Animation Production Manager

The Animation Production Manager course will cover all the aspects of managing an animation film or TV project that are crucial for it to be completed within its allocated timeframe and budget, and at the promised level of quality.

Type and duration

1 week 

Dates and place

August 12-16, 2024, Viborg or online

Course fee

8000 DKK (approximately 1075EUR)

Application deadline

May 20, 2024

What you will learn

The course structure corresponds to the various steps of an animation production, covering the processes of initiating, planning, executing and closing the film. The participants will be expertly guided through the process and train the ability to foresee challenges and analyse the possibilities within the given budget, when it comes to style, artists etc.

The course will be a mix of theory and practical exercises designed to prepare the participants for managing a production and a team, either in-house or placed at various geographical locations. In order to accommodate the needs of as many participants as possible, the course will be part hybrid, part online.

During the course, the instructors, all active professionals from the animation industry, will cover a series of topics needed when managing an animation film production such as cashflow/budgeting, planning and deadlines, approval procedures, the roles and responsibilities of various team members, who are depending on each other, and how the production manager can facilitate a good work flow in terms of structure and communication. All of this is important for the project to succeed both creatively and economically.

Many of the topics described above are covered by the main teacher, senior line producer Therese Sachse, and are relevant for both small and large productions, as well as 2D and 3D productions. Therese has experience with many different types of productions and will also talk about the difference between small and large productions, and how the same topics apply in upscaled and downscaled versions to different types of projects.

Additionally, there will be a focus on pipelines, taught through talks by specialists in 2D pipeline and 3D pipeline. There will also be a module on post production taught by a post producer.
In order to turn the theory into practical knowledge, the participants will be given an assignment of working with a fictive project in groups, where they have to create a production plan as well as a budget and a breakdown based on models provided by the teachers. A book on production management is also included in the course price.

Daily schedule:

  • 9.00 - 12.00 Class
  • 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.00 - 16.30 Class 


The course can be attended either physically or online.


Therese Sachse
  • Therese Sachse

  • Animation Producer and Consultant
    • Working with animation since 1999
    • Experience in international productions, both on TV series and feature films
    • Jungledyret Hugo 3
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Jimmi Gravesen
  • Jimmi Gravesen

  • Technical Director
    • Extensive experience with 3D pipelines from e.g. Wil Film.
    • Worked as a software developer at The Moving Picture Company
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Ready to apply?

You should be a graduate or professional

The course is for graduates and professionals of animation, film, business, media studies and similar, preferably with some animation experience, who wish to work as a production manager in the animation industry.

In order to apply, please fill out the online application form. You will be asked to provide a CV and upload diploma and other relevant documents to prove that you have the required education or work experience.

Apply here

Need more information?

  • Accommodation is not included in the fee but Viborg offers several affordable accommodation opportunities. Within walking distance of the school you will find OasenNattely and Klosterpensionen. The latter is located right next to Viborg's old Dome, right in the heart of the city. Other options include Lisely and Danhostel Viborg. You can also take a look at the local tourist agency's list of accommodation.

  • Course materials

    All participants are asked to bring a laptop. There are no specific requirements for the laptop. All course participants will receive a book on the topic, as well as other helpful material.

  • The course is designed for physically present participants, and we strongly encourage physical presence, since physically present participants will get more out of the course.

    However, participants who are unable to attend physically may participate online, if they are aware of the fact that the course was not designed as an online course.

    The teacher will strive to include online participants as much as possible in both lectures and assignments, but the online experience will not be quite the same as the experience of taking the course physically.


Maria Skov Pedersen
  • Maria Skov Pedersen

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