Careers
in Animation

The animation industry offers a huge range of positions, which depend on the candidates’ sphere of expertise, on their qualifications, and on the level of responsibilities they are willing to assume. At ESMA, the CG Animation & FX curriculum is a broad-based training program ; therefore, the great strength of our graduates is their level of excellence in all the areas it covers. Nevertheless, the end-of-studies short films they work on in their last year offer them the occasion to specialize in one specific field.

professional quote

The qualities of ESMA are the qualities of a very high level school. That a short film from ESMA is selected for the Oscars is well deserved!

Kristof Serrand,
Directeur Artistique, Dreamworks

Kristof Serrand
Become Texturing Artist

Become
Texturing Artist

The main task of the texturing artist is therefore to create photorealistic textures to be mapped on 3D objects.
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Become Visual Effects Specialist 2D/3D

Become

Visual Effects Specialist 2D/3D

In the world of computer-generated imagery, the FX artist mainly operates during the post-production stage. His goal : to put his skills at the service of image processing.
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Becoming Director / The CG Project Manager

Becoming

Director / The CG Project Manager

In the context of a CG production, the CG director (also known as the CG project manager) is THE person at the heart of the project. Artist, technician and pilot at the same time, he follows the various stages of the project, from its reflection to its conception, and perfectly masters its subtleties.
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Become CG Animation Supervisor

Become

CG Animation Supervisor

As his title suggests, the CG animation supervisor is the keystone of the animation team: in direct relation with the director, he has a very clear idea of his expectations, which he transmits to his team of animators, in pre-production. He also ensures the liaison with the other studios that will eventually work on the same project, in order to guarantee the coherence of the animation.
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Become Surfacing Artist

Become
Surfacing Artist

The surfacing artist adds texture and colour to characters, environments and CG accessories in an animated function, in order to enhance their visual appeal based on the design style defined by the artistic director, the production designer and the film director.
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Become Rigger

Become
Rigger

The rigger provides characters with the digital framework that will allow them to move in a realistic and coherent way.
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Become Rendering Artist

Become
Rendering Artist

The Rendering Artist colours, paints, sculpts and shapes like any other artist, although its medium remains exclusively digital. He makes artistic choices.
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Become Previs Artist

Become
Previs Artist

The Previs Artist allows a director, or a FX supervisor through digital technology to experiment with different options for staging and artistic direction.
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Become compositor

Become
Compositor

The compositor is both an artist and a technician. His work consists in assembling, mixing several sources of images or special effects.
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Become Illustrator 3D

Become
Illustrator 3D

The 3D illustrator is a specialist in the creation and modification of digital images or computer graphics.
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Become Lighting Artist

Become
Lighting Artist

In digital animation, lighting is an important element which participates to the realism of a scene. 
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Become Generalist CG and CG real time

Become
Generalist CG
& CG real time

The CG industry is plentiful of artists and technical experts. Among them, the CG generalist and the CG Real-Time generalist offer the advantage of being able to work in different positions on various and for very different types of projects.
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