State-certified Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Animated Filmmaking


Program Description

State-certified Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Animated Filmmaking


Transform your passion for CG animation into a winning career


A two-year masters-level advanced training course dispensed in English and oriented towards transferring students with three years’ undergraduate study or comparable work experience.

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: send your portfolio / 2D / 3D works to us in February/March 2018

Step 2: technical tests during March, with final result end of March

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 can take place by Skype and your portfolio and technical tests can be processed via email and file sharing.


Age limit: none

Languages: English (International stream) Français (pour les francophones)


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
  • SIGGRAPH best in show

BREAKING NEWS: Advanced Diploma Graduation Class 2016 film GARDEN PARTY NOMINATED FOR THE OSCARS!

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

Last updated February 20, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
2 years
Full time
7,900 EUR
Mar. 31, 2018
Preliminary applications by portfolio / resumé before 31 March 2018; technical tests during April, with final result end of April
France - Arles, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline Mar. 31, 2018
Preliminary applications by portfolio / resumé before 31 March 2018; technical tests during April, with final result end of April
End date June 30, 2019
Sept. 2018
France - Arles, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Application deadline Mar. 31, 2018
Preliminary applications by portfolio / resumé before 31 March 2018; technical tests during April, with final result end of April
End date June 30, 2019
annual tuition fee for EU citizens; 9500€ annual tuition fee for non-EU citizens

17 years of CG excellence at MoPA