Summer school animation

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Summer school animation

Summer school

Target audience

The minimum age is 18 years old (no maximum age limit). The programme is 100% in English so you must have a level of english which will allow you to follow the lectures and workshops.
A previous experience of character animation is normally required, in order for the students and trainees to get the most benefit from it. Such experience is mandatory in order to participate in the workshop activities which comprise more than 50% of the programme.
Other profiles, coming from for example art design and production management, could also get a better understanding of character animation from the master classes, but would not be able to participate in the workshop. Priority however will be given during the selection process to animators who can do the workshop exercises.


An evaluation of the applicant’s profile as presented in the application documents submitted with examples of graphic and especially character animation work (no originals : only photocopies, digital printouts, and DVDs*. The selection committee also accepts to view the work on websites. There will be no formal evaluation, marks or grades.
* GOBELINS will not return any submitted materials.
Applications may be submitted starting November 1st 2016.
Applicants must complete the application form (.PDF) and return it to the school.
After evaluation of the application, participants will be notified about their admissibility by email within 2 weeks after submission.

Package solutions

package 1 : 2 900 €
package 2 : 2 500€
package 3 : 1 500 €

Further information

The selection process will continue until June 2017 if places remain available.

After notification of admissibility, final admission to the Animation Summer School will be confirmed only after the school receives full payment of the fees. All payments must be completed before the 2nd June 2016.

In the event of a cancellation before 1st April 2016, all participant fees will be reimboursed. In the event of a cancellation after 1st April 2016, GOBELINS, l’école de l’image will retain 50% of fees paid.  In the event of cancellation after 1st June 2016, GOBELINS reserves the right to retain the full payment.

Further information :
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10


4th-15th July 2016

Gobelins - Site Paris

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Understand what makes for successful Character Animation !

France is today the third largest animation producer in the world and the European leader. French artists and studios create and develop full-length feature films, TV series, commercials, short art-house films, special effects, video games and other emerging forms of audiovisual expression. Graphic and animation styles, narrative modes and characters are quite varied, but all reveal a certain French touch that is recognised and appreciated around the world. Indeed, many young French talents are sought after to work in studios around the world.  Such creativity in animation has been the specialty of GOBELINS, l’école de l’image for 40 years.

Building on the strength of its long experience and its worldwide reputation, GOBELINS is organising for the ninth time an International Summer School to enable students and professionals from around the world to gain a better understanding of what makes for successful character animation. This year, GOBELINS ranked №1 Animation School worldwide.

Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



The programme is mainly designed for professionals and advanced students in animation and focuses on three major points :

  • Experience: GOBELINS’ finest applied research in character animation, presented by GOBELINS professors during morning master classes.
  • Professionalism: lectures and interventions from experts from the industry sharing their practical experience all along the programme.
  • Practice: tailor made exercises given to the students by the lecturers for the afternoon workshops and reinforced by individual coaching.

The master classes will be given in English.

At the end of the course, participants will receive an official certificate from GOBELINS.

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Schedule of GOBELINS' summer school animation 2016

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Practical information

Dates and class schedules

Classes at the international summer school at GOBELINS will be held from Monday July 3th to Friday July 14th 2017 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. (certain classes or activities may begin earlier and finish later).

In order for participants to enjoy their own personal cultural discovery of Paris, with its many museums, exhibitions, art galleries, libraries, cinemas and historic quarters, no activities will be organized for the participants on Sundays (rooms will be open on Saturday 11th for personal work).

Accomodations and meals

During the week of Summer School (but not the weekend of 11th and 12th of July), lunch will be taken at GOBELINS.

While these lunches are included in the participation fees, breakfast and dinners, as well as lunch at the weekend, are not.

However, a welcome dinner will be offered upon arrival (date to be confirmed).

Local transportation

The international summer school is held on the premises of GOBELINS, l’école de l’image located at 73 Boulevard Saint-Marcel in the 13th district of Paris, near the Metro station « Les Gobelins » (line N°7 ).

Each participant for the complete package will receive upon arrival on Sunday July 3th a travel card or tickets for use on the metro and buses serving the Paris city centre for the period of July 4th through July 15th.


You want to know more about the course ?

Gobelins - Site Paris

73, boulevard Saint-Marcel
75013 Paris
Téléphone : 01 40 79 92 79
Fax : 01 40 79 92 71

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