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
Becoming CG Studio Manager

Becoming

CG Studio Manager

Often at the head of small or medium-sized companies, 3D studio managers are director, manager and administrator at the same time.
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Become Character Designer

Become
Character Designer

The character designer is, above all, an artist ! He is inspired by a universe and an environment to sketch coherent characters for an animation, a comic book or a video game project. Just as comfortable with a pencil as with a computer, the character designer works in a highly creative environment.
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Become FX Supervisor

Become
Special Effects
Supervisor

Among the high-responsibility positions in the CG industry, the FX supervisor is quite essential. Whether he works on an animated film or on a live-action film, his function is above all to provide a mentoring role.
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Become CG Animator

Become
CG Animator

Working downstream of the designers’ graphic work (character designer, set designer…), the 3D animator brings characters, objects and sets to life.
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Becoming Independent Author-Director

Becoming

Independent Author-Director


In the world of CG animation and special effects, as in live-action cinema, many author-directors work independently. This peculiarity has a strong influence on their activity. A journey far from a comfortable ride along a quiet river.
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Become 3D Artistic Director

Become
3D Artistic Director

On a 3D project (video game, animation film, 3D communication…), the 3D artistic director is the ultimate referent. He works closely with the director / project manager whose intentions he understands and integrates perfectly. Overall, he manages the artistic and creative supervision of a 3D computer graphics project.
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Become CG Modeler

Become
CG Modeler

Between the designer and the CG animator, the CG modeller takes part in the digitisation phase of a project. His purpose is to give volume, and express an object, a character or a set in 3 dimensions. He is called upon to work in multiple areas.
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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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