University of Technology, Arts and Design

Postgraduate Expert Program in Character Design

The student will go through the creative process of character design that belong to a narrative, story or a script in digital animation.

Proyecto de Pilar Hernández, alumna de U-tad
Directed by Borja Montoro, this postgraduate course is considered the best in Europe in its category.


Our staff of industry professionals will train you to work in one of the most exciting and highly valued professions in the animation film industry.

You will dive deep into anatomy, volume, interpretation, style, aesthetics, clear communication, speed and productive strategies in drawing, character psychology, narrative, color language, production systems… And all that theoretical investment will have a tangible practical reflection as a portfolio that will clearly show the potential you offer as a professional seeking employment. 

You will leave with a portfolio that will be your ideal letter of recommendation, granting you access to top companies such as Ánima Kitchent, SPA, Mikros, Skydance Animation, Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films and Jellyfish Pictures, among others.

Career opportunities

  • Character designer
  • Visual development artist
  • Storyboard artist
  • Illustrator
  • Comic book artist

Paths to entry

Student entry profile:

  • This program is aimed at people with creative passion, interested in drawing for the entertainment industry or for audiovisual communication.
  • Students or university graduates, especially in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Audiovisual Communication, Illustration and other areas related to the creation of graphic material.
  • 3D modelers, animators, illustrators or advertisers, among others.
  • Professionals in the field of animation who wish to broaden their knowledge.
  • People with a tendency to create, with a natural ability in drawing and an interest in improving their skills and specializing.

Where our alumni work

The students of this master’s program are prepped to contribute to first-class productions and are working in top companies around the world.

Partner companies

Study plan

  • Location: U-tad
  • Hours: Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. CET.
  • ECTS: October-June. 300 hours
  • Language: Spanish 
  • Modality: In campus or online
  • Center Attached to: Camilo José Cela University
Course 1
Fundamentals of drawing
Drawing applied to character design
Interpretation and style
Narrative and Storyboarding
Psychology and personality
Volume Fundamentals
Three-dimensional conception of form
Digital sculpting techniques
Pre-production and production designs
Character and media



Guillermo Ramírez

  • Color and Character Design (Concept and Production Art) teacher
  • Character Art Director at Skydance Animation

Teresa Valero Sánchez

  • the Drawing applied to character design, Psychology and personality teacher
  • Graphic Novel Artist at Editions Dupuis

Students' projects and awards

Your Project: your best letter of recommendation

You will learn by doing. From your first year onwards, you will work on projects, with applying all that you’ve learned and working in teams, practicing skills that will be vital for your future employability. Your projects will prove your worth to employers and act as an ideal letter of recommendation.


Talent awards

U-tad students have received more than 100 awards in national and international competitions in the last three years, which speaks to our students’ ability and the quality of their education. 

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