Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course expands universal skills and contextual awareness of character animation. The students learn to create convincing character-based performances and believable characters.

Credits: 12

Schedule: 20.09.2021 - 24.09.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kai Lappalainen, Tuula Leinonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course uses a wide range of technical resources from traditional drawn and stop motion animation to the latest digitally generated imagery. The course focuses on practice-based knowledge that can be applied to different technical processes rather than on a software-specific skill. It advances the core understanding of character animation principles while the students investigate different character animation traditions and reflect them on their own work. The students will also attend specific acting for animation and life drawing workshops.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, workshops and masterclasses. There will be critical analysis of character performance and series of short creative exercises.


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 8 h/cp, Independent studies 19 h/cp

    Compulsory attendance contact teaching: 80%




Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course materials will be provided during the course

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:


    (2021, 2022) - No teaching

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    Registration occurs through WebOodi.