CAAF Bachelor -Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking - Programme in English

Type de formation

Durée de la formation
3 years Full Time

Niveau Requis
AUDIENCE• 18 years old minimum• Holder of a general, technological or professional high school degree since a maximum of one year• Graduates of the current year (2020) or the previous year (2019), possibility of derogation on request (see admission procedures)

Coût de la formation

Full time, 8 800 € per year for European citizens ;
13 300 € per year for non European citizens – Scholarships possibilities (through GOBELINS, Odon Vallet and/or CROUS) –

Année de création

Reconnaissance du diplôme


Stage(s) durant la formation

2 mandatory weeks in France or abroad leading to the writing of an internship report.

Projet de fin d’études

Graduation Project :
Production of short films in teams: commissioned films as part of a partnership.

Relying on its expertise and to meet the needs of professionals, Gobelins now offers a new 3-years course aimed at encouraging entry for both young French and English-speaking at undergraduate level. This Bachelor  will also allow direct access to the labor market or the pursuit of studies. The students graduated of this Bachelor may later apply for the Master of Arts in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking.

This new course enables students to master all traditional and digital animation techniques (2D and 3D), from pre-production to post-production, using studios’ professional methods in France and abroad.
Teamwork plays a major role in this pedagogy.


•  Anatomical and Life drawing
•  Perspective drawing
•  History of animation and film analysis
•  Animation drawing: volume construction, sketching, morphology, perspective, image composition, motion analysis
• Character and background design
• Animation: acting analysis, traditional and 2D/3D digital animation
• Direction: cinematographic and dramaturgical language, storyboard, layout, editing
• Colour research and analysis of light and atmosphere
• 3D pipeline Techniques : modeling, layout, rendering
• Collaboration in sound design and discovery of the sound production pipeline
• Special effects and compositing
• Scriptwriting, film editing, character definition and characterization, graphic and sound design research, storyboard writing
• Compliance with specifications, manufacturing methodology, production planning
• Command of the dynamics of movement, scriptwriting (film writing, imaging, sound), digital tools specific to animation (TV Paint, Animate, Première, Photoshop, After Effects, Maya, Storyboarder)
• Command of professional techniques throughout the production pipeline in animation
• Fluent English adapted to the professional environment

An important place is given to the international dimension of the animation industry. During those 3 years, the project teams are often mixed and include students from the French-speaking class.

• Students benefit from tailored follow-up
• Equipements: HD and 3D equipped movie theatre, professional sound studio, multi-layer animation stands.
• Each student has a dedicated workstation. Led animation tables, Cintiqs
• GOBELINS is a member of RECA (the French Animation School Network) and of IPAX (the US network of schools recognised by Sony Pictures)
• High-level faculty members, professionals coming from well-established studios
• International mindset necessary to gain skills required to work on multicultural projects / multicultural contextes (courses and conferences in french and in english)
• Participation in two speed-recruiting events organised specifically for the last year GOBELINS students: one in Paris in March, the other during the Annecy festival in June (more than 50 companies participate)

Bachelor of Arts (European diploma)


Admission process:

Shared competitive exam with the GOBELINS Preparation Year.
Pre-selection based on an online graphic portfolio created specifically for this exam (see details on our website
Selection after a motivation interview in English.

Here are the modalities of the competitive exam (in French – translation in English soon to be published)

Expected qualities:

  • Regular draughtsman showing abilities to express movement, volume and perspective
  • Creative, capable of imagining graphic worlds and stories
  • Wide open-mindedness and good general and artistic culture
  • Aptitude for teamwork and a real motivation for learning animation film techniques, both 2D and 3D.
  • Good level of English.

• 2D or 3D animator
• Background and Character designer
• Storyboard-Assistant
• Assistant Decorator
• Director of commissioned films

Mainly in the animation sector (TV series, feature films) and audiovisual (special effects, advertising, documentaries), sometimes in the video game sector (graphic design, character animation). More precisely, in animation or post-production studios, video game companies or as a self-employed worker, in France and abroad.

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