You will learn about character animation, communication plus technology and economics. Furthermore, the programme indcludes an internship and external projects.
The subject areas introduce you to e.g. 2D and 3D character animation, culture, film history, and you will learn to create characters.
Type: Professional Bachelor's Programme
Duration: 3½ years
European transfer credits: 210 ECTS
About the Programme
In the production of cartoons, puppet films, special effect films and computer-generated films, the techniques of animation are used. In the Animation programme, you learn to create characters with the use of many different techniques. You will learn about both 2D and 3D computer animation, which are the most used animation forms today.
You can choose between two lines: 2D and 3D Character Animation and Computer Grafic Arts (CG-Arts). The first focus on the craft of animation, while the latter takes you from the concept design to the final look of the film.
The programme has three subject areas:
- Character animation and CG-Arts, where you learn the theories and methods to make narrative animated sequences based on movement principles together with acting and film-based dramaturgy.
- Visual Communication, where you learn about the role of communicator and cultural creator in modern society. You will learn about culture and the history of ideas, film history and especially about visual communications history as a documentary and culture-bearing element. In addition, you will learn to communicate your message clearly and precisely according to the target group.
- Technology and economics, where you learn about production economics and structure. Software and hardware studies will be integrated in other subjects.
There is a business-oriented internship and some internal and external production projects in the programme, including collaboration with The Danish Film School.
Read more about Danish teaching methods on www.studyindenmark.dk.
Animation can be studied as a:
- 3 1/2 -year bachelor degree programme (210 ECTS)
You also have the possibility to take single courses or subjects within the programme.
You can study Animation at VIA University College, The Animation Workshop in Viborg.
The general admission requirements for international students include one of the following international certificates: the Danish/French Baccalauréat (DFB), the European Baccalaureate (EB), the International Baccalaureate (IB), the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) or another foreign qualifying examination certificate that can be equated with a Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate.
To apply to the programme, you must send both an application form (deadline for this is March 15th) and a portfolio (deadline is March 15th). The portfolio should contain examples of your drawings in different categories, for example drama/acting, life drawing, perspective and freestyle. The portfolio should also include a brief description of why you would like to be a character animator. See the website of The Animation Workshop for details.
Based on sent material, the school will select 40 applicants to participate in an admissions test, which will take place in May. The test consists of drawing assignments and an interview with the admissions committee. The test can be taken in English.
In addition, documentation may be required verifying your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
Contact the educational institution you wish to apply to for detailed information on entry requirements and required English proficiency levels.
To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate satifies the general entry requirements, see the Danish Agency for International Education.
The application deadline is March 15 for a course start in September. Admission is handled through The Danish Coordinated Application System. You can apply via optagelse.dk.
There is a material fee for all students. Contact the institution for more specific information.
An academic year is made up of two semesters, which begin around September 1 and February 1.
Danish Qualification framework
The programme is graded at level 6 in the Danish Qualification Framework for Lifelong Learning. The Qualification Framework contains levels 1-8 and defines the expected learning outcome of an education programme. Read more about Qualification Framework for Higher Education.
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