Study the animation
in Canada


Starting in September 2019, ESMA will offer its students a training course in the heart of the city of Montreal. In the wake of the giants of animation and video games, ESMA integrates one of the largest cities of image in the world, allowing its students to join also this flourishing market and coveted.

The AEC (Certificate of Collegial Studies *) “3D Animated Cinema and Visual Effects” is intended for all students wishing to enter the 3D animation professions.

Focused on artistic and technical learning, ESMA Montréal 3D training is ideal for learning to master the main 3D software and immerse yourself in the film industry, the world of video games or the advertising world.

Accessible after the baccalaureate, the motivation interview and the presentation of a file of work required for admission by ESMA Montréal are decisive in the selection of students.

The training of ESMA Montreal is offered in the heart of the city, where the major international animation studios have settled. The training recognized by the Quebec government’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education is delivered on 2 or 3 years depending on the chosen formula:
– 6 sessions over 3 years – Autumn and winter sessions
– 6 sessions over 2 years – Autumn, winter and summer sessions, continuous


* Programs leading to an ACS are qualifying technical school programs, consisting only of specific training courses geared towards the labor market.

CG Animation & FX program in Montreal


quadrimesters (sessions)

Monkey Symphony

Promotion 2013

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Catch It

Promotion 2015

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Chateau de Sable (Sand Castle)

Promotion 2015 . coup de coeur

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Amir & Amira

Promotion 2014 . coup de coeur

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ESMA is really one of the two premiers schools, not just in France, but in the world.

Shelley Page
Head of International Outreach, Dreamworks


ESMA is an outstanding school… The animation and VFX produced by the students is impressive on every level. I always look forward to seeing the final projects.

Dylan Sisson
Technical Marketing Specialist, Pixar


When it comes to seeking out the next generation of VFX rock stars – ESMA is always one of our first destinations !

Glenn Matchett
Global Head of Talent Marketing, MPC

International recognition of the professional world

Both in French and in English, the training in Cinema Animation & 3D Special Effects offered by ESMA Montreal is organized in 4 years. Focused on the acquisition of technical skills, the development of artistic practice and the application of practical methods, it aims to provide students with all the education required to be able to enter in the professional market as professionals in the digital image.

The training is available after a Bac (all series) or a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC). After a motivational interview and an in-depth study of their personal projects, students are selected to join the ranks of this study cycle, which requires prior art skills.

For 4 years, students will be trained in 3D animation and digital creation software (Maya, Houdini, Marvelous, Arnold, Renderman, Zbrush …) that will allow them to master each step of an animation project. Whether they wish to intervene in the pre-production phase (storyboard, script, charac design …), production (animation, modeling …) or post-production (rendering, lighting …), the students will have acquired during this training methods of work, technical mastery and artistic talent necessary for their professional integration.

Courses in art history, English and image analysis complete the training.

In connection with the professional world

The curriculum is punctuated by regular interventions from active professionals, with whom ESMA is constantly developing partnerships (Pixar, Sony, MPC …). This support is an opportunity for students to learn from the greats, and to develop their network. The conferences, workshops and masterclasses organized by the school’s teaching staff are just a few examples. This approach is also part of an evolutionary approach on the part of ESMA’s pedagogical directorate, which through these regular contacts with professionals, remains aware of the reality of the sector.

During their last year of study, students are immersed in real working conditions, and collaborate in groups on the creation of animated films. This year, entirely dedicated to this project, is also the opportunity for each student to choose a specialization, which will be the subject of his work on the graduation film. The pooling of skills and the project-based approach are two aspects that students will also practice during this last year of study.

Graduation Jury

After the presentation of these projects in front of a jury of professionals, the school organizes recruitment sessions in order to open always a little more the fields of possibilities to its students, and to allow them to project themselves in their professional career. With an integration rate of 93% only 6 months after the end of the training, ESMA students benefit from optimal integration into the labor market !


& After

After graduating with 3D animation and special effects, ESMA students will be able to join the world's largest animation and video game studios. 3D animation supervisor, special effects supervisor, 3D generalist, 3D project manager ... The professions open to the ESMA are numerous, and the increasing responsibilities over the years of experience !