3D Character Animator - 1 year programme

This course is designed for self-taught animators or students who have started a training course in 3D or computer graphics and wishing to improve their skills in order to specialize in 3D Character Animation. The programme is built around practical simulation exercises to develop command of directing, movement and acting and is supervised by professionals working in renowned 3D animation studios.

3D Character animation


1 year

Pace of study



Annecy campus

  • Students with 2 years of studies after high school in the fields of 3D computer graphics or a minimum of two years of professional experience in these fields
  • Proficiency in one of the 3D reference softwares : Maya, 3DSMax, XSI or Blender
  • No age limit

  • Good general knowledge of 3D computer graphics
  • Open-mindedness
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Strong interest about Character Animation

"3D Animator” professional certification, NSF 322 level 6 speciality code (nomenclature of Decree no. 2019-14 of January 8, 2019) registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) by decision of the General Director of France Compétences after approval by the Professional Certification Commission on September 29, 2022.
Certification title: 3D Animator
RNCP/RS Code : RNCP36866
Name of certifier: France Compétences
Certification registration date : 29-09-2022

  • 3D Character animation
  • Director of 3D Animation
  • 3D Animation supervisor

In the animation, audiovisual and video game sectors

Tuition fees

  • €10.000 per year for European citizens
  • €15.000 per year for non European citizens
  • In continuing education: 15.000 €

Plan about 200 € to come to Paris during the speed recruiting session organised at the end of March.

Admission process

  • Based on video of personal motivation and demo reel
  • Technical test
  • Interview

Download the admission process


  • 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 course is delivered both in English and French.

  • 100% employment rate 6 months after graduation
  • Demo reel to facilitate integration to the labor market
  • Practical exercices to complement the pedagogical progression
  • GOBELINS is a member of RECA (the French Animation School Network) and of IPAX (the US network of schools recognized by Sony Pictures)
  • High-level faculty members, professionals coming from well-established studios
  • International mindset required to work on multicultural projects and in multicultural contexts (courses and conferences in French and in English)
  • Participation in a speed-recruiting event organized during the Annecy festival in June for last year of the course (more than 50 companies usually attend)

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

2 months continuously

3D Character Animator - 1 year programme

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Timeline of selection process

Registration opening date

10 novembre 2023

Registration closing dates

  • 1st session: February 1st 2024
  • 2nd session: April 18th 2024

Animation test dates

  • 1st session: March 18th 2024
  • 2nd session: May 15th 2024

Interview dates

  • 1st session: March 19th and 20th 2024
  • 2nd session: May 16th and 17th 2024

Start of the course

September 2024

End of the course

June 2025

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