Buddy Program

    All international students are paired up with a current student, who will contact them over the summer and help with practical questions regarding transportation, studying at TAW, living in Denmark, or anything else that may come up during the big move to Viborg. In the first weekend following orientation the school organize a social event with the buddies and other first year students. This is a great way to begin creating a community feeling with your new classmates and get to know the city a bit before school starts.

  • Teaching methods

    We look at each of our students as individuals, and meet you where you are currently in your professional development.

    We assess your current skill level, unique talents, ambitions and personal goals, and based on this we guide you through the proceeding steps on your path with clear constructive feedback.

    Educational philosophy

    It is our position that it takes a well-rounded individual to be ready to meet the ever changing evolution of this profession and the world. Therefore we strive not only to enable you to cultivate the technical and artistic skills you need, but also to know your values and how to live with integrity to cultivate the professional life you desire.

    Developing strong communication, presentation and interpersonal collaboration skills are keys to success we hope to install in you throughout your time at the school.

    We expect you to take responsibility for your education and engage your own potential. The program underlines the importance of professionalism and constructive critique in the educational setting. These skills are particularly essential for the team environment that characterizes most productions in the industry.

    Furthermore, it is a basic foundation of our philosophy that the school is built upon the experiences and initiatives of every member. Using the methods of deep democracy, it is our goal to forge a dynamic environment. Staff, teachers and students come together on an equal page to cultivate the curriculum, as well as the social and physical environment. This gives each individual the opportunity to contribute and engage not only as a user, but also as an active member of the community.

  • TAW Talks

    Knowledge sharing and discussion come to life in TAW Talk - a forum where students come together to share their passion for animation and other inspirational topics.

    TAW Talks are organized by students and makes use of the many creative minds at the school to share their knowledge in a relaxed and conversational manner.

    Examples of past events:

    • John Nevarez – “How I draw”
    • Tod Polson – “Art directing and production design for animated films”
    • “How to be a moneymaking art student”
    • Victor Perez – Screening of ECHO and Q&A
    • Sarah Airriess – “How to draw on model”

    TAW Talk provides a venue to connect you with other students in a cozy setting to share your opinions, ideas, and experiences. It is also a great way to get insights from students and guest teachers in other programs. Everyone at TAW can come with suggestions to people to invite to do a TAW talk. In order to get the news and get in contact with the TAW Talk team join TAW Talk on Facebook.

  • Student House 111

    Student House 111 is a great place to meet up with students from across educations in Viborg.

    Student House 111 is a meeting place for all students enrolled in higher education in Viborg. It is a great place to meet new people and relax, play music, be creative and party.

    The house includes a common area with a bar, stage, pool table, football table and cozy places to study, read and relax. There are also fully equipped music studios to practice alone or with your band.

    The Student House organizes a Friday bar once a month as well as other social and cultural events throughout the year. The Student House 111 is a STUDENT’S house, a social mecca and your living room away from home. It is run for and by students, so you are welcome to get involved!

    Like Student House 111 on Facebook to get information on events and activities.

Meet our students

Meet Maria Catarina Azevedo: 1st year Graphic Storyteller

Meet a Graphic Storyteller

Maria Catarina Azevedo, 1st year

Meet Noa Juel Johansen: 3rd year Character Animator

Meet a Character Animator

Noa Juel Johansen, 3rd year

Meet Tristan Gallagher: 2nd year CG Arts

Meet a Computer Graphic Artist

Tristan Gallagher, 2nd year

Student life on Instagram

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