For most students, the CG Animation Cinema and Special Effects department is usually accessible after a French Baccalaureate (or an equivalent degree). It is meant for those who want to access the industry of CG animated cinema.
This qualifying training, validated at Master Level by the French RNCP (Répertoire National des Certifcations Professionnelles) is acclaimed by professionals throughout the world. The interview and the personal folio required for application at ESMA are essential in our selection.
Students may eventually be re-directed to a MANAA or foundation course before they are allowed to enroll in the Animation Cinema Department.
Each year is divided into two semesters, and is subject to full-time evaluation. An eight-week internship takes place during the training.
During their last year at school, the students direct an animated short flm that will be screened before an international professional jury. This project gives them the possibility to use the abilities they have acquired in a practical way.
The recognition from the professional world also came with the IPAX label granted to ESMA by one of the giants of the industry : the Sony Imageworks studio…
The IPAX label gathers some 20 schools and universities in the world, including the only two French schools which could meet Sony’s very demanding standards both in academic and artistic excellence.
Network & Partners
The philosophy developed at ESMA goes beyond the mere training of students : the school is constantly willing to develop its network and to act as a gateway to the professional world for its students. These networks may be academic or professional.
The academic network will enable the faculty to develop their abilities, to multiply its certifcations so as to gain acknowledgement and favor the professional integration of the students.
Professional networks will allow the students to meet numerous professionals in their future feld, whether artists, companies or alumni.