Other Professional Development Courses

The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland hosts a biennial two-week intensive program called Boundary Crossings, open to “working professionals as well as to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in time-based arts and a desire for an immersive studio experience on the cutting edge of animation and fine art. The Institute embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.”

The program is led by animation artist Rose Bond, and hosts interesting visiting tutors from all over the world.


ASF is a 4×2 week professional development program that takes place at four of the top animation schools in Europe. It is meant for European or EU-based creatives (animators, screenwriters, technical directors and producers), if you are based in the US and interested, I suggest you contact them to see if you’re eligible.


AniDox: Lab is a 3xweekend training program focused on developing animated documentary projects. It is run by The Animation Workshop in Viborg, and takes place in Viborg and Copenhagen. Again, it is meant for EU-based creatives, but if you are based outside the EU get in touch with them to see if you’re eligible.


La Poudrière is a well-regarded institution in Valence, France, which also offers a two-year residency (see ‘Animation/Artist Residencies’). It has also started offering short courses on scriptwriting and direction for animation. Information on these fluctuates, so check the website for the latest. Some are sometimes taught in French, and sometimes in English. A few are only eligible for EU-based creatives, but always double check.


Aardman, the famed studio behind Creature Comforts, Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, runs a 3 month Character Animation course in the summer. The deadline to apply is usually in June and the cost is 4,500 GBP plus housing and most meals (includes a two week internship at the end). It is international but you must have a valid visa during your stay. They also run a super short Lecturer Development Program for animation educators that takes place in July and costs 900 GBP.