Summer school in Visual Storytelling (postponed due to COVID)

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Summer school in Visual Storytelling (postponed due to COVID)

Summer school

Target audience

The program is designed for advanced students and professionals, with already a knowledge or experience in storytelling. Participants should have a strong project, the desire to develop it into a fully realized work, and the need to understand how to bring it to the first step of production. A strong taste for sharing ideas and working with others is recommended.

The program is 100% in English, however, most of the teachers will be fluent in English, French, and Spanish.
Participants will need to have a level of English that will allow them to follow the lectures. In the workshops, however, participants will be working with tutors who will follow their projects in the language they feel most comfortable with (English, French, Spanish).


Applicants must complete the application form (.PDF) and return it to with:

  • One page typed letter outlining your reasons for choosing the Summer School in Visual Storytelling, your current and/or future projects, your experiences in telling stories with visual media and what you expect to get from this course.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A small sample of your work, whether it is a portfolio, a Tumblr link or files

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 as to whether or not they have been admitted by email within 3 weeks after submission.

Package solutions

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

Further information

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

After notification of admissibility, final admission to the Visual Storytelling 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 01 40 79 92 65


July 6th to July 17th 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!




Building on 40 years of experience teaching animated storytelling, GOBELINS is organizing for the second time an International Summer School to enable students and professionals from around the world to better understand the creative process, structure, and presentation of visual storytelling. Following the success of last year’s programme, we have decided to build a Visual Storytelling “Level 2” Summer School this year for people with a more advanced project.

The aim of this level 2 is to help people to further develop their project, whether it is for film, television, animation, video games, VR, comics or children’s books, focusing on the art of blending story and image. Also to learn how to write a professional presentation for its treatment and craft a dynamic, visual presentation to pitch it.


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 designed for anyone interested in improving their storytelling ability, further advance an original project and learning to communicate their story to others through a written and oral presentation -also known as a “ treatment ” and a “pitch.”

Professionals renowned in various fields of storytelling will give lectures and conduct workshops that guide participants through topics including:


● The structure of story

● How to improve your story

● Choosing intuition to break rules into mind blowing visual stories

● Visual research and “world building”

● Understand what a producer will expect to hear from you

● Crafting a treatment to present to professionals

● Crafting a visual presentation

● Improve your public Speaking and your practice of the pitch.


The list of speakers is not final, more professionals will join the team! This page will be updated regularly with their profiles. 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 will have access to a lunch room in Gobelins.

A 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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