3D Character Animator - 1 year programme

This course is designed for self-taught animators or students who have started a training course in 3D or computer graphics and wishing to improve their skills in order to specialize in 3D Character Animation. The programme is built around practical simulation exercises to develop command of directing, movement and acting and is supervised by professionals working in renowned 3D animation studios.

3D Character animation


1 year

Pace of study



Annecy campus

Entrance exams results 2023

  • Students with 2 years of studies after high school in the fields of 3D computer graphics or a minimum of two years of professional experience in these fields
  • Proficiency in one of the 3D reference softwares : Maya, 3DSMax, XSI or Blender
  • No age limit

  • Good general knowledge of 3D computer graphics
  • Open-mindedness
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Strong interest about Character Animation

Professional certification of level II (Fr), and level 6 (Eu) code NSF 323, registered in the RNCP by decree of 11/07/2018 published in the JO on 21/07/2018, renewal process is underway

  • 3D Character animation
  • Director of 3D Animation
  • 3D Animation supervisor

In the animation, audiovisual and video game sectors

Tuition fees

  • €9.900 per year for European citizens
  • €14.950 per year for non European citizens
  • In continuing education: 13.500 €

Plan about 200 € to come to Paris during the speed recruiting session organised at the end of March.

Admission process

  • Based on video of personal motivation and demo reel
  • Technical test
  • Interview

Application opening date : 17 November 2022

Closing of admission process :
Session 1 : 23 February 2023
Session 2 : 13 April 2023

Entrance exam :
Session 1: 20 March 2023 
Session 2 : 23 Mai 2023 

Admission interview :
Session 1 : 21 - 22 March 2023
Session 2 : 24 - 25 May 2023 

Download the admission process


  • Acting
  • Body mechanics
  • Animation styles: from realism to cartoon
  • Animation of characters: humans, animals and toons
  • Facial expressions and lip synchronization (for dialogues)
  • 3D Layout
  • Develop your creativity technique in animation
  • Different 3D animation techniques: methodology and practice
  • Conferences of international experts on animation

The course is delivered both in English and French.

  • 100% employment rate 6 months after graduation
  • Demo reel to facilitate integration to the labor market
  • Practical exercices to complement the pedagogical progression
  • GOBELINS is a member of RECA (the French Animation School Network) and of IPAX (the US network of schools recognized by Sony Pictures)
  • High-level faculty members, professionals coming from well-established studios
  • International mindset required to work on multicultural projects and in multicultural contexts (courses and conferences in French and in English)
  • Participation in a speed-recruiting event organized during the Annecy festival in June for last year of the course (more than 50 companies usually attend)

Production of an individual demo reel highlighting the skills acquired in animation

2 months continuously

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