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 Character Designer

Become
Character Designer

The character designer puts his art at the service of the characters he creates ! For an animation project, a comic book or a video game, he takes inspiration from a specific universe in order to sketch characters in accordance with it.
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Become FX Supervisor

Become
Special Effects
Supervisor

In the animation and special effects industry, the FX supervisor is a position that involves a high level of responsibility, and requires a significant experience.
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Become 3D Animator

Become
3D Animator

First and foremost, the animator or animator 3D intervenes downstream of all the graphic work, specific to the designers (character designer, set designer…). Its purpose : to put in motion the characters, elements of decoration and other objects, to allow them to evolve in the environment to which they are intended.
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Become 3D Studio manager

Become
3D Studio  Manager

CG professionals usely reach the position of 3D studio manager after having proved their worth, as employees or freelancers. In the 3D industry, the job of 3D studio manager is a privileged position, to which many professionals aspire.
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Become 3D Artistic Director

Become
3D Artistic Director

On a 3D project (video game, animation film, 3D communication…), the 3D Art Director is the ultimate reference.
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Become 3D Modeler

Become
3D Modeler

At the crossroads between the designer and the 3D animator, the 3D modeler steps in during the digitization of an object, a character or a set. His goal : to provide volume, and express an item in 3 dimensions.
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Become Author Independent Director

Become
Author Independant
Director

Professionals of image often aspire to the position of independent author-director after having worked in several studios, sometimes in different positions, when they feel the need and the ability to take things in charge. Because one thing is certain : on a commercial, a clip or an animated short film, the author-director assumes the role of leader.
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