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Preparatory Class

Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Toulouse


This year of study is a bridge between the high school diploma, and the CG Animation & FX training offered at ESMA. Intended for those who are certain of their professional project and who wish to set foot more quickly in the entertainment industry, this class gathers the basic learnings of the class of MANAA, completed with courses more specifically related to the animation field.

This preparatory class, offered at ESMA as from September 2018, has been specifically designed to prepare at best those who are willing to join our CG Animation & FX training.

Entertainment Preparatory Class

*Bac, High-School Diploma, or Equivalent


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Je me sens flattée d’être associée aux travaux de cette école merveilleuse depuis tant d’années, et quand j’en parle à mes collègues, je leur dis souvent que l’ESMA est l’une des 2 meilleures écoles, pas juste en France, mais dans le monde.


Shelley Page
‎Head of International Outreach

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Les deux premiers mois sont difficiles, c’est une mise au point. On sent encore les étudiants un peu trop enfant. Nous sommes intransigeants. Nous demandons beaucoup de travail et de rigueur.

Anthony Voisin
Head of CG & FX Department (Nantes)

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La 3D demande des qualités techniques et artistiques, dans différents domaines, cela prépare les étudiants à la réalité du travail dans le milieu de la production des films d’animation 3D et des effets spéciaux.

Gérard Raucoules
Responsable Section Animation 3D & FX

Parole de prof

Pourquoi désormais 4 ans ? Le métier évolue il y a de plus en plus de choses. Cela ne rentrait plus dans l’ancien format sur trois années.

Yann Pannetier
Responsable Section Animation 3D & FX (Toulouse)


The Entertainment Preparatory Class includes the same basic learnings as the class of MANAA (drawing, visual arts, English…).

It aims at strengthening the students’ drawing techniques, and includes an in-depth study of the anatomical drawing, the creation of character design as well as units more specific to the field of 3D animation (digital processing, storyboard, photography and sculpture).

This preparatory year gives the students the opportunity to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge to integrate a training in the animation field.

Our educational team organizes a motivation meeting with each candidate willing to join this class. The study of their academic record is also a part of the selection.

Opening to the CG animation & FX training, the Entertainment Preparatory Class provides the basic skills of drawing, develops the artistic culture of the students, and encourages experimentation.


Objectives & Job Opportunities

With extensive courses in drawing, anatomy, visual arts and digital, as well as specific workshops, the Entertainment Preparatory class is ideal for students wishing to perfect their technical knowledge and improve their artistic culture.

During this year, they will progressively acquire the necessary maturity, increasingly master the drawing’s fine techniques, and will learn to rely on a general & artistic knowledge that will serve as a solid foundation throughout their curriculum.

Under continuous monitoring, the Entertainment Preparatory class offers the students a unique opportunity to explore the world of the entertainment industry.

At the end of the year, a final examination, as well as an oral presentation of all the work elaborated during the year, along with a final project, assess the student’s achievements. After this preparatory year, they will have the option to apply for the CG animation & FX training, or one of the Bachelor’s degrees offered at ESMA, either in Graphic or in Space Design.

In Pratice

The Entertainment Preparatory class allows the students to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge to follow our CG animation training.

Providing basic and fundamental learnings, it is the opportunity to experience the world of applied arts in all its facets.

This class offers a multidisciplinary education. The students progressively become familiar with the artistic and plastic fields. Overall, the preparatory year gives everyone the required tools to skillfully pursue their studies.

This year is divided into two semesters and is subject to continuous assessement. A final exam as well as an oral presentation of all the work elaborated during the year, along with a final project, conclude this year of study.

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Pursue your studies at ESMA

Choosing our Entertainment Preparatory class is a way to give yourself the chance to choose between the trainings our school offers afterwards : the Graphic Design Bachelor’s degree, the Space Design Bachelor’s degree, and the training in CG Animation & FX.