ESMA CG School is a higher education institution located in Montpellier, Toulouse, Nante, Lyon and Montreal, with more than 25 years of experience.

About School

ESMA is a school of applied arts with more than 25 years of experience, and has seen the birth of many graphic designers, photographers, space designers and CG artists.

Renowned for the quality and richness of its artistic teaching, the school offers two courses related to the professions of CG Animation Cinema, FX and Entertainment: an Entertainment Prep and a CG Animation Cinema and FX Master Degree.

Its objective: to prepare its students for the different artistic professions so that they can fully accomplish their creative desires.

With campuses in Montpellier, Toulouse, Lyon, Nantes and Montreal, our school of applied arts offers courses that are adapted to the professional environment, in order to facilitate the integration and success of its students.

Location: France Students: 501-1000 Staff: 11-50 Founded: 1993 Type: Private Industries: 3D Animation, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Visual Effects

Success Stories

We have more than 4000 alumni worldwide. Many of our students have been able to join prestigious studios. ESMA's Youtube channel has reached more than one million subscribers who enjoy watching our students' films.

Ruben Athouel

Senior Lighter, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Guillaume Arvieu

Associate Art Director, Ubisoft

Romain Lavoine

Lighting Compositing, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Garrick Rawlingson

Character Animator, Animal Logic

Pierrick Barbin

Senior Lighting TD / Compositing, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Mathieu Assemat

Central CG Supervisor, MPC

Employment Rates

100% professional integration rate 9 months after graduation.

Karen SEGHETTO | First Assistant Director, TAT Prod

In my opinion, ESMA remains one of the reference schools for the CG Animation training. The school’s address book allows students to find their happiness in the panel of studios present during the final jury. It is a school that I regularly recommend.

Staff Bios

Here are three staff members from the school that represent the level of professional experience and knowledge of the faculty.

Gérard Raucoules

Studio director, studio owner, animator and modeler, teacher for 17 years, founder of CG Animation & FX Master Degree at ESMA.

Yann Pannetier

Teacher for 12 years at ESMA

Baptiste Lebouc

Look dev, lighting & compositing : DNEG / MPC / Cinesite / Sony Pictures Imagework.

Student Artwork

1st year: work on photorealistic interior decorations individually in autonomy, 2nd year: rendering of an insect in a situation, creation of an animal, creation of a building facade, individually and independently, 3rd year: head / face exercise (redoing one's head in photorealistic CG), animating a character in a set by group of 4 students, in autonomy, 4th year: production of an end-of-study film, in groups of 6 to 7 students, independently.In addition to the courses relating to learning animation, rigging, scripting, fx, chara design, compositing, modelling...


Courses related to drawing / fine art / illustration, art history, image and film analysis, concept art / chara design, storytelling, storyboard, digital image processing (Photoshop), modelling, look dev, lighting/shading, texturing, compositing, animation, rigging, script, fx. Professional English courses.

CG Animation & FX Master Degree. 4 years. €7,080 year . All Year Intake.


  • Spark Animation - “3D Student Film”
  • Siggraph - Jury’s choice
  • International Nature & Environment Film Festival - « Coup de Cœur du jeune public 2019 »Festival Aniwow - Beijing - “Best Directing”
  • Tournus Animation Film Festival - ‘“Youth Prize”
  • Festival Elliott Donnelley Youth Center International Children’s FilmFest - Best of Fest Prize
  • Festival IAFF Golden Kuker - Student film
  • Festival Les Nuits Magiques - Public Prize
  • Palm Springs Festival - 3D Drama: Sci-Fi Fantasy Adventure / 3D Comedy: Family / 3D Sexuality on a Roller Coaster of Love, Romance and Insanity
  • Free Screen Short Film Festival - Special Mention
  • Bourg en Bresse festival - Grand Prix
  • Paris International Animation Film Festival - Youth Award
  • Espalion Film Festival - Public Animation Award
  • Montreal Film Festival - Best Animation Film Category
  • Farm Film Festival - Best Farm Animation
  • Anima Mundi Festival - Best Student Film
  • Vébron International Film Festival - Best Animated film
  • Cartoon Club Rimini Festival - Signor Rossi Award
  • Korterraza festival - Heineken 2nd prize / Korterraza Txiki-El Correo Prize
  • FICA - First Prize
  • La Nuit du Court métrage - Animation Award
  • Les Marius du Courts - Marius d’or
  • Animayo Festival - Best 3D Award
  • Anima Festival - Best short film Award
  • Animocje - Best Childrens Film Award
  • Animex - Student – Character Animation Award
  • MovieScreenPro Film Festival - Best Animation
  • Paris Digital Summit - Genie Awards of best student film – VFX/CGI
  • Annecy Festival - Final Year films
  • Animayo Festival - Best 3D short (comedy)
  • And more awards on our page:

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