Clone of 3D Character Animator - Programme in English

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Clone of 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’ professional experience in these fields
  • Proficiency with one of the 3D reference softwares : Maya, 3DSMax, XSI or Blender
  • Be able to take 3D courses in French and English
  • No age limit


  • good general knowledge of 3D computer graphics
  • open-mindedness
  • ability to work in a team
  • strong interest in character animation

Tuition fees

Full time, 9200€ for EU nationals, 13300€ for non-EU nationals (possibility of obtaining CROUS grants) In continuing education, 13300 € (funding under the new provisions of the Professional Future Act: transitional CPF, CPF, Pro A).

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 training is intended for self-taught animators or young people who have started a training course in 3D or computer graphics and who wish to improve their skills in order to be specialized in 3D character animation. Supervised by professionals working in renowned 3D animation studios, the programme is built around practical simulation exercises to develop command of directing, movement and acting. This training is provided 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 courses are held partly in English and partly in French (bilingual teachers).

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

2 months continuously

Expected jobs

With the course Clone of 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:

  • 8th November 2019

Closing of admission process:

  • 1st session: 20th February 2020
  • 2nd session: 9th April 2020

Tests date

Entrance exam:

  • 1st session: 23rd March 2020
  • ​2nd session: 11th May 2020

Admission interview:

  • 1st session: from 24th to 26th March 2020
  • 2nd session: from 12th to 14th May 2020


Admission process:

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




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