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

The visual effects specialist (2D/3D) is an illusionist, and computer software is his favourite tool. On his computer, he receives the raw images (real shots, animated sequences…), to modify them according to the director’s will. At the center of the FX department, the visual effects specialist is entrusted with missions that are often very diverse, whether he works on a film, a video game or a commercial.
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Become Director / The 3D Project Manager

Become

Director / The 3D Project Manager

Dans le cadre d’une production 3D, le réalisateur 3D (également connu sous le nom de chef de projet 3D) est LA personne au cœur du projet. À la fois artiste, technicien et pilote, il suit les diverses étapes du projet, de sa réflexion à sa conception, dont il maîtrise parfaitement les subtilités.
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Become 3D Animation Supervisor

Become

3D Animation Supervisor

At ESMA, the students pursuing the 3D Animation training aim at joining the film industry in positions of responsibility, for example as 3D animation supervisors.
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Become Surfacing Artist

Become
Surfacing Artist

The surfacing artist adds texture and color to 3D characters, environments and accessories in an animated project.
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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 support remains entirely digital.    
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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 3D and 3D real time

Become
Generalist 3D
& 3D real time

The CG industry is plentiful of artists and technical experts. Among them, the 3D generalist and the 3D Real-Time generalist offer the advantage of being able to work in many positions and for very different projects.
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