Bachelor 3D Character animation 3 years programme

This course is designed for High school graduates who want to discover and get specialized knowledge in 3D character animation. It doesn’t require an excellent level of drawing. 

Supervised by professionals working in renowned 3D animation studios, the programme is built around theoritical classes, practical simulation exercises and expert’s conferences aiming at developping professional skills in staging, movement and acting This course is delivered on the Annecy Campus.

Bachelor 3D Character animation


3 years

Pace of study

Full time


Annecy campus

  • Highschool diploma holders  

  •  Interest for infography
  • Open mindedness and creativity
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Strong taste in animation
  • Knowledge in cinema
  • Good English level

3D Character Animator » 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, renewal process is underway.

  • Featured film and vidéo game animator 
  • Crowd and series animator 
  • Previz artist 
  • 3D layoutman 

Continuous assessment and presentation to a jury of professionals of an invidual demo reel together with an internship experience oral report.

Lenght: 3 years Begining of the programme.

Tuition fees

  • €9.800 per year for European citizens (+ €300 if monthly-instalment payment)  
  • €15.000 for non European citizens (+ €300 if monthly-instalment payment)  

Admission process

  • Pre-selection based on graphic file
  • Oral interview

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  • History of Art
  • Anatomy  
  • Live model drawing  
  • Film analysis  
  • Body mechanic
  • Acting
  • Animation of characters: humans, animals and toons
  • Facial expressions and lip synchronization (for dialogues)
  • 3D Layout
  • Introduction to Motion Capture techniques
  • International experts’ conferences on animation
  • Develop your creativity technique in character animation
  • Master various 3D animation techniques: Methodology and practice
  • Get professional skills in the animated film sector
  • Classes are taught in English and French (bilingual teachers) 
  • 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 organised during the Annecy festival in June for last year of the course (more than 50 companies usually attend)
  • School is located in Annecy, in an exceptionally calm and green environment : classes are held in Papeteries Image Factory, sharing premises with more than 50 creative industries and images related companies 

This programme is in partnership with CITIA (la Cité de l’Image en mouvement d’Annecy). CITIA is a Skills and Resource Centre pro- moting culture, economy, training and research in the field of moving images and creative industries based in Annecy. CITIA organizes the International Animation Film Festival and manage the Animation Film Market. It also provides educational programmes. CITIA handles the Papéteries Image Factory, in which creative industries and images related companies are based.

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Timeline of selection process

Registration opening date

November 10th 2023

Registration closing date

  • 1st session: February 22nd 2024
  • 2nd session: April 25th 2024

Interview dates

  • 1st session: From April 2nd to April 4th 2024
  • 2nd session: From May 29th to May 31st 2024

Start of the course

September 2024

End of the course

June 2027

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