Transform your passion for CG animation into a winning career

A two-year masters-level advanced training course dispensed in English and French.

With an undergraduate qualification or equivalent experience in the digital arts, are you looking for a state-accredited, masters-level animation course? Follow in the footsteps of MoPA graduates who have mastered both technical skills and storytelling are now working in The Mill, Aardman Studios, DoubleNegative, Mikros and more...winning prizes like SIGGRAPH and shortlisted for the OSCARS.

Qualified and ready to join professional teams as soon as you graduate, a MoPA qualification is the passport to ambitious careers in a world of international studios and opportunities.

MoPA Advanced Study Cycle 2

2 years / 4 semesters

Prerequisite: undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in the field. Skills/knowledge of Maya

Admission: interview, portfolio, technical tests to evaluate skills & techniques in the field of animation

WHAT YOU LEARN: Advanced skills development and professionalization
Advanced Study Cycle: Year 1

New technical skills specific to the choice of each student in animation & image. Short film projects in a team that help you master the technical tools and prepare for the fifth year.

Real-world, hands-on training in:

  • production methodology
  • story development
  • storyboarding
  • rigging
  • character animation
  • facial animation
  • acting
  • quadruped animation
  • texturing
  • surfacing
  • advanced lighting techniques

Perfect your skills in ZBrush, Maya, After Effects, Unity, and Houdini...

Conferences and hands-on workshops in subjects such as directing, character design, concept art, sculpture, environmental design, 3D sculpting

Concept and story development sessions with professional screenwriters who guide students towards their final year projects graduation films.

Advanced Study Cycle: Year 2
  • Pitch your film idea and get your team together.
  • Develop your story, design the characters, decide on the artistic direction, model and rig your characters...use VFX and apply all your artistic and technical skills.
  • Master the entire film production pipeline.

This year you’ll make a CG animated short film that allows you to develop and perfect your chosen specialization. Create your own world and breathe life into your characters.

Be part of a unique experience that gives you real-world studio-ready experience!

A state-accredited advanced diploma

Successful completion of the two-year study course is awarded a French state-accredited, European Level 7, Level 1 advanced 5-year diploma (Diplôme de niveau Bac +5 de "concepteur et réalisateur 3D" by the Commission Nationale de Certification Professionnelle. the French Professional Certification Commission.


Step 1: register online before the 3rd February 2019

Step 2: send your portfolio / 2D / 3D works to us and complete technical tests from February 4 to March 3 2019

Step 3: successful candidats have an interview, with results from March 31 to April 22, 2019

Technical tests may include:

  • storyboard, visual storytelling
  • environmental / props design (concept development with an imposed theme) aiming to evaluate your drawing and narrative skills
  • 3D character modeling, texturing, poses

For overseas applicants, interviews take place by videoconference and your portfolio and technical tests are processed via email and file sharing.


Age limit: none

Languages: English and French


MoPA organizes recruitment sessions every year at the Annecy International Animation Festival, and the end-of-year jury in Arles attracts recruiters from around the world who actively seek out our new graduate talents. Our extensive network of alumni in French and international studios are MoPA ambassadors and can help new graduates transition into their first professional posts. MoPA is a member of the RECA, the French Animation School Network. The MoPA graduate recruitment rate in the animation field is close to 100%.

Just some of our awards:

  • SIGGRAPH 2017 Best student project
  • Hamburg Festival 2017 Animation Award
  • Festival d’Annecy 2017 Prix des écoles et des collèges
  • Panam Anim 2016 Grand Prix
  • Oscars 2014 shortlist
  • Oscars 2018 nominated
  • SIGGRAPH best in show
Program taught in:
Last updated January 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2 years
7,900 EUR
annual tuition fee for EU citizens; 9500€ annual tuition fee for non-EU citizens
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Sep 2020

Application deadline
Request Info
Register online before the 3rd February 2019. Technical tests February 4 to March 3 2019, with final results from March 31 to April 22 2019
End Date
July 31, 2021

17 years of CG excellence at MoPA