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 ninth 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.

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 for the afternoon workshops and reinforced by individual coaching.

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


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. 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.


The selection process will continue until June 2017 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 2017. In the event of a cancellation before 1st April 2017, all participant fees will be reimboursed. In the event of a cancellation after 1st April 2017, GOBELINS, l’école de l’image will retain 50% of fees paid. In the event of cancellation after 1st June 2017, GOBELINS reserves the right to retain the full payment.


Package 1 : 2 900 €

Complete package includes :

  • The complete programme of master classes, lectures, and workshops.
  • Accommodations from Sunday July 2nd (evening) to Sunday July 16th (morning).
  • A welcome dinner in a Paris restaurant (date to be confirmed).
  • Travel pass or tickets for the metro and buses within Paris for the period from Monday July 3rd to Sunday July16th.

The minimum age for this package is 18 years old (no age limit).

Package 2 : 2 500 €

Package with no accommodation nor travel pass includes :

  • The complete programme of master classes, lectures, and workshops.
  • A welcome dinner in a Paris restaurant (date to be confirmed).

Package 3 : 1 500 €

Auditors : a third offer may be considered for participants with no character animation experience wishing to attend only the morning lectures / demonstrations. Participants choosing this option will be considered as auditors and will not have access to the afternoon workshops. This package does not include accommodations travel pass but will include the welcome dinner.

Program taught in:
  • English

See 1 more programs offered by GOBELINS - L'école de l'image »

This course is Campus based
Start Date
2 weeks
2,900 EUR
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date