The Drawing Academy: Portfolio

Do you have great drawing skills and need the help to improve your portfolio? TDA Portfolio is the best preparation to apply for our Bachelor's degree programs! 

Type and duration

Foundation course, (10 weeks)

Study start and city

3 January, Viborg

Course fee

DKK 17,000                            *(Former students of The Drawing Academy's semester courses and Visuel HF get a DKK 2000 discount)

Application deadline

21 October


The course is not accredited with ECTS-points

What you will learn

The course consists of a mix of workshops, project work, individual portfolio feedback and lectures. Through the workshops, you will be introduced to the disciplines that are required in the portfolio for your application to the Bachelor's degree programmes.

The Bachelor's degree programmes have different requirements. Some weeks the whole group will be taught together, and at other times, you will get the opportunity to choose the workshop that is most relevant to the study programme you are applying for. In most cases, you will be able to use drawings made in the workshops directly in your portfolio.

For the next course, we are doing the following workshops:

  • Storytelling and storyboard
  • Character design
  • Drawing – gesture drawing, short studies, perspective etc.
  • Comic language/writing
  • Drama
  • Background design
  • World Building

Please note that you might not be able to attend all the workshops, as some of them will take place at the same time.

Shortly before the admissions deadline to the Bachelor's degree programmes you will get the chance to focus 100% on your portfolio and receive qualified feedback.

Fridays are dedicated to live drawing and talks on art, film and comics.

Ready to apply?

You must demonstrate good classical drawing skills

When applying to the course, you will be asked to supply a link to an online portfolio that demonstrates your drawing skills. It can be a blog or Tumblr with 10 to 20 classical drawings, of which a minimum of five should be of a live model.

After the application deadline, you will be invited for an admission interview. Former TDA Classical students will have a good chance at being accepted into TDA Portfolio, but we cannot guarantee admission.

October 12

Apply before 12 October

If you want to join the spring 2023 course from 2 January – 10 March, you must apply before 12 October 2022.

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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)
  • The course fee is 17,000 DKK. Former students of TDA Classical or Visuel HF get a 2000 DKK discount.

    The school does not offer scholarships.

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


    You will mainly be working with analogue drawing materials, but in some workshops, you will have the opportunity to work digitally, if you have your own computer equipment. While many students may want to create part of their portfolio digitally, except for a few computers for scanning etc. in the common areas, the school is not providing computers for the students in TDA Portfolio. Bringing a computer and a Wacom tablet is recommended but in no way mandatory.

  • 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 Advanced. In TDA Advanced, 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.


Maria Skov Pedersen is a teacher and coordinator at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training
  • Maria Skov Pedersen

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