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

Students with an undergraduate degree in the field of 3D Computer Imagery, or professionals with at least a two-year experience in this field.

  • Undergraduate degree in the fields of 3D animation (modeling, animation, rendering) or 2D animation with a 3D experience, or a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in these fields.
  • No age limit

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


  • An open mind and solid general and artistic knowledge
  • Ability to work in teams

Tuition fees

Individual funding for European citizen: 8 500 € / CIF or non-European citizen and company sponsorship: 12 600 €

Training validation

CCIR (Paris region Chamber of Commerce) Certificate


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Full time/Continuing education

Drawing on its experience and worldwide reputation in the field of character animation, GOBELINS conceived a specialized professional training in 3D character animation wich profils are high demanded. This programme has been built with the help of instructors coming from the best 3D animation studios and includes hands-on exercises to master direction, movements and acting skills.
This programme also includes conferences from international animation and video games experts, the production of a demo reel, a professional internship and an end-of-training report.
This programme has a strong international focus with participants coming from all over the world.

Course contents

  • Acting
  • Movement: gravity and weight
  • 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



1st Session

  • Opening of applications: 1st January 2017
  • Closing of applications: 8th March 2017

2nd Session

  • Opening of applications: Monday March 27th 2017
  • Closing of applications: Wednesday May 10th  2017
  • Technical test: Monday May 22nd 2017
  • Admission interviews: May 23rd and 24th 2017

Tests date

  • Technical test : 20th March 2017
  • Admission interviews: 21st, 22nd,23rd and 24th & March 2017


Procedure :

  • Selection based on application files
  • Technical test
  • Interview
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