Animation / Digital & multimedia

3D Character Animation


A 16-week course taking participants through a series of lectures, assignments and mini productions, increasing in complexity, in the field of 3D character animation - from concept to polish.

Date: 15 February - 11 June 2021, Viborg, Denmark

Application deadline for 2021: 27 November 2020

Should it due to COVID-19 not be possible to have the students physically present at campus for a longer period of time, VIA will prepare and offer an alternative, online solution in which its provides the software and infrastructure. There will be a reduced course fee in such an event.
Under the supervision of animation professionals, this course introduce participants to the modeling and animation software Maya and to 3D character animation. They are guided through a series of exercises designed to transfer the classical 2D animation principles onto the computer and a 3D platform. The focus is 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 final project, lasting 4.5 weeks, which is participants' showreel masterpiece: a 20-30 seconds animated short film.

This course offers:
  • 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 a personal workstation with industry-standard software
  • Art and didactic materials
  • Access to camera equipment
  • Assistance with housing and travel advice
  • A professional network

The course includes a paid bus trip (Viborg - Annecy - Viborg) and student accreditation to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France right after the course.

Target groupAnimation professionals, Directors, New media content providers, Post-production professionals
Requirements A CV, motivational letter, and a showreel/portfolio. This can be simple exercises in a variety of formats (2D, 3D, stop-motion, cutout etc.).
Without project
Junior | Intermediate
Scholarships are available. TAW offers scholarships to course participants from so-called low production capacity countries, but in special cases, course participants from other EU countries, as well as non-EU countries, will be taken into consideration as well.
Scholarships are available.
Scholarships are available.
Last updated on : 08.10.19