Animation & Visual Effects

3 months


TWO study tours that will bring you to the most important animation studios in Ireland as well as a trip to California to meet the leading professionals working in Burbank, L.A. at the world’s most important studios like Pixar and Cartoon Network Studios. Workshops and lessons in the same places where the masterpieces of international animation come to life.

Programme Directors: Gianni Canova, Giorgio Scorza


The goal of this Executive Education course in Animation is to train internationally competitive visual storytellers (especially character designers, 2D and 3D animators, storyboard artists and concept artists). The course boasts an international faculty, as well as a curriculum that takes advantage of the latest software, techniques and technology. Furthermore, it features a tutoring programme and the production of intermediate releases that together will become a demo reel for post-course professional opportunities.


  • International faculty
  • Practical slant with a focus on the profession: this Executive Education course will train highly specialized professionals who can meet the needs of producers and companies working in the entertainment industry
  • Prominent partners from the tech industry that allow students to work with the most important software used by the leading studios in the field
  • Study tours in Europe and the United States to visit major studios and meet the most important industry players
  • Industry projects – working on a brief, developing and pitching
  • Media Theory and Application
  • Storytelling in Animation: from concept to script
  • Animation Context and History
  • Creating a Literary bible
  • Creating Character
  • Character Look Development
  • Model Pack and Style Guides
  • Directing actors for dubbing and acting
  • Character Animation Basics
  • Storyboarding and Previsualization
  • Layout and Videoboards
  • Environment Look Development
  • Animation Character Set-up
  • Digital 3D Effects and Principles
  • Animation Aesthetics and Practice
  • Computer-generated Modeling and Design
  • Drawing in Motion
  • Cartoon Character Animation
  • Realistic Character Animation
  • Motion Graphics Critic Overview
  • Motion Graphics principles and basics
  • Laboratories: Stop-Motion; Pixilation; Mixed techniques; VIP Guest workshops and conferences.
  • Research and script development for the graduation film
  • Graduation film – produced and post-produced in teams
  • Professional Meetings with Italian and International Studios and Companies for job opportunities
  • Study tours in Ireland and California to visit major studios and meet the most important industry players


The entertainment industry is brimming with extraordinary new opportunities, and it is growing: by choosing a programme that provides you with professional training in this field, you will have the chance to put your talent on display for the whole world to see. What’s more, you will benefit from positive long-term economic prospects in a multitude of new job opportunities. The goal of this intensive Executive Education course is to train highly specialized professionals who can meet the needs of film producers, television producers, broadcasters and companies working in the entertainment and game industry, both in Italy and abroad.

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From March 2017 to December 1st, 2017
Start date: 
January 12th, 2018
Finish date: 
April 28th, 2018
3 months weekends

Fees: € 9,700 + VAT

Language: Italian

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Scuola di Comunicazione IULM
via Carlo Bo, 1- 20143 Milano
Tel. +39 02 8914 12311


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