VIA Animation Workshop


The Animation Workshop is an animation school housed in the former military barracks in Viborg, Denmark. It forms a part of VIA University College. Since the late 1980s, VIA Animation Workshop has educated and trained animators for the Danish as well as the international animation, computer game and visual effects industry. Teachers as well as students come from both Denmark and the rest of the world, as a result of which all classes are conducted in English. The Animation Workshop attracts teachers from all over the world, including professional animation artists from well known studios such as Pixar and Dreamworks.

Since 2007, VIA Animation Workshop has been organized as Centre for Animation, providing knowledge and competency development for the Danish animation industry through activities and development project in the 7 departments:
- Bachelor of Arts Department,
- Professional Training,
- Open Workshop,
- The Drawing Academy,
- Centre for Education and Animation,
- The Incubation House
- and Animation Hub.

The Animation Workshop offers a variety of degrees and courses – from intensive classical drawing courses to high quality professional bachelor educations along with professional training courses and master classes of the best quality.

Degree Courses
The Animation Workshop offers three Bachelor of Arts programs: Character Animation, Computer Graphic Arts and Graphic Storytelling. Character Animation and Computer Graphic Arts last 3½ years and Graphic Storytelling lasts four. All programs are taught in English. All teachers are professionals from the animation and gaming industry. The teaching is very practical and offers many opportunities to experience typical industry situations firsthand.

Professional Courses
The Animation Workshop’s professional Training department offers shorter (15 weeks) courses in 3D animation, 3D art, compositing and other subjects, primarily for professionals who want to be updated or re-educated in the area of 3D. Besides the 15 week courses, the professional Training department arranges Master Classes and workshops in animation related areas.

Classical Drawing Courses
The Drawing Academy offers different courses on a high level in classical drawing. The students will be taught in the basic principles of classical drawing, based on the drawing style of the ancient Renaissance masters. The courses are for anyone who wishes to improve his or her drawing skills. There are no prerequisites for applying to The Drawing Academy’s courses, since the teaching will be adjusted for the drawing level of the individual student.

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