Character Animation

Learn how to make the audience believe that the character is alive with feelings and personality. As an animator, you create the magic of the character and invoke the empathy of the audience.

Type and duration

Bachelor (3,5 years)

Study start and city

August, Viborg

Application deadline

March 15, 12 noon

Admissions frequency

Once every year


Portfolio Requirements have been updated (November 2023) and the Portfolio Template has been updated (December 2023). These will influence your application for the March 15 deadline coming up in 2024.

What you will learn

Laugh Fuel

1. year

2D animation

You will explore the basics of hand-drawn animation before progressing to physics-based animation assignments and eventually acting scenes.

Further on, you will be introduced to digital 2D animation and you will participate in film-making-related courses like film history and culture, storyboarding, layout, and character design.

Throughout the year, you will work on your projects but will also grow your collaborative, communication and problem-solving skills on a 2D group project with the Computer Graphic Arts students.


2. year

3D animation and group project

You will bring your animation skills into the 3D workflow, using relevant software, and animate characters made by CGA students from your year.

You will collaborate with the CGA students on a 3D group project, where you will learn how to work with clients and/or outside partners and target a specific audience, simulating industry scenarios.

During your electives, you will have a chance to dive deeper into a specific area or explore uncharted land to specialise your skills within the areas of your interest.


3. year

Final production and portfolio

You will compile your portfolio and showreel to highlight your skills as you apply for internships and prepare to target the jobs of your choice.

You will also form production teams with other students from your year to create your final production.

Final semester


You will do a 14-week internship with a production studio. Former students have been interning at Cartoon Saloon, Nørlum, Aardmann, Sun Creature, and Illumination, among others.
Read more about the internship


Uri Kranot is a teacher at the Animation Workshop
  • Uri Kranot

  • Artist and independent filmmaker
    • Hollow Land (shortlisted for an Oscar Academy Award in 2014)
    • Nothing Happens
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Jericca Cleland
  • Jericca Cleland-Hura

  • Director, writer and cinematographer
    • Co-owner of award-winning production company Nørlum
    • Toy Story 2
    • Finding Nemo
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Tod Polson
  • Tod Polson

  • Director, designer and art director
    • Walt Disney
    • Warner Bros
    • Nickelodeon
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Erik Schmidt
  • Erik Schmidt

  • 2D/3D animator
    • Erik has been working in the animation industry over 30 years spanning over 13 prestigious feature film productions, including The Prince of Egypt, Sharktale and Bolt.
Magnus Møller
  • Magnus Møller

  • Art Director
    • Founder of award-winning production company, Tumblehead Animation Studios
    • Clients such as Google, LEGO and Telltale Games.


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Sarah Airriess
  • Sarah Airriess

  • Animator and character designer
    • Disney
    • Princess and the Frog (2009)
    • Winnie the Pooh (2011)
    • Ethel and Ernest (2016)
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John Nevarez
  • John Nevarez

  • Film and Storyboard Artist
    • Has been an artist within the animation industry for more than 18 years.
    • Has worked for Disney, Pixar Animation Studios & Warner Bros
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Luis Cook
  • Luis Cook

  • Director and lecturer
    • Has worked for over 20 years as a director at the BBC and Aardman Animations
    • His film and commercial work has won over 50 international awards.
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Mette Tange
  • Mette Tange

  • 2D/3D character animator
    • The co-owner of award-winning production company, Tumblehead Animation Studios
    • She has worked on Minions and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
See more from Mette

Ready to apply?

Admission to the programme is talent-based

We are looking for students with excellent drawing and storytelling skills. Therefore, all applicants must complete an admissions test to show whether they qualify for enrolment.
Read more about admissions

Not yet qualified?

We have several courses available throughout the year designed to improve and develop a wide skillset, and most of these skills we also request our applicants to demonstrate when applying to our bachelor's degree programmes.

See our foundation courses

Need more information?

  • Shortly after you have been accepted into The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, you will be contacted by the school’s Housing Coordinator with specific housing information. You can choose to:

    • apply for a dorm room
    • make arrangements with private housing providers, for example shared apartments with fellow students

    The school itself has no accommodations. Our role is to provide various housing options and help create contact between housing providers and new students and to assist with language barriers if necessary. If you have questions about housing or need language assistance, please contact

    Dorm rooms

    Dorm rooms in Viborg typically cost between 2500-3500 DKK (250-470 EUR) per month depending on size and whether you are willing to share facilities. Utility expenses, like electricity, internet and heating, are often paid separately and cost around 600 DKK (80 EUR) per month.

    The dormitory Camp Logos is located across the street from the school and houses many of our students. Rooms at Camp Logos come with furniture, a bathroom and a small kitchen. You should bring your own pillow, duvet and kitchen utensils.

    Merkur Kollegiet (The Merkur dormitory) is located in a newer residential area in Viborg's eastern district, 3.8 km from The Animation Workshop. All rooms are furnished with a bed and a desk, and all have cable TV and free internet access. Each room has a storage room.

    Shared apartments

    The cost of private rooms in shared apartments varies depending on size, location and other factors, but they are not drastically different from the cost of student accommodation.

    It is our experience that the majority of our students prefer to move into a shared apartment in the city. Join our Facebook Housing group to team up with other students looking for roommates and new tenants for the apartments, they are vacating.

    These websites may also be helpful:

    • Danhousing (many large apartments in the city – suitable for sharing)
  • Tuition fee

    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 the tuition fee, unless they hold a permanent Danish residence permit or a temporary residence permit that grants them free tuition. Visit Who is eligible for free tuition for further information. Paying the first year’s fee is a precondition for obtaining a student’s residence permit.

    The tuition fee is billed in Danish kroner.

    Deadline for paying tuition fee

    Deadline for payment of tuition fee is 1 June.

    Terms and agreements

    Terms and agreement between partners and VIA University College can be seen in the different contracts under Code of conduct (pdf)

    Living Costs

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

    Financial support

    Danish students can apply for SU. The bachelor's degree programme is approved for SU for the official duration:

    • Bachelor in Animation: 3½ years or 41 months
    • Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling: 4 years or 46 months

    Foreign students are not eligible for the Danish educational support scheme (SU). Some exceptions are made for refugees and relatives of refugees and other foreign citizens. EU citizens may be eligible for SU, if they have a contract for 10-12 work hours per week. More information about SU for foreign students


    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.

  • Students from a Nordic or EU/EEA country including Switzerland

    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 with the Danish Immigration Service as well as the local municipality, if you intend to stay more than 3 months.

    Students from outside the EU/EEA

    If you are coming to Denmark from outside the EU, you need a tourist Visa (valid for up to 3 months) or a residence permit (for stays exceeding 90 days). Check the Danish Immigrations Service’s website,, or with your local Danish embassy or consulate, whether you need a Visa.  Applying for a residence permit is a part of the enrolment process for the bachelor's degree programmes and is initiated by the Admissions Center after you have paid for the tuition fee.

    When the assessment of your application has been completed, you will receive a contract. After having read this carefully, you must return a signed copy of the contract to the Admissions Center.

    Once the Admissions center has received your signed contract and payment of tuition fee, the application for a Student Visa from SIRI (The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration) will be initiated by the Admissions Center.

    Once the application has been initiated you will receive a mail with a reference code that you need in order to fill in part 2 of the application form. This form must be filled in no later than 30 days after the initiation of the application.

    If further documentation is needed by SIRI, we advise you to send in all requested documents as soon as possible in order to speed up the process of the Student Visa application which must be ready before study start.

    You can find the fees and payment schedules in the Fees and finances section.

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

  • Students admitted to Character Animation and Computer Graphic Arts in 2023 and onwards are recommended to bring their drawing tablets.

    Workstations as well as the software we teach will be provided.

    Read the PDF below for more information on equipment recommendations.

Student statements

It seemed like a very nice school and really the only option for the type of work I would like to do in the future. So it was a no-brainer. Noa Juel Johansen


  • Sofie Krogh Appel

  • Student Counsellor, TAW Bachelor Programmes