3D Character Animation

Are you an animator, animation director, CG artist, or maybe an illustrator, designer, storyboard artist, or architect who would love to learn 3D character animation? Then join the 3D Character Animation course! 

Type and duration

Professional Training Course, 14 weeks

Study start and city

6 March, Viborg

Course fee

DKK 14,900 / EUR 2000 

Application deadline

5 January 2023

What you will learn

You will learn from active professionals in an incredibly creative environment and develop both your technical and artistic 3D skills.

The 14-week 3D Character Animation professional training course takes you through a series of lectures, assignments and mini productions, increasing in complexity, in the field of 3D character animation - from concept to polish.

Under the supervision of animation professionals, you are introduced to the modelling and animation software Maya and to 3D character animation. You will be guided through a series of exercises designed to transfer the classical 2D animation principles onto the computer and a 3D platform. The focus will be on body mechanics and physical action during the basic training, followed by the advanced concepts of pantomime acting and lip sync - both introduced in 2-week mini productions. The course culminates in a 2-week final project, a short animation, structured as a collaborative project. This will comprise each student’s showreel masterpiece; with which you can apply for positions as a junior 3D character animator.

As an online add-on, you will benefit from a portfolio bootcamp with exactly this in mind: how to maximize your chances to get a job in the animation industry. You will be guided and mentored by industry experts in how to create an effective showreel and portfolio.

Finally, you will be encouraged and supported in attending the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France in June. The festival and market is a great place to start showing your newly updated showreel, meeting animation studio executives and applying for jobs as a junior 3D character animator.

What you get!

  • An intensive course developed with the help of industry professionals
  • Instructors from the industry who have up-to-date and production-tested knowledge
  • Hands-on teaching and practice every day from morning to afternoon
  • 24-7 access to your own personal workstation with industry-standard software
  • Art and didactic materials
  • Access to camera equipment
  • Assistance with housing and travel advice
  • A professional network
  • Optional: Support in attending and student accreditation to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France right after the course

Professional Training is co-funded by Creative Europe Media program

Lecturers

  • Fredrick Fassé

  • Animation Director at Doberman Pictures
    • LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit (2018)
    • Ratchet & Clank (2016)
    • Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
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Henrik Malmgren
  • Henrik Malmgren

  • AV Generalist, CEO and founder of Good Joob Studios
    • The Guest (2010)
    • Elu Herman H. Rottiga (2015)
    • Out of a Forest (2010)
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Robert Bennett
  • Robert Bennett

  • Acting teacher and director
    • Director of animated films from Les Gobelins, EMCA etc.
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Stine Agerskov Frandsen
  • Stine Agerskov Frandsen

  • Animator at AVDesign
    • Has previously worked at TeamTO in Valence
    • Her credits include various TV series such as PJ Masks, Raving Rabbids, and Skylanders Academy.
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  • Christoffer Andersen

  • Senior Animator at TeamTO, France
    • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
    • Skylanders Academy
    • Barbar & The Adventures of Badou – Season 3
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Eric Schmidt
  • Erik Schmidt

  • Animation Supervisor at Sun Creature
    • Has been in the animation industry over 30 years
    • Black Panther (2018)
    • Shark Tale (2004)
    • The Road to Eldorado (2000)
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Ready to apply?

Who can apply?

We rate animation experience highly when evaluating applications but applicants with high technical skills in 3D software are also eligible.

How to apply?

You are asked to provide a CV, motivational letter, and a showreel/portfolio. This can be simple exercises in a variety of formats (2D, 3D, stop-motion, cutout etc.). 

If you have a CPR number, simply use it with NemID to log in via the link below. If you do not have a CPR number, just enter your email address. You will receive an email with a link, click the link, then select “Educational programmes”, “Continuing and further education”, and then search for “3D Character Animation” in the top right corner.

When and where

The application deadline for the 2023 course is 5 January, 2023.

If accepted, you will receive a signed acceptance letter within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Please confirm your seat as soon as possible.

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Need more information?

  • We offer to help you find accommodation during your stay.

    We aim at locating housing options that are furnished and located close to the school and which provide you with the opportunity to live with other adult course participants from the same course program.

    The prices range between 300-400 EUR (2200-3000 DKK) per month.

    You will be offered a specific accommodation option by the housing organiser shortly after you have been accepted into the course. Rooms offered are typically located in the dormitory Camp Logos, which is right next to The Animation Workshop. Please note that TAW cannot guarantee that you get the specific room type you have requested. In some cases, we have to accept what is currently available from the housing organiser.

    Practical information

    All rooms in Camp Logos are furnished with a bed, bedside table, bedside lamp, room divider, desk, chair, and kitchenette. Please note that there are no kitchen utensils for the kitchenette in the room, but you can buy utensils at second-hand shops in Viborg. The school will provide a duvet and pillow, so you will only need to bring bed sheets and towels. There is also a shared kitchen and common area at your disposal.  

    As a PRO course participant, you pay a reduced deposit of 5.000 DKK (instead of 10.000 DKK).

    If you have any questions in relation to housing during your course, please contact taw.housing@via.dk

  • The course fee is 2,000 EUR (14,900 DKK). TAW offers three types of scholarships to help fund your course.

    The fee is the same for all participants regardless of nationality unless awarded a scholarship. As per the rules of our co-funder Creative Europe MEDIA, The Animation Workshop can offer scholarships to course participants from so-called low-production capacity countries. The Animation Workshop cannot grant a scholarship to every applicant but we try our best to help as much as possible.

    You can apply for three types of scholarships:

    • Travel to and from Viborg at the beginning and end of the course
    • Housing (rent and utilities)
    • Course fee (part or full coverage)

    You can apply for multiple categories, but please be realistic about what you need. Some applicants rely completely on a scholarship to be able to attend the course. You can apply for a scholarship in the application form for the course. You will receive an invoice for the entire course fee shortly before the start of the course. This will be sent as a PDF attachment to your e-mail.

Contact

Per Kristensen
  • Per Kristensen

  • Project Manager, Talent & Skills Develpoment
  • T: +45 87 55 49 55