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, 12 weeks

Study start and city

Spring 2024, Viborg

Course fee

DKK 30.000 / EUR 4.025 

Application deadline

February 2024 (date TBA)



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 12-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 advanced concepts of parkour, interaction, and finishing with a module in introduction to 4-legged character animation.

The course finishes with a portfolio exam with consists of a showreel that you create from the completed exercises along with a 2-4 page reflection paper about the learning process. The exam is graded.

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
  • A chance to learn Autodesk Maya, the basis for any potential proprietary 3D software a studio might use
  • 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
  • Assistance with housing and travel advice
  • A professional network
  • 30 ECTS credits


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 is yet to be announced for the course in 2024.

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

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 programme.

    The prices range between 400-700 EUR (3.000-5.000 DKK) per month.

    You will be offered a specific accommodation option by the housing organizer 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 organizer.

    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. You can choose to purchase a duvet and pillow through VIA, so you will only need to bring bed sheets and towels. There is also a shared kitchen and common area at your disposal. If you have any questions in relation to housing during your course, please contact taw.housing@via.dk

    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 tuition fee is 30,000 DKK (approx. 4,025 EUR) for EU-citizens. The price is higher for non-EU citizens and will be available here soon.

    The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW) reserves the right to cancel the course should there not be enough participants.

    Please note that you will be asked to pay the fee upfront before the course starts.

    Unfortunately, we cannot offer scholarships.

    Details on materials: All students will work in a fully set up computer lab on powerful workstations with Maya installed, which is included in the course fee. The room is set up with dual monitors and Wacom tablet (optional to use).


  • Per Kristensen

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