Whether you’re already at school, looking to find a new school or even considering moving overseas to study, nothing beats hearing from the students themselves! We speak to Guillaume, also known as Awaké, about the ins and outs of studying at New3dge.

New3dge is born out of a passion for games and films, but also an understanding of the industry needs. Since our opening in 2010, we have mastered digital art education and taught proven techniques to many of our alumni who are now working in the video game and film industry across the world.

The Specifics

What is the name of your school?

My school is called NEW3DGE.

What is the name of the neighbourhood?

It is called  le 15ème  which means  the fifteenth. One of the twenty  arrondissements of Paris.

Closest train station or public transport option?

The closest subway station is Plaisance.

How long have you been there?

I am in my fifth and final year. I have seen the school at its beginnings. We used to have one floor but we now have three.

Why did you choose to study here?

I would say that I chose to study here because of the skills that the students in their first year were showing in their final projects. I also loved the close knit community (almost like family) within the school.

What course are you studying at New3dge?

For our two last years we are able to choose between Game Art and VFX. I decided to go with the VFX specialisation.

Do you have any favourite teachers you'd like to give a shout out to?

This is a hard question! If I had to make a choice I would like to thank our director Michael Baratian. He is a great artist and his goal was to create the school that he would have loved to study in. Pretty sure that he made it. I can't forget Diana, the mother of NEW3DGE, big thanks to her, she is also the best.

The Scene

The first thing you see when you walk outside your school?

A horde of students having conversations with their groups and teachers about weather and art, all gathered on the sidewalk.

The closest shop to outside your school is:

I will not mention a shop but a park: Parc Georges Brassens. It is at five minute walk from the school. We go there for lunch breaks, or at the end of the day when the sun comes out to see us.

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Your school is great, but you wouldn't mind a bit less:

Fewer people in the line for the microwave! If you want to eat early, get there quick!

The unofficial uniform of your school is:

Hoodies and a coffee in hand.

A mandatory stop for anyone new to your city:

Make sure to visit the "Pont Saint Louis". It's a little bridge where artists usually play songs. See by yourself if you prefer the day or night mood. I almost always choose the night option.

A common myth about your school is:

The big Lans (video game parties where every player is interconnected locally) played between teachers on the last floor of the school.

A massive night out for students at your school is likely to be:

Not the biggest night out, but we usually "cheers some beers" every fortnight on a Friday. It's always a good time.

The Superlatives

You won't find a better place to eat than at:

Here are a few but find me on Instagram for more detail!

One thing you'd never change about your school is:

The soul of the school.

But one thing you wouldn't mind seeing changed is:

The neighbours. Some of them don't like to hear us talking under their windows 30minutes per day even if it's at 1:30pm. But it's fine - we can't have everything we want.

Someone gives you $1M to pimp out your school. You use it to:

Our school is doing great I guess, so I would give it all to charities to save our planet.

If you would like to reach out, you can find Guillaume on Instagram.

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