Character Design Short Course

Want to dive deeper and explore your passion?

If you’re the type of person who thinks outside the box and wants to discover your creative side and unlock the possibilities of a career in one of the many growing areas in the Creative Industries, then challenge yourself to take this next step. This January School Holidays Short Courses are available for High School students going into grades 9 - 12 in 2020 or who have just completed grade 12 in 2019.

Character Design Short Course

Learn how the character creation process works and develop your own character!

2 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th January 2021
Early Bird ticket price: $162 (save 10% - valid until 11:59pm, Monday 21st December 2020)
General Admission ticket price: $180

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Introducing the typical pipelines for conceptual and technical execution of characters in game and animation studios, this intensive studio based workshop will explore the character art process, from concept design through to the creation of 3D models.

DAY 1 has a design centred focus, using traditional tools to explore the fundamentals of character conception and design. Content will include:

  • Developing character concepts
  • Push, turn, and refine character designs
  • Body language, posing and expressions
  • Force and line of action
  • Scene composition for storytelling

Participants will explore character design from reference gathering, thumbnailing and roughs, through to refinement and presentation.

DAY 2 has a digital focus, learning the tools and processes to develop a character concept into a 3D character model for production. Content will include:

  • Character pipelines for games and animation
  • Character modelling and sculpture
  • Character setup for animation
  • Developing materials and textures
  • Finishing and presenting characters

In this practical session participants will develop their Day 1 material further, exploring mesh creation and sculpture for characters.

Short Course requirements and details:

  • All participants must be going into school grades 9 - 12 in 2020 or have just completed grade 12 in 2019.
  • All Short Courses will be held at JMC Academy.
  • Short Courses will run during January 2020.
  • Price of Short Course includes lunch and light snacks for each participant.
  • All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation featuring details of the Short Course they have completed. This Certificate can be included in the participants resume.
  • JMC Academy reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of cancellation, participants will receive a minimum of 24 hours notice and a full refund will be given.
  • Content presented in the courses may slightly vary from the descriptions included above.
  • Photos will be taken during the short course. If you would not like your photo taken please let us know by emailing