Online Spring 2024 Session

April 8th, 2024

April 8th, 2024

*Workshop Full – apply for waitlist*

Willie Real

Character Designer

Length of Workshop: 10 weeks. Once a week.
Day: Thursdays starting January 19th, 2023
Time: 7pm – 10pm pacific time
Tuition: $1,600 (Includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee)
Prerequisite: A link to your portfolio is required with your registration.


Advanced Character Design seeks to build upon the foundation of Intro to Character Design, delving deeper into the feature film design process. This workshops aim is to teach students how to cultivate their character ideas, taking them from initial reference and concept sketches through to final refinement and model packeting. Students will work from a script and also revisit some of the design concepts from Intro to Character Design.

Advanced Character Design is perfect for those who have some experience and are interested in designing for animated films or tv.  

The Goal of Advanced Character Design is to expose the student to important design principles and workflows, while working from a script to simulate a production experience.


  • Research / Mood Board

  • Explorations / Roughs

  • Shape / Silhouette

  • Expression

  • Acting / Pose

  • Costuming

  • Caricature / Abstraction

  • Model Packets


Students should have taken Introduction to Character Design at The Animation Collaborative or an equivalent course. At least one term of figure drawing or gesture drawing is recommended. Students must have a strong foundation in the basics of drawing the human form. Portfolio reviews are required for application. Please include a link to your current portfolio with your registration.

*Advanced Character Design is limited to 8 students to allow for maximum individualized focus. We encourage a comfortable, collaborative environment so that students can learn from their own assignments, the critiques of others’, instructor demos, lectures, and guest speakers.