Pictures of the interior of the Animation Collaborative

The School

The Animation Collaborative is brick and mortar school, located in Emeryville, California.  Our state-of-the-art rooms are designed for a studio-like, “dailies” experience.  Students in smaller critique workshops get one-on-one review in a comfortable and professional setting, and students in our larger art workshops have room to spread out their work for reviews and presentations in our larger classrooms.  We provide a welcoming environment in which we foster community among students.  AnimC students are encouraged to collaborate and network in and outside of workshops, and take part in attending special Guest Lectures each term.  Come and see for yourself!  You can email us to schedule a tour during our normal workshop hours.

What Sets US Apart?

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are experienced professional artists who currently work in the animation industry. Our instructors have extensive backgrounds in training, both in studio and school settings. They are not only some of the best artists in the world, they are also some of the best teachers!

All of the assignments and lecture content in our workshops are created to provide students with the same on-the-job challenges that professional artists face on a daily basis.

Our instructors share their experience and insights with you, to help you grow your skillset, make the most progress in your work and prepare you for the working world.

Small Groups

Workshop sizes are small and in-person. While "lecture based" workshops allow for larger groups to enroll, our "critique" based workshops are strictly limited to 8-10 students.

Small class sizes allow our instructors to spend the most amount of time providing feedback on student work and progress.

We find that small workshops encourage stronger connections, and greater collaborations.

All workshops take place in Emeryville, California unless otherwise noted.

Lecture Library

Enrolled students are invited to attend Special Guest Speaker Events at AnimC and have access to our exclusive Lecture Library Archive.

At the end of each term we bring in special Guest Lecturers. Each have different and unique experiences to share.

Past Guest Lecture topics have included Storyboarding, Character Design, Art Direction, Character Set Up and Animation, Production Management, and Directing for short film and Feature film.


At the Animation Collaborative, assignments are not graded. Students receive feedback on their work (critiques) and are expected to turn over the notes, just like artists do in a regular studio environment.

Our instructors will open up your digital files, help you troubleshoot and refine your splines, do drawovers and sketches, act out your shot, and maybe even do an interpretive dance, if it helps to provide clear and visual feedback on your work.

File iterations are saved and draw-overs are made available for you to take home right after your workshop meets.


Our prices are competitive and we think you'll see that there's a clear benefit to enrolling in a small, in-person, professionally taught workshop.

A la carte education! Looking to expand your skillset, improve your demo reel, or perhaps you are not ready to commit to a 2-4 year degree program?

At AnimC, students can enroll in one (or more) workshops, and find out if it's the direction they're really interested in pursuing. We also offer discounts for taking multiple workshops during a given term, and for groups.

Students at AnimC can be (and often are) enrolled in other schools and/or programs, while simultaneously taking our workshops.


The Animation Collaborative is home to up to 100 students each term.

Every term we enjoy seeing students put a pin in the World Map up on our wall, to show where they've come from to study here.

We strive to maintain a comfortable, professional and inspiring environment, in which students can meet, share, ask, learn, and make dramatic growth in their work.

Because networking is an important part of finding work, we encourage our students to take an interest in each other's work and growth, and to build lasting friendships that turn into great working relationships.

Your Voice

Suggest new workshops and instructors. We encourage students to suggest new workshop topics or instructors. At AnimC, you have the opportunity to shape your education. 

If you are looking for a specific workshop, let us know and we will do our best to make the workshop a reality.

We Care

We ask for and implement student input each term, and respond promptly to our student's feedback regarding their workshop experience.

We simply want the best experience for both our students and our instructors, and work hard to maintain the quality of the experience here at AnimC.