2D Animation

This online course is aimed at enabling students and professionals from around the world to gain a better understanding of what makes a successful character animation.


4th to 15th December 2023

previous experience in Animation basics/fundamentals is required so that students will benefit the most from the programme.

Such experience is mandatory in order to participate in the workshop activities which represent more than 50% of the programme. Consequently, candidates should master the use of TV Paint.

Other profiles such as professionals or students of Art Design and Production Management, could also get a better understanding of Character Animation from the main lectures, but will not be able to participate in the workshops.

The programme is 100% in English, therefore applicants should have a good command of the language in order to follow lectures and workshops.

The programme has been designed for professionals and advanced students in Animation and is based on 3 pillars:

  • Experience: GOBELINS’ finest applied research in Character Animation is presented by GOBELINS professors during lectures.
  • Expertise: chosen experts from the industry share their practical experience directly with the students during lectures and workshops.
  • Practice: tailor-made exercises assigned to the students by the lecturers in the workshops and reinforced thanks to individual coaching.

Following the morning lectures, workshops will be held each afternoon. Over the two weeks, participants will be given one exercise to complete with the guidance of our professional tutors.
Participants will work on a 4-to-6-second acting exercise focused on a character’s change of mood and expressions or for the more advanced, an interaction between two characters.

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

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Classes will be held every day from Monday 4th to Friday 15th December 2023, on GOBELINS' online learning platform, from 1 P.M. to 7 P.M. (Paris time).

Some classes or activities may begin earlier and finish later.

Tuition fees

Package 1 : 1800 € (complete programme: lectures, workshops and individual coaching)
Package 2 : 700 € (lectures only) 

Admission process

Applicants should complete the application form (PDF) and return it to onlinecourses@gobelins.fr with a portfolio including their projects or more advanced works to be sent via Filemail or WeTransfer.

The selection committee will examine the files for admission.The selection process remains open until places are still available.

After admissibility, the participant will receive an admission letter and will have to pay the tuition fees using our online platform in order to confirm the admission. GOBELINS will not return any submitted material.

All payments should be completed before the course starts. In case of a cancellation after the programme starts, GOBELINS reserves the right to retain full payment.




Teacher and coordinator
John Coven has been working as a visual storyteller for over thirty years. As a storyboard artist in Hollywood he’s worked with directors such as Steven Spielberg,Tim Burton, Jon Favreau, and Ben Stiller. His credits include The Lion King, Jurassic World, Venom, Logan, Captain America: Civil War, and the original X-Men.

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Valentin Lucas

Valentin LUCAS

After graduating from Gobelins with the short film Hors de l’Eau, Valentin Lucas worked in Spain on the feature film Klaus as a 2D animator.

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Fabien Jimenez is a 2D animator living in the mountains of France. He worked for TV series such as Big Hero 6, Pompon Ours or Baidir.

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Originally from Meridian, Mississippi in the USA, Robert W. Bennett came to Paris, where he now lives, to learn his craft from a master known as the « father of modern mime », Etienne Decroux, creator of the technique « Mime Corporel Dramatique » and teacher of Marcel Marceau and Jean-Louis Barrault.

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Niall Laverty has been teaching gesture drawing to animation students and professionals for over 15 years.

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I'll be giving the small course in Taiqi, bodymind awareness, during the Online summer school in 2D Animation.

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I'm a Character designer and Visual Development artist from Italy based in Paris.

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