3D Character Animation

The 3D Character Animation course is a 15-week program taking the students through all the components of 3D animation from start to finish.

Now open for applications to the 2016 course!

"An amazing course! Great set-up, Excellent teachers and friendly environment. Super pleased with everything. Strongly recommend it to friends and colleagues every chance I get."

Martin Nyberg, Sweden. 3DCA 2013
If you are a 2D animator, trainer, stop motion animator, Flash animator, animation director, character animation, 3D animator, CG artist, or maybe an illustrator, designer, storyboard artist or an architect who would love to learn 3D Character Animation, then this is the course for you!

The 3D Character Animation course is for you if you want to:
  • learn from the best
  • develop your technical and artistic skills
  • be employable as a junior 3D character animator
  • Broaden your animation skills
  • Get a fast track into the Maya software
  • extend your professional network
  • get a real world relation with instructors and other professionals which you will not get through an online course

  • All in just 15 weeks!

    What you get

    • An intensive course developed with the help of industry professionals
    • Instructors are all active professionals brought in from animation studios around the world specifically for this 15-week 3D Character Animation course. Therefore instructors have updated and production-tested knowledge
    • Hands-on teaching and practice every day from morning to afternoon
    • Access to your own personal workstation with industry-standard software 24 hours a day, also during weekends
    • Access to video camera and tripod for reference videos
    • Didactic material and art materials
    • A super useful professional network with the other participants and with the guest teachers – as well as to the rest of The Animation Workshop
    • Access to all extra-curricular activities at The Animation Workshop: a variety of sports, lectures, parties, workshops etc.
    • 15 weeks immersed in a highly creative and social environment
    • TAW staff prebooks a number of rooms at the on-campus dormitory, making sure you have a place to live during the course.
    • TAW staff advice you about travel and the best ways to get to Viborg
    • Advice and resources for further training

    • Instructors

      Previous teachers on the 3D Character Animation course include (filmographies not exhaustive):
      • Rich Quade, USA. Toy Story 1, 2, 3 (1995, 1999, 2010), The Incredibles (2004), Finding Nemo (2003) Monsters, Inc. (2001)
      • Drifa Benseghir, FR. Igor (2008), A Monster in Paris (2011).
      • Claus Pedersen, DK. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Tangled (2010)
      • Michelle Meeker, USA. Shrek (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
      • Travis Hathaway, USA. Monsters University (2013), Brave (2012), Up (2009), Ratatouille (2007), Finding Nemo (2003)
      • Paul Mendoza, USA. Monsters University (2013), Brave (2012), WALL-E (2008), The Incredibles (2004), Toy Story 2 (1999)
      • Erik Schmidt, DK. Otto the Rhino (2013), Bolt (2008), Shark Tale (2004), The Road to Eldorado (2000).
        • and many more fantastic professionals from the animation industry.

        • What you will learn

          Under the supervision of guest teachers who are all international and European animation professionals, the participants will be introduced to the Maya software and to 3D character animation through a series of exercises designed to transfer the classical 2D animation principles onto the computer and a 3D platform. Focus will lie on body mechanics and physical action during the basic training and then move on to the advanced concepts of pantomime acting and lip sync. The course will culminate in a 4-week final project which is to be each student’s showreel masterpiece; a 20-30 seconds animated short film or computer game intro. You can find a detailed program here

          Former Student Projects

          As a participant you will work on a large number of exercises and short scenes, but the last four weeks of the course are dedicated to the final projects, a short 30 second film based on a piece of dialogue, something you record yourself, or maybe a visual gag. Here you can watch former final 3DCA projects.

          Course facts: 2016

        • Application deadline: 4th December 2015
        • Dates: February 22nd to June 3rd 2016.
        • Teaching language: English.
        • Fee: 2.800 EUR (20.860 DKK), not including accommodation or living expenses.

        • Course facts: 2015

        • Application deadline:Closed for 2015 intake.
        • Dates: February 23rd to June 5th 2015.
        • Teaching language: English.
        • Fee: 2.800 EUR (20.860 DKK), not including accommodation or living expenses.
        • ECTS points: Accredited with 30 ECTS points
        • Scholarships: The Animation Workshop offers accommodation and/or travel scholarships to eligible course applicants. Read more here.

        • The 3D Character Animation course is supported by the Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme of the EU. As a result, the course is primarily offered to EU-citizens. We are only allowed to take in a small percentage of participants from non-EU countries.

          The 3D Character Animation course is an Open Education program. Open Education is a wide range of educational programs in Denmark offered to adults who wish to undergo further training.

          Admission & Requirements

          To apply for the 3D Character Animation course, please use the online application form on the right side of this page.
          You will be asked to provide a CV, motivation letter and a showreel/portfolio. Participants must have a solid grasp of the animation principles, and preferably have done animation before. Participants with very basic knowledge of animation but high technical skills in 3D software are also eligible.

          Submitting an application to the course is not binding. In the event of a successful application to the course, you will be asked to confirm your seat as soon as possible afterwards.

          Participant Testimonials

          “An amazing course! Great set-up, Excellent teachers and friendly environment. Super pleased with everything. Strongly recommend it to friends and colleagues every chance I get.
          Awesome work Tim & Per! Couldn't be more pleased with the setup of the course or the teachers. Keep up the great work!”
          - Martin Nyberg, 3D Character Animation course 2013

          “Probably the best course I´ve attended. The school is amazing, the overall structure is extraordinary and the people working there, the lecturers and the students, as well as its location, make it to the place it is today.”
          - Mikkel Brandt Bugge, 3D Character Animation course 2013

          “I absolutely adored and highly recommend attending The Animation Workshop. The course was excellent, the school is a very creative and informal place, yet very professional and high end tuition and staff.”
          - Joana Bartolomeu, 3D Character Animation 2014

          “Everything in The Animation Workshop is so well organised and well thought off that it was not only a pleasure but a privilege to be a part of the course. Organisers ware always more than happy to help and present among the received knowledge a huge reason to go back and continue studying in Viborg on the programs they develop in the future. I can't thank you enough for the experience I had, it was the best boost I ever had or got in this industry and I look forward to seeing you on some of the next courses that I will surely apply too. It was a great time, I miss Viborg a lot.”
          - Stjepan Milas, 3D Character Animation 2014

          “I really enjoyed my stay at the animation workshop during this course. The teachers were excellent and we had the privilege to work in a very friendly and creative environment. The participants were able to develop their skills, finding new contacts from the animation and film industry and I would be happy to recommend the course as well as the school to anyone interested in the field of animation and media.”
          - Fredrik Ueberle, 3D Character Animation 2014


Professional Training / Open Workshop Coordinator
Per graduated from Aarhus University in 2010 with a master in English and Film & Television. He work...
Phone: +45 87554955

More info
Per Kristensen

Application form 3D Character Animation

Course application form (required)
Application form 3DCA 2016

Scholarship application form (optional)
Scholarship: 3DCA 2016
(Please note, you must submit a course application form FIRST, before you can apply for a scholarship)