Master of Arts in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking

This two-year course taught in English is designed to enable students to reach a professional level notably in directing and storytelling in a multicultural environment. In addition to exercises in writing, storyboarding and complex animation (mixed techniques, interacting characters), students participate in an open-themed end of studies film in conditions similar to a professional environment.



2 years

Pace of study



Paris Saint-Marcel

Entrance exams results 2023

  • Bachelor in Animation or Animated Filmmaking and/or 3 years of professional experience in the field
  • No age limit

  • 2D and 3D animation
  • Modeling and 3D rendering
  • Design and background, color, storyboard or character design
  • Proficiency in compositing with After effects
  • Animation with TV Paint, Animate, Toon Boom, Maya
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Solid command of English

Double validation:

  • Master of Arts
  • "Concepteur et réalisateur de films d’animation" professional diploma (5-years post high school degree, level 7) certified by the French National Ministry of Education in September, 1st 2021 (published by the Official Journal on the 08/04/2021)

  • Character designer
  • Director 2D or 3D
  • Animator
  • Compositing operator
  • Background artist
  • Storyboard artist
  • Layout artist

Tuition fees

  • €10.000 per year for European citizens
  • €15.000 per year for non European citizens.

Scholarships opportunities (through GOBELINS, Odon Vallet and/or CROUS).

Eligible for scholarship

Admission process

Pre-selection based on demo reel, motivational video and selection based on an oral interview in English

Opening of admission process: 17 November 2022
Closing of admission process : 2 March 2023

Admission interview :
Between 11 and 14 April 2023

Download the admission process

  • Advanced courses in 2D and 3D Character Animation
  • Scriptwriting and directing, character definition and characterisation, graphic design, sound design, storyboarding
  • Filmmaking: 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 course, teams will mix with students from the French Programme in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking
  • Production of a making of, demo reel, graphic portofolio...
  • Students benefit from tailored follow-up
  • Equipements: HD and 3D equipped movie theatre, professional sound studio, multi-layer animation stands.
  • Each student has a dedicated workstation. Led animation tables, Cintiqs
  • 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, in multicultural groups, of an end-of studies short film
  • Written report on a reflective work related to an experimental project

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