3D Character Animator - Programme in English

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

3D Character Animator - Programme in English

1 year full-time (including 2-month internship with a company, in France or abroad)

Target audience

  • An undergraduate degree in the fields of 3D Computer Imagery, or two years of professional experience in these fields
  • No age limit

A good proficiency in the MAYA software is mandatory to pass the selection test.


  • Your skills
  • An open mind and solid general and artistic knowledge
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Good level of English

Tuition fees

Individual funding for European citizen: 8 700 € / CIF or non-European citizen and company sponsorship: 12 800 €

Training validation

CCIR (Paris region Chamber of Commerce) Certificate

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Full time/Continuing education


Building on its experience and its worldwide reputation of excellence in Character Animation, GOBELINS has designed an advanced programme 3D Character Animation.
This course is structured around:

  • Hands-on practical exercises with high level of pedagogical progression to offer students the opportunity to develop their skills to a professional level in directing, movement and acting
  • Conferences by international animation and video game experts
  • Production of an individual demo reel
  • 2-months internship or professional experience accompanied by a written training report
  • A significant emphasis is given to international experiences during the course


Course contents

  • Acting
  • Bodymechanics
  • Animation styles: from realism to cartoon
  • Character Animation: humans, animals and toons
  • Lipsync
  • 3D Layout
  • The different 3D Animation techniques: methodology and practice
  • Conferences by international animation experts
  • Production of an individual demo reel showcasing the student’s animation skills

Expected jobs

With the course 3D Character Animator - Programme in English, you can become:

Animateur de personnage 3D

L’animateur de personnage 3D est l’animateur des acteurs d’un film d’animation, d’une série.

Il est spécialisé dans le mouvement subtil des personnages, la mainère dont-ils bougent, interagissent, éprouvent des émotions, les transmettent, expriment toute la complexité et la richesse du comportement humain au cœur d’une histoire, d’un jeu, d’une scène de narration

L’animateur de personnage rend visuel avec exactitude et raffinement le comportement de l’acteur à travers son jeu ; à la fois le langage physique, mécanique, les émotions véhiculées, les expressions du visage… : l’être par le mouvement.

Il exprime le non verbal du mouvement du personnage… tout ce qui constitue le jeu subtil et raffiné d’un acteur.

Ce type de savoir-faire est très recherché par les studios d’animation.

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1st session :

  • opening of applications : December 2nd 2017
  • applications close : March 12th 2018

2nd session :

  • opening of applications : 23rd April 2018
  • applications close : 18th June 2018

Tests date

1st session :

  • Technical test: Monday: April 10th 2018
  • Admission interviews: April 11th to 13th 2018

2nd session :

  • Technical test: Monday: June 26th 2018
  • Admission interviews: June 27th 2018



  • Selection by written application
  • Written entrance exams 3D Animation test
  • Interview
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