Tailor-made courses in topics related to animation, CG-arts, games and more

 

Course Packages for Companies

Professional Training course

Are you a company within animation film, VFX, games, or another related field, and in need of a training offer specifically designed and tailored for your employees? Then contact us!

About Course Packages for Companies

  • Facts

    Title: Course Packages for Companies

    Language: Optional - normally English

    Duration of the program: depending on the needs of the client

    Place: The courses can take place either on-site by the clients or at The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg, DK.

    Fees: Fees are negotiated from course to course since costs can vary depending on topic, duration, the experts chosen and the preparation time.

    Former Clients and Workshops
    Former clients include companies such as LEGO System A/S, Lani Pixels, Ubisoft Stockholm, Kiloo, Monstrum, and DR Ramasjang.

    We have offered courses and workshops in areas such as simulations using Houdini, life drawing, production design, character and environment design, color, concept development and more.

     

    “We had a fantastic workshop with Mikkel and we are all still very excited about it. He is really great and optimistic and we had three incredibly fun days. A course is always a nice break from the every-day work, but this one takes home the win for the best course that we ever had.” Sune Jørgensen, Monstrum.

  • Structure and Content

    The Animation Workshop, VIA University College has for the last 15 years organized on-demand, tailored courses and workshops for private companies around Europe.

    These courses range from 1-day masterclasses to 1- to 2-week intensive workshops taught by experts selected from our large pool of international guest professionals.

    You can choose one of the course packages presented in the tabs below, or contact us with specific wishes for competence development of your team. The contents to be taught are developed in collaboration between The Animation Workshop, the client companies and the relevant experts chosen as tutors. Under each course package you will find the course description, key objectives, as well as the course instructor.

  • Color, Composition and Storytelling

    Instructor: Susanne Bækby Gerges, Drawesome Films

    How does the right use of color and composition affect a story and how can we use these tools to advance a story? As a participant on this course, you will be instructed in the fundamentals of composition and color theory, and how to use both composition and color actively to advance your story.

    The theory is supplemented with hands-on exercises, and you will be asked to create 2-3 compositions as establishing shots of a movie version of a personal memory.

    What you get:

    • 2-3 days of inspiration and guidelines that applies to your everyday creative work
    • A lecture of the principles of art and design
    • A lecture of the elements of art and design
    • New artwork to update your portfolio
    • A reference catalogue of animated short films, feature films and artists
    • Painting class – introduction to color

    Key objectives

    The designers will leave the course with

    • A renewal of their driver’s license in doing art and design
    • An understanding of how to back up routines and intuition with theory when working creatively
    • Strong inspiration and motivation

    The workshop will be taught by Danish animator and director, Susanne Bækby Gerges, who has specialized, among other things, in creating backgrounds for animated projects as well as directing short films with a strong focus on storytelling. Over many years she has worked with these concepts repeatedly, so they are now completely ingrained in her design process.

    The course can take place at both The Animation Workshop, VIA University College, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg or on-site by the clients. Duration is 2-3 days which can be structured as both a full day with 1-2 follow up sessions at a later date or 2-3 days in succession. The course is suited for 8-12 participants.

  • Intro to Worldbuilding & Storytelling

    Instructor Martin Rauff-Nielsen, Baaring Stories ApS

    World building is a complex area with a multitude of possible processes that all have the main goal of creating and describing original fictional worlds. The storytelling aspect will be integrated and connected with world building in this workshop.

    This workshop will focus on working both in an open, creative mode and a more structured, rational mode. Participants will work in groups on creating new, original fictional worlds based on a few obstructions and prompts. The second part of the workshop will focus on formulating a mini story bible, a document consisting of both written and visuals parts that clearly define the fictional worlds that participants created in the first part of the workshop. The third part of the workshop consists in using the story bible as the basis for storytelling, and the participants will be guided in this process. At the end of the whole workshop, the groups will present their worlds and stories to the other participants.

    Key objectives

    The designers will leave the course with

    • A structured method to generate original ideas
    • An understanding of both the creative mode and the rational mode and when to apply which
    • A method to extract interesting stories from the exercise story bible

    The course instructor is Martin Rauff-Nielsen of Baaring Studios ApS. The studio works with game design, worldbuilding, story and IP design and development. Martin is an experienced writer and storyteller, who has taught this specific course for the design department at LEGO System A/S twice before. He is well-known as the game master for the role-playing universe Barda.

    The course can take place at both The Animation Workshop, VIA University College, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg or on-site by the clients. Duration is 2-3 days which can be structured as both a full day with 1-2 follow up sessions at a later date or 2-3 days in succession. The course is suited for 8-12 participants.

  • Finding faces & forms

    Instructor: Julia Bracegirdle

    Photocollage design course.

    Participants will use a collage technique that sparks innovation in the idea generation process when designing characters and sets. The workshop will alternate between lectures and practical assignments, and it is very hands-on – for instance when participants go on a Character Safari!

    Topics include:

    • Visualization techniques
    • Photocollage as drawing
    • Shapes to forms
    • Characterization: developing characters

    Key objectives

    The designers will leave the course with

    • A new collage technique that sparks innovation in their idea generation process
    • Knowledge and practice in how to identify appeal and potential in characters
    • Knowledge of characterization: how to develop characters

    This workshop is led by Julia Bracegirdle. She is a very experienced senior lecturer in animation with feature film animation experience from companies such as DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. She is a recurring guest teacher at TAW since many years. The workshop can be formatted to any number of days, although 2 days will be the minimum for the participants to benefit in full, as it will be too disruptive otherwise.

    The course can take place at both The Animation Workshop, VIA University College, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg or on-site by the clients and is suited for 8-12 participants.

  • Examples of Instructors

    Aljoscha Blau

    Freelance illustrator

    Aljoscha Blau has been working as a freelance illustrator creating pictures for exquisite literature both for children and grown-ups since 2007. His work has been honoured with numerous awards such as German Design Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award, Prix Figure Future, etc.

    Julia Bracegirdle

    Martin Rauff

    Martin Rauff

    Concept Developer

    Martin Rauff works in an area shaped by the intersections of play, concept/IP-development, and narrative. He has been the driving force behind a diverse group of projects ranging from TV-broadcasts and games, books, albums, museum exhibitions, and large-scale events.

    Roberto Fernández Castro

    Roberto Fernández Castro

    Freelance concept artist

    Roberto Fernández Castro is specialized in vehicle design, architecture and environment design. He has an impressive CV as he designed for Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Avengers – Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy among many others.

    Susanne Bækby Gerges

    Susanne Bækby Gerges

    Film Director and Producer and owner of the Viborg based animation studio, Drawesome Pictures

    Susanne is an award winning Animation Film Director, Producer and owner of the Viborg based animation studio, Drawesome Pictures. She finished her studies at The Animation Workshop, Viborg, in 2008 and her work includes directing 'functional animation films’ for public awareness as well as creating backgrounds for animated shorts and series. Her first short film 'Cheers Viola!' won the Animation Talent Award at the OFF13. Susanne has also worked on backgrounds for LEGO Elves, Big Hero 6, the series and Driver Dan’s Story Train, BBC.

  • Contact

    Per Kristensen

    Per Kristensen

    Project Manager, Talent & Skills Development

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