Summer school in Animation (postponed due to COVID)

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Summer school in Animation (postponed due to COVID)

Summer school

Target audience

The programme is 100% in English so you must have a level of english which will allow you to follow the lectures and workshops. A previous experience of character animation is normally required, in order for the students and trainees to get the most benefit from it. Such experience is mandatory in order to participate in the workshop activities which comprise more than 50% of the programme.
Consequently, candidates must be able to use at least one of the following software programmes: TV Paint (for 2D animation), Maya (for 3D animation).
Other profiles, coming from art design and production management for example, could also get a better understanding of character animation from the master classes, but would not be able to participate in the workshop.


Applicants must complete the application form (.PDF) and return it to with examples of graphic and especially character animation work.
The selection committee accepts to view the work on websites or to receive it via Filemail or WeTransfer.
There will be no formal evaluation, marks or grades. GOBELINS will not return any submitted material.
Applications may be submitted starting November 1st 2019.
After evaluation of the application, participants will be notified about their admissibility by email within 3 weeks after submission.


Package solutions

package 1 : 3 100 €
package 2 : 2 600€
package 3 : 1 600 €

Further information

The selection process will continue until June 2020 if places remain available.

After notification of admissibility, final admission to the Animation Summer School will be confirmed only after the school receives full payment of the fees. All payments must be completed before May 15th 2020.

In the event of a cancellation before 1st April 2020, all participation fees will be reimbursed. In the event of a cancellation after 1st April 2020, GOBELINS, l’école de l’image will retain 50% of fees paid.  In the event of cancellation after 1st June 2020, GOBELINS reserves the right to retain the full payment.

Further information :
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 92 65



6th to 17th July 2020

GOBELINS campus Paris - St Marcel



Due to the global context, all of our summer schools have been replaced by online courses. Please bear in mind that the information on this page is purely indicative. We really hope to be able to welcome you on site again in 2022.

In the meantime, check the online courses section, we will update it regularly!



Understand what makes for successful Character Animation !

France is today the third largest animation producer in the world and the European leader. French artists and studios create and develop full-length feature films, TV series, commercials, short art-house films, special effects, video games and other emerging forms of audiovisual expression. Graphic and animation styles, narrative modes and characters are quite varied, but all reveal a certain French touch that is recognised and appreciated around the world. Indeed, many young French talents are sought after to work in studios around the world.  Such creativity in animation has been the specialty of GOBELINS, l’école de l’image for 40 years.

Building on the strength of its long experience and its worldwide reputation, GOBELINS is organising for the 15th time an International Summer School to enable students and professionals from around the world to gain a better understanding of what makes for successful character animation. For the 2nd year, GOBELINS ranked №1 Animation School worldwide.



Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



The programme is mainly designed for professionals and advanced students in animation and focuses on three major points :

  • Experience: GOBELINS’ finest applied research in character animation, presented by GOBELINS professors during morning master classes.
  • Professionalism: lectures and interventions from experts from the industry sharing their practical experience all along the programme.
  • Practice: tailor made exercises given to the students by the lecturers in the afternoon workshops and reinforced by individual coaching.

The master classes will be given in English.

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


Practical information

Dates and class schedules

Classes at the international summer school at GOBELINS will be held from Monday July 6th to Friday July 17th 2020 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. (certain classes or activities may begin earlier and finish later).

In order for participants to enjoy their own personal cultural discovery of Paris, with its many museums, exhibitions, art galleries, libraries, cinemas and historic quarters, no activities will be organized for the participants on Sundays (rooms will be open on Saturday 11th for personal work).

Accomodations and meals

During the week of Summer School (but not the weekend of 11th and 12th of July), students who’ve chosen packages 1 and 2 will have access to a lunch room in Gobelins.

welcome dinner will be offered upon arrival (date to be confirmed).

Local transportation

The international summer school is held on the premises of GOBELINS, l’école de l’image located at 73 Boulevard Saint-Marcel in the 13th district of Paris, near the Metro station « Les Gobelins » (line N°7 ).

Each participant for the complete package will receive upon arrival on Sunday July 5th a travel card or tickets for use on the metro and buses serving the Paris city centre for the period of July 6th through July 19th.


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