3D Character Animation course

WORKSHOP. Learn how to animate in Autodesk Maya through a series of lectures, assignments, and mini-productions of increasing complexity in the field of 3D character animation, from concept to polish. Join our fun, intensive, full-time semester course in spring 2022 taught exclusively by industry professionals.

The animation course runs from 7 March to 10 June 2022. The application deadline is 5 January 2022.

On the professional training course in 3D Character Animation at The Animation Workshop, VIA University College you will learn from active professionals in an incredibly creative environment and develop both your technical and artistic 3D skills.

Course content

Under the supervision of animation professionals, you are introduced to the modeling 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 the advanced concepts of pantomime acting and lip-sync - both introduced in 2-week mini productions. The course culminates in a 2-week final project, a short animation, structured as a collaborative project. This will comprise each student’s showreel masterpiece; with which you can apply for jobs as a junior 3D character animator.

As an online add-on, you will benefit from a portfolio bootcamp with exactly this mind: how to maximize your chances to get a job in the animation industry. You will be guided and mentored by industry experts in how to create an effective showreel and portfolio.

Finally, you will be encouraged and supported in attending the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France in June. The festival and market is a great place to start showing your newly updated showreel, meeting animation studio executives and applying for jobs as a junior 3D character animator.

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
  • 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
  • Access to camera equipment
  • Assistance with housing and travel advice
  • A professional network
  • OPTIONAL: Paid bus trip (Viborg - Annecy - Viborg) and student accreditation to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France right after the course

Instructors (subject to change)

  • Henrik Malmgren, SE. AV Generalist, CEO and founder of Good Job Studios.
  • Stine Agerskov Frandsen, DK. Animator at AV design, formerly at TeamTO. 
  • Robert Bennett, USA. Acting teacher, director for animated films (Les Gobelins, The Animation Workshop, VIA UC, EMCA etc.)
  • Mette Tange, DK. 3D character animator and co-owner of the award-winning production company, Tumblehead Animation Studios. An alumnus from VIA UC, TAW in 2009, Mette worked at studios such as Mac Guff and Sony Pictures Imageworks, on short films, TV-series and feature films.
  • Anders Brogaard, DK. Animator at DNEG, London. Anders has worked for companies such as DNEG, A-Film, Bacon, Unity Technologies, and Illumination Mac Guff.
  • Fredrick Fassé, CAN. Animation Director at Doberman Pictures. 
  • Julie Astrup, DK. 3D animator at Copenhagen Bombay Productions

Course facts

Place: The Animation Workshop/VIA University 
Teaching language: English
Course dates: March 7 – June 10, 2022
Tuition fee: 2.850 EUR
Application deadline: January 5, 2022

More information

For the most current information about the course content, schedule, and instructors, and to apply, please visit https://animationworkshop.via.dk/programs-and-courses/3d-character-animation

The 3D Character Animation course is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA program.

Email: prs@via.dk