Game design: 3D Character animation

Summer School - Online/Hybrid
August 16 - August 27, 2021

The course will be held online but 3 participation options are available for certain individuals:

Option 1 - online.

Option 2 - hybrid. Due to massive and continuous vaccination in Russia and resuming international air and railway service with 53 countries we offer a hybrid online/on-campus summer school option to students holding citizenship of:

Abkhazia, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Northern Macedonia, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam. *

You can join the online course for 270 euro (+4000 Rub for reg. fee) but come to St. Petersburg to take touristic advantages for the duration of the program and attend online classes at your dormitory/hostel.

If you choose Option 2, just apply for the online course here and inform us on your choice via email to get further instructions.

Option 3 – tailor-made. We may also arrange a tailor-made on-campus program for a group of minimum 10 students holding nationality of the countries Russia resumed international air and railway service with.

Would you like to gain more knowledge and practical skills in 3D Character Animation? Welcome to our course!

Game Design: 3D Character Animation
Game Design: 3D Character Animation 
Game Design: 3D Character Animation
  • WHAT?

    Summer course “3D character animation” gives students ability creating interesting character in 3D! It may be a man, a robot, a monster or a dog, whatever you want. This course aims at bridging the gap between ideas and their digital representation by introducing students to the basics of three-dimensional modeling, rigging, skinning and making animation. It gives a unique opportunity to learn about character animation process and practice different approaches to develop an idea into a 3D character. Besides in the end you will see, how your character walks, runs and make some moving in game location.


    We invite a diverse auditorium of creative people: product or industrial designers, computer graphics artists, fine arts or business-focused students with good knowing of 3D modeling. The module will be of interest for both experienced designers and beginners who'd like to expand their knowledge and understanding of the subject area. Both Russian and international students can take part in the Summer School, all teaching will be conducted in English.

  • WHY?

    The module consists of 2 weeks of intensive teaching: cross-disciplinary curricula offers courses which represent different stages of design process from hand drawing to computer modeling and animation opportunities. Extensive practical work is aimed at gaining insight into contemporary product design process and is led by qualified professors. The facilities for the courses include well-equipped laboratories, computer rooms and drawing studios of SPbPU.

Duration: 2 weeks

ECTS credits: 4.0

Participation fee:

Online format: 270 Euro

Hybrid format: 270 Euro + 4000 Rub (non-refundable registration fee for the Letter of Invitation)

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Summer School).

  • Cultural program

    Online format:*

    • - Online Pub Quiz;
    • - Online Interactive Tour to SPbPU Museum;
    • - Online broadcasting of excursion to the Hermitage museum;

    Cultural program in the Hybrid format is discussed with participants individually.

    *All of the listed above activities are planned to take place but in case any of those will have to be cancelled, an alternative event will be offered to participants.


Provided only for the Hybrid or the Tailor-made formats:

  • on campus at the university dormitory
  • off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.

Deadline for registration

Online format: August 15, 2021

Hybrid format:

- for EU- or visa-free countries nationals: July 19, 2021

- for non-EU nationals: June 07, 2021


  • Entrance requirements
    • - Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are carried out in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required;
    • - Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year of University level studies.
  • The examples of final works:

    There are some final works of the students pursuing a bachelor's degree in the field of design at SPbPU. After the end of the course, the students of Summer School may continue making artworks until such result is reached:

    Game Design: 3D Character Animation
    Game Design: 3D Character Animation
    Game Design: 3D Character Animation

Professors and lecturers:

  • Simon Schur, associate professor of the Higher school of Design and Architecture


Summer and Winter Schools Team