The Drawing Academy: Classical and Visual Storytelling Foundation

This course combines classical drawing with visual storytelling workshops, training exactly the skills that you are asked to present in your portfolio, when applying for the Bachelor's degree programmes of TAW and similar study programmes.

Type and duration

Foundation course, 19 weeks

Course dates

7th of August to 15th of December

Course fee

DKK 36.000 (approx. EUR 4835)

Application deadline

1st of May

ECTS

The course is not accredited with ECTS credits

What you will learn

The course is very practical and consists of a combination of lectures, exercises and assignments with a strong emphasis on your drawing skills, meeting you at level you are at.

Classical drawing makes out a little more than half of the course time, starting with a few weeks dedicated to classical drawing to build up a good drawing foundation. The rest of the time is divided approximately 50-50 between classical drawing classes and workshops on various aspects of visual storytelling. During the workshops, you will build up a good foundation of many different aspects of visual storytelling and maybe create material for your portfolio. 

Towards the end of the course, you get the chance to talk to a mentor, who can help you understand how you can keep improving your portfolio after the course and direct it towards the study programme of your choice.

Classical drawing lessons

Classical drawing is a great foundation for further visual studies because practicing will make you much faster and more precise. You also develop a valuable understanding of the basic visual principles that all other kinds of drawing build on top of.

You will practice through drawing exercises such as long and short live model studies, as well as studies of plaster heads, human anatomy, objects etc.

Most of the classes of this course are built up around learning the following aspects of drawing:

  • Observation
  • Composition
  • Dynamics and movement
  • Proportions
  • Light and shadows
  • Anatomy
  • Construction and volume

Visual storytelling workshops

The visual storytelling workshops cover various related disciplines that you will be asked to show your skills within when creating a portfolio for the bachelor educations of The Animation Workshop. If you already know which bachelor you would like to apply to, you will see that some of the workshops are more directly related to the other bachelors.

However, the topics are closely related, and getting insights into something that is not exactly your point of focus will still be useful for you in the process of building up a set of strong visual storytelling skills. As an example, an aspiring animator might learn something about storytelling in the comic workshop that comes in handy one day when they want to create their own story for a small animation clip, or an aspiring comic artist will benefit from the acting workshop when drawing comics, even though there is not an actual acting category in the Graphic Storytelling portfolio

The visual storytelling workshops include the following topics:

  • Acting for animation
  • Character design
  • Storyboard
  • Perspective
  • Environment Design
  • Comic Creation
  • Illustration

What if I am only interested in classical drawing?

Please also take a look at the course TDA Classical Drawing & Painting, if you are not interested in the visual storytelling workshops, but would like to focus on learning the classical art techniques.

Lecturers

Artem Alexeev teacher at The Drawing Academy
  • Artem Alexeev

  • Lecturer and Artist
    • Ph.D. in Fine Arts
    • Lecturer at The Drawing Academy since 1997
    • Fine Artist
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Maja Vendelbo teacher at The Drawing Academy
  • Maja Meisner Vendelbo

  • Lecturer and Artist
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Teacher at The Drawing Academy since 2015
    • Fine artist
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Ready to apply?

Upload your drawings

We would like to see a few examples of what you like to draw, so when you apply, you will need to upload minimum 5 drawings. You can upload them directly to the application system, either as single drawings or combined in a PDF.

If you already have an online portfolio, you can also upload a document with a link to your website (the system does not allow you to copy links directly).

Upload letter of motivation

You also need to upload a letter of motivation, maximum 1 A4 page. Please include the following topics:

  1. Your motivation for attending the course
  2. Previous experiences with drawing (courses or things you practiced)
  3. Which kind of art, films, comics, books etc. you like
  4. Previous schools and educations that you attended, including non-art related things like high school etc.

Apply before 1st of May 

There are no prerequisites for applying. However, you should be highly motivated and willing to learn. 

Apply now

After the deadline

After the application deadline we will assess your application based on your drawings and letter of motivation. You will hear from us shortly after the deadline

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 taw.housing@via.dk.

    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)
  • The course fee is 36.000 DKK (approx. 4835 EUR). This covers both teaching and materials.

    The school does not offer scholarships.

    It is not possible to get SU (public education support).

    You will be required to pay the full tuition fee around the time of course start. If you have applied to the course, but have to cancel, e.g. because you are asmitted to another programme, you will not have to pay, as long as you cancel before course start. If you have started the course, but wish to leave before completion, The Drawing Academy must be informed of this in writing. Please be aware that you will be obliged to pay for an extra four weeks of tuition after leaving.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students from outside the European Union can stay in Denmark for maximum 90 days on a tourist Visa. Please contact the school to get a special arrangement regarding the fee, due to your limited ability to stay the full semester.

  • The Drawing Academy (TDA) is the drawing department of The Animation Workshop/VIA University College full of students and instructors dedicated to drawing. At The Drawing Academy, we approach drawing as a craft with reference to baroque and renaissance masters, as well as to more recent artists working with representing and interpreting reality.

    During the foundation courses at TDA, we train your ability to draw the human body and the world around it. We often use a live model, where the student have a variation of both very short and longer poses depending on the purpose of the exercise. Many of the exercises aim at teaching you how to understand, draw and construct the actual shapes that objects, bodies, heads etc. consist of, so that you can work with values, tones and light. Other very important topics are movement and mood, practiced both with the live model and through sketches in town.

    At The Drawing Academy, we are interested in giving you a deep understanding of form, construction and movement rather than how to make a nice and glossy surface. This understanding is relevant, not only for animation, but for all kinds of artistic disciplines. Thus, the semester course is an excellent base for further visual studies. It is also relevant for visual professionals wishing to improve their drawing skills.

    If you already have a good level in classical drawing and would like to specialise further in that, we encourage you to take a look at our top-up course TDA: Classical Drawing & Painting. In TDA: Classical Drawing & Painting, you are taught classical drawing and painting, taking a starting point in your already developed skills.

    Studying at The Animation Workshop

    You will study in a highly ambitious environment that cultivates an extensive international network of skilled professional guest teachers. You will also get access to many extracurricular activities such as inspirational talks by artists, illustrators and animators, evening life drawing, sports and social events.

Contact

Maria Skov Pedersen
  • Maria Skov Pedersen

  • Coordinator and Lecturer at the Talent and Skills Department
  • T: +45 87 55 49 44