3D Character Animator - Programme in English

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

3D Character Animator - Programme in English

Target audience

  • 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


Tuition fees

European Union citizens: 9.500 €
Non European Union citizens: 13.500 €
In continuing education: 13.500 €

Further information

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

Training validation

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


GOBELINS campus Annecy


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 specialise 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.

This course is delivered on the Annecy Campus.


Course contents



  • 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.




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



2 months continuously

Expected jobs

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

3D Character Animator

The 3D character animator animates the actors of an animated film or series.

He specializes in the subtle movement of characters, the way they move, interact, experience emotions, transmit them, express all the complexity and richness of human behavior at the heart of a story, a game, a narrative scene.

The character animator renders the actor's behaviour through his acting with accuracy and refinement; at the same time the physical and mechanical language, the emotions conveyed, the facial expressions...

It expresses the non-verbal aspect of the character's movement... everything that constitutes the subtle and refined play of an actor.

This type of know-how is highly sought after by animation studios.

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Director of 3D animation

The director leads the team artistically and technically. In the absence of or in collaboration with an artistic director, he defines the style of the work. 

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Opening of admission process: 13th November 2020

Closing of admission process:

  • 1st session: 4th February 2021
  • 2nd session: 18th March 2021
  • 3rd session: 29th April 2021

Tests date

Entrance exam:

  • 1st session: 2nd March 2021
  • ​2nd session: 13th April 2021
  • 3rd session: 26th May 2021

Admission interview:

  • 1st session: 2nd March 2021
  • 2nd session: 13th April 2021
  • 3rd session: 26th May 2021


Admission process:

Motivation Video and demo reel, technical test (animation test on Maya), interview (in French and/or English)




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