Master of Arts in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Master of Arts in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking

Statut : full time. Duration: 2 years

Target audience

  • Bachelor or equivalent in animation and / or professional experience in the field.
  • Excellent command of the drawing techniques related to the field of animation (dynamic and expressive sketching, perspective, graphic originality).
  • Skills in at least 2 of the following fields: 2D animation, 3D modeling and rendering, 3D animation, background design, color, storyboarding, character design.
  • Knowledge of traditional animation tools and software such as Photoshop, Premiere, Flash, TV Paint.
  • Knowledge of composing with After Effects and of animation with Maya.


  • Open minded and with solid general and artistic knowledge.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Advanced level of English.

Tuition fees

7 800 for EU citizens
12 600 euros per year for non EU citizens

Training validation

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Full-time course :  2-Years Programme.

This cycle of two years, entirely in English, allows for integration of the GOBELINS curriculum so as to reach professional level, particularly in terms of character design and character animation, directing and storytelling. After exercises in writing, storyboard and sophisticated animation (mixed techniques, interacting characters), students participate in an open-themed end of studies film in conditions close to those practiced in the professional workplace. They will work in project teams and will gain an excellent level of versatility recognized by professionals, in France and internationally.

Course contents

  • Character animation is at the heart of the programme.
  • Advanced courses in character animation 2D and 3D.
  • Scripting and direction methodology, dividing the film into sequences, character definition and characterization, graphic design, storyboarding.
  • Film making: 2D and / or 3D layout, character and background modeling, setup, skinning, rigging, acting, character and special effects animation, rendering, compositing.
  • Complying with specifications, choice of production pipeline according to technical and artistic choices, assessing and monitoring production planning.
  • Teaching is centered on teamwork.
  • During the second year the film teams will be a mix of the French track and the English track.
  • Project : Production, in multicultural groups, of an end-of-studies short film.



Admission process : 3 sessions

  • 1st session :

opening of applications : 1st November 2016
applications close : 1st January 2017
admission interviews* : 17th & 18th January 2017

  • 2nd session :

opening of applications : 1st February 2017
applications close : 20th March 2017
admission interviews* : 20th & 21st April 2017

  • 3rd session :

opening of applications : 1st April 2017
applications close : 8th May 2017
admission interviews* : 30th & 31st May 2017

For more information about the admission process, please read our Terms of enrolment

*All interviews are online
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