Join one of the world’s top CG animation schools

With an undergraduate qualification or equivalent experience in the digital arts, are you looking for a state-accredited, masters-level animation course?

Go beyond technical skills and master the entire process of making an animated film!

World-class CG and VFX advanced training at MoPA opens up doors to industry careers and international festival success.

Qualified and ready to join animation studios as soon as you graduate, the comprehensive training provided at MoPA opens up a world of international opportunities. This is your chance to fulfill your most ambitious career goals.


 About MoPA

For 17 years, our school has combined creativity, commitment and technological expertise.

With a world-renowned reputation for excellence, MoPA provides top-level training to prepare you for careers in CG image and animation.

The numerous prizes obtained in festivals around the world attest to the artistic, cinematographic and technical talent of our students. A MOPA qualification is your passport to employment in leading 3D/CG studios such as The Mill, Aardman, Blur, Dreamworks, Mikros, Illumination MacGuff, DoubleNegative and many more…


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 and visual storytelling. Rigging, facial animation, lip synch, 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.

 The Films

 Graduation Films

The culmination of five years of study, the graduation films are presented to a jury of industry professionals and international studio representatives.


Selected and screened in over 200 international festivals, the student graduation films have been awarded numerous prizes.

Our Graduates

Co-director of the film Home Sweet Home

…I spent five incredible years and gained the tools I needed to tackle the professional world and progress quickly in it…

Stéphane Paccolat

Co-director of the film Animal

…we learn all about animation of course, but most of all we learn about ourselves…

Laura Foglino

Co-director of the film À la française

…above all we discover passion. Passion for telling stories, for a job well done, and for creating images that take on meaning…

Julien Hazebroucq

 Living in Arles


Located in Provence, in the South of France, Arles is a city rich in history and heritage and offers MoPA students a unique setting to their studies.  Experience everything Provence and a world-heritage European city has to offer while you perfect your CG & VFX skills ready for your international career.

 Practical info

How to apply to MoPA ?

Candidates selected by interview and portfolio/showreel
1. Candidates send a portfolio, CV and letter of intent: online registration accepted until 31 January 2018
Result of application 23rd February 2018
2.  Candidates pass technical tests and an interview
Results of interview and tests the 30th March 2018

Course fees

MoPA is a privately funded school. Students of French nationality may apply for CROUS financial aid.
UE citizen: 7 900€ per year
Non UE citizen: 9 500€ per year


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