CAAF Master - Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking

Type de formation
Master of Arts

Durée de la formation
2-Years Full-time Course : Programme In English

Niveau Requis
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 and 3D 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 3D animation with Maya.

Coût de la formation

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

Année de création

Reconnaissance du diplôme

Master’s Degree – post graduate

Stage(s) durant la formation

One mandatory internship (or paid work experience within a company / no remote freelance job will validate ECTS)  of minimum 2 weeks over the 2 years.


Projet de fin d’études

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.)

From September 2023, the Master will evolve to a new format :

On top of the graduation film, students will be individually asked to write a reflexive work on a project entailing an experimental dimension.


This English-language two-year cycle enables students to be fully integrated into the GOBELINS curriculum and to 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 unrivalled level of versatility, which is recognised by professionals both in France and abroad.

Here is a video presentation (see our 3DCA – 3D Character Animation programme for further details on this specific one year course mentioned at the end of this recording) :

Subjects taught :

  • 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 characterisation, graphic design, storyboarding.
  • Filmmaking: 2D and/or 3D layout, character and background modeling, setup, skinning and rigging (basics), acting, character and special effects animation, rendering, compositing.
  • Introduction to production context and framework.
  • Complying with specifications, choice of production pipeline according to technical and artistic choices, assessing and monitoring production planning.
  • Teaching is centred on teamwork. During the master, teams will be encouraged to mix with students from the Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking programs in French.
  • Immersive experience in the industry (internship report).

Skills’ objectives :

  • Strengthen technical and artistic skills in 2D and 3D animation (in particular character animation)
  • Command of storytelling, writing, storyboarding, of all the steps of animated films’ production be it 2D or 3D from conception to post-production.

The School Assets :

  • Lessons, conferences in English and hands-on exercises are offered by professionals from the world of animation cinema.
  • Students benefit from tailored follow-up
  • Creation of a making of, demo reel, portfolio
  • Equipment: HD and 3D equipped movie theatre, professional sound studio, multi-layer animation stands
  • Each student has a dedicated workstation
  • The school is located in the heart of Paris, close to museums and cultural sites
  • 90% of faculty members are professionals of the sector of relevance
  • Strong importance given to diversity and multicultural experience
  • GOBELINS organizes a speed-recruitment session during Annecy International Animation Festival and in Paris after the graduation jury for all the last year students
  • GOBELINS is a member of RECA, the French Animation School Network, and a member of IPAX network (schools selected by Sony Pictures)

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

1- Through a video of motivations (max 1 mn) and a Showreel (max 1 mn)

2- Interview through a visio call with a jury of minimum 3 persons made of the pedagogical team and of professionals.


  • Open minded and with solid general and artistic knowledge.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Advanced level of English.
  • Film Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Team / Project Manager
  • Concept Artist

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