Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking - Master of Arts

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking - Master of Arts

2 years, Full-time, In English

Target audience

Students (no age limit) :

  • Bachelor or equivalent in animation and/or professional experience in the field
  • Excellent command of the drawing techniques related to the field of animation (dynamic and expressive sketching, perspective, graphic originality)
  • Skills in 2D Animation and 3D animation
  • Skills in at least 2 of the following fields: background design, color, storyboarding, character design
  • Knowledge of traditional animation tools and software such as Photoshop, Premiere, Flash, TV Paint
  • Knowledge of composing with After Effects and of animation with Maya


  • Open minded and with solid general and artistic knowledge.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Advanced level of English.

Tuition fees

8 500 € per year for EU citizens
13 100 € per year for non EU citizens

Training validation

Master of Arts and RNCP level 1 (French state validation)

GOBELINS campus Paris - St Marcel

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Full-time course :  2-Years Programme In English.

You wish to join the third year of the main Animation programme of GOBELINS : you can either choose the French Track CONCEPTEUR REALISATEUR DE FILM D’ANIMATION or the English Track CHARACTER ANIMATION AND ANIMATED FILMMAKING.This English-language two-year cycle enables students to be fully integrated into the GOBELINS curriculum and reach a professional level notably in character design, character animation, directing and storytelling. After rigorous exercises in writing, design, storyboard and complex animation (mixed techniques, interacting characters), students will participate in an open-themed end of studies film in conditions that simulate a professional environment. Over 15 different nationalities have joined the course each year. They will work in project teams and gain an unrivaled level of versatility, which is recognized by professionals both in France and abroad.


Applications are open ! 


Learn more about GOBELINS and this programme


Course contents

  • Character animation is at the heart of the programme.
  • Advanced courses in character animation 2D and 3D.
  • Scripting and direction methodology, dividing the film into sequences, character definition and characterization, graphic design, storyboarding.
  • Filmmaking: 2D and/or 3D layout, character and background modeling, setup, skinning, rigging, acting, character and special effects animation, rendering, compositing.
  • Introduction to production context and framework.
  • Complying with specifitions, choice of production pipeline according to technical and artistic choices, assessing and monitoring production planning.
  • Teaching is centered on teamwork. During the master, teams will be encourage to a mix with students from the Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking programs in French
  • Immersive experience in the industry (internship report)

PROJECT : Production, in multicultural groups, of an end-of studies short film. GOBELINS, l'école de l'image, reserves the right to make the necessary changes to the programme if needs be. This programme description is not legally binding.



  • Three rolling sessions
  • Within limit of available places
  • 1st session :

opening of applications : 1st November 2019
applications close : 5th January 2020
admission interviews* : 3 & 4th February 2020

  • 2nd session :

opening of applications : 6th January 2020
applications close : 1st of March 2020
admission interviews* : 30, 31st March and 1st of April 2020

  • 3rd session :

opening of applications : 2nd March 2020
applications close : 5th April 2020
admission interviews* : 4th to 6th of May 2020

For more information about the admission process, please read our   Terms of enrolment (soon online)

*All interviews are online


  • Motivation personal video, demo reel
  • Interview in English by video conference
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