The training in “CG Animation & FX” offered at ESMA aims at training those who intend to work as animators in the fields of CG animation and FX
The CG animation and FX specialists first analyze the characteristics of their project. In a second phase, they produce the animation prototype, model the graphic elements (characters, objects and environment), apply textures and colors, set up lighting, animate the graphic elements and complete the final rendering of the animation. They can also create digital visual effects and compose images.
The CG animation and FX specialists first analyze the characteristics of their project. In a second phase, they produce the animation prototype, model the graphic elements (characters, objects and environment), apply textures and colors, set up lighting, animate the graphic elements and complete the final rendering of the animation. They can also create digital visual effects and finalize the compositing.
The “CG Animation & FX” program makes it possible to juggle two training requirements, which are versatility and specialization. Versatility is ensured by the acquisition of a general culture and basic training in the analysis of artworks and films, artistic drawing, model sculpting, the use of image acquisition tools, the mastering of image processing and animation software, scenography and storyboard creation. Specialization, necessary to enter the labour market successfully, is ensured by the acquisition of specific skills related to CG production, such as design, modeling and animation of graphic elements.
During this training in CG animation and FX, students will learn how to handle and master the main CG software: Maya (modeling, texturing, animation), Houdini (specialized in CG FX), Marvelous (specialized in fabrics), Arnold and Renderman (rendering engines), Yeti (specialized in hair, fur)…
As part of their final year of study, students elaborate an animated short film in groups, presented to a jury of professionals. This project allows them to put into practice the skills acquired during their training. The presentation of this film is also an opportunity for students to meet animation and visual effects professionals, to position themselves and immediately consider a fulfilling and successful career in the animation industry.
At ESMA, over 93% of the graduates have found a position in a company, only 6 months after graduation (100% after one year). The school now counts more than 1000 graduates integrated into the world’s leading studios, since 2002. ESMA’s training in CG Animation and FX, also offered in Montreal, has become a reference not only in France but also abroad.
CG and FX are everywhere in the video game, film, advertising and television industries… ESMA Montreal therefore offers a very complete training of expertise, which requires significant involvement from students; these ingredients will ensure their success once they graduate.
This training in CG animation and visual effects is widely recognized by professionals from all over the world; therefore, our students, once they graduate, will be offered many opportunities, and will have the occasion to develop their professional life whether in Montreal or abroad.
A bridge to the professional world
ESMA has become a reference among the world’s animation schools. The school records a professional integration rate of 90%, only 9 months after graduation and currently counts more than 800 graduates integrated into the world’s largest studios, many of them are in the Montreal area. This success is the result of a pedagogical work of excellence, and a significant involvement from the students.
In order to facilitate the students’ access to the labour market, ESMA Montreal regularly solicits professionals from the industry, in order to provide them with support and advice. Thus, the school organizes conferences animated by leading names in the fields of animation and visual effects, and allows companies to meet face-to-face with students who may join their teams once they graduate…
ADMISSION FOR QUEBECERS
Anyone wishing to join the training offered by ESMA Montreal must meet the requirements prescribed in the College Education Regulations, established by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Research.
According to these regulations, those who have a High School Diploma (HSD) // OR a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) // OR a training program deemed sufficient by ESMA Montreal’s pedagogical team, are eligible for a training asserted by an Attestation of Collegial Studies (ACS). Nevertheless, they also need to meet one of the following conditions:
– Have interrupted their studies for at least two consecutive sessions or one academic year;
– Be covered by an agreement between ESMA Montreal and an employer, or by a government program;
– Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education over a period of one year or more.
ADMISSION FOR FOREIGNERS
In order to access the program, a high school diploma or an equivalent is required.