Character Animation Course

Facial Performance

8-Week Course, live on zoom

Bring your character animations to a higher level

What to expect from this course

During this 8-Week online course, You will learn how to animate characters that your audience will fall in love with. 

If you want to work as a character animator, it is important to show that you can do more than move your characters in space. You have to create a performance that will bring your characters alive and move an audience.

Facial animation is the most important part of your animation. This is the first thing the audience will look at. If your acting is not quite working it will break the illusion that your character is alive.

This course will help you create a great performance animation that will level up your Demo Reel!


Who is this class for

Do you know how to animate but are you struggling with bringing your character to life?

Then this class is perfect for you!

For this class, I recommend that you have at least have:

  • A basic understanding of the animation principles

  • Made at least a couple of body acting animations

  • Knowledge of the program you want to animate your scene with.

For this class, you can choose the software you will use to make your animation. You can choose to make your animation in 2D or 3D

If you don't think you are ready for this class I recommend taking a look at the Animation Course: Learn to Animate

Choose the software you want to work with

2D or 3D, its up to you


Personal guidence

The Best way to improve your skills is with personal feedback, someone who can pinpoint what is working and what isn't. 

During this class, the instructor Nanda van Dijk will guide you to create the best animation you can make. Every week you will get notes and draw overs on your work to improve your animations.

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"Like so many things, it is not what is on the outside, but what is inside that counts."

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Learn from Nanda van Dijk

With over 11 years of experience working in the animation industry, Nanda has done it all. 

She has worked on 6 feature films, 4 games, and many tv commercials. She worked as an animation director, 2D and 3D animator, storyboard artist, modeler, rigger, illustrator, and instructor. She knows all the ins and outs of working in the European animation industry. Click on the button below to read on:

Get to know Nanda

Do you have questions about this course or are you not quite sure if this course is for you?


Book an introduction call with Nanda. This will be a private 15-minute zoom call where you can ask her any questions you have. After this call, you can decide what you want to do. You can book this call without any obligation.


Week 1:

This week we will look at how you can find a good dialog you can use for your animation

Week 2:

You are going to make thumbnails and or video references for your dialog animation.

Week 3:

This week you will create the blocking for your animation. Focusing on the Key Poses of your shot.

Week 4:

Change the Timing and Spacing of your shot to create texture and make your shot entertaining to watch.

Week 5:

This is the splining stage, after setting the timing and spacing you have to make sure that you create arcs from pose to pose

Week 6:

Now comes the fun part, Lipsync animation. This is where you will really use the face to act out your scene.

Week 7:

To wrap everything up you have to polish your shot. Make sure everything is clean and looks amazing!

Week 8:

Congrats, you finished your animation! This week we will look at how to showcase your brand new animation.

Small classes

Classes are limited to 10 people, so sign up now to secure your spot!

Class sizes are kept small to ensure you receive the attention you deserve.

Every class is 1.5 hours to start with but can be extended to make sure that every student gets the attention they need.

The course will need at least 5 applications in order to start.


Peter Klijn

"Nanda gave some excellent feedback on how to improve my characters. The feedback was always clear but never too leading in a certain direction, so I still found space to give my own spin on it."

Ayoub Moulakhnif

"I have been in a class hosted by Nanda, and it has been a fantastic experience. Nanda is a very talented artist with a rich background in different aspects of art, but more importantly, she is approachable and very friendly."

Sadé Collins

"Nanda’s feedback and advice helped me to evolve my character in ways I wasn’t able to on my own and I’m grateful for it"

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