National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam) French Graduate School of Video Games and Interactive Media (Cnam-Enjmin)

mission statement

A leading higher education and research institution dedicated to adult continuing education, the National Conservatory of Arts and Craft (Cnam) holds a unique, original position in the French educational landscape. Indeed, Cnam has a special status and should not be considered as a regular University.

With 200 educational centres in France and a presence in many places around the world, the Conservatory is the only institution that offers adults of all ages living in many different places the tools they need to move forward. Nearly 100,000 pupils, employees, students and job-seekers participate in the Cnam’s high-quality educational programmes every year.

Since its foundation in 1794, our institution has closely combined academic knowledge and professional skills, so that you can train for the beginning of your professional career, or accumulate tools in order to advance in your career.

With an understanding of the economic and social needs throughout the areas we serve, Cnam programs are designed and provided to facilitate access to qualifications and employment.

The National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts has a one-of-a-kind, high-level teaching body composed of university professors and industry professionals. Cnam is a space for learning, research and professional development.

The Conservatory opens its door year after year to continue its public service mission: provide every individual with the means to continue their education so that individual success rhymes with collective dedication.

international role

The Cnam-Enjmin school project makes the international influence of our school a priority axis of its development by backing it up with the expansion of relations with digital industries.

The international dimension is a means that we favour to consolidate the pedagogical excellence of our institution, to develop student and teaching staff mobility, to share our expertise towards the interactive digital media industries and to implement new transnational training offers as well as collaborative research programs.

The Cnam-Enjmin maintains a network of excellence with universities, research centers and companies in the digital industry worldwide.

  • The Cologne Game Lab - Technische Hochschule Köln (TH Köln), Cologne, Germany

A framework agreement signed in 2016 links TH Köln (CGL) and the Cnam (Cnam-Enjmin) in the fields of education, research and the dissemination of scientific and technical culture. This agreement has enabled us to set up a codiplomation of our MA in Games and Interactive Media and their MA in Digital Games.

In addition, as part of a European consortium of institutional and industrial partners, CGL and the Cnam-Enjmin participated alongside Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (France), U-tad Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital (Spain) and the Open University of the Netherlands, in the 2020 call for proposals relating to the European Union's Education, Training, Youth and Sport program – Erasmus+ 2014-2020, Strategic Partnerships strand.

  • School of Game - Jilin Animation Institute (JAI), Changchun, China

The Cnam-Enjmin is planning to sign a cooperation agreement with the Jilin Animation Institute in the near future in the framework of the creation in Angoulême of its international master's degree in Video Game Design and Development. This agreement would allow the recruitment of twenty Chinese students within each year group of this entirely taught in English program.

  • U-tad Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital, Madrid, Spain

U-tad and Cnam-Enjmin are partners, alongside Technische Hochschule Köln, the Open University of the Netherlands and Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., in the framework of the 2020 call for proposals for the European Union's program for education, training, youth and sport – Erasmus+ 2014-2020, Strategic Partnerships strand.

This partnership should lead to a rich exchange of students and teachers between these three European Union countries.

  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Guadalajara, Mexico

Within the framework of the call for projects for the French Local Authorities Financing Facility (FICOL) of the French Development Agency (AFD), the Grand Angoulême Urban Community and its Mexican counterpart, the Municipality of Zapopán, have set up a cooperation project entitled "ConFluencia Creativa".

The Cnam-Enjmin has been asked to actively participate in two of the three components of this ambitious program which is in line with the France-Mexico bilateral agenda carried by GrandAngoulême and which focuses since 2018 on a common priority, namely cultural and creative industries.

The first component concerns the creation of a joint "Creative Media" master's degree with two prestigious French schools – the European School of Visual Arts (EESI) and the School of Animated Film Professions (EMCA) – dedicated to the field of visual arts within the Tec de Monterrey School of Architecture, Art and Design scheduled for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.
The second component will enable the municipality of Zapopán to benefit from our expertise through a skills transfer that will be piloted by Eurekatech, the GrandAngoulême technology park, and in conjunction with the Pôle Image Magelis. Joint actions allowing the reciprocal reception of entrepreneurs from the creative ecosystems of Angoulême and Zapopán are also planned.

  • Universidad ORT Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay

In 2019, the Cnam-Enjmin concluded a cooperation agreement with Universidad ORT which enabled it to welcome Uruguayan students for a semester of learning mobility at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Since then, this mobility program has been renewed each year.

  • Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen, Netherlands

We collaborate in the creation of joint pedagogical modules.

  • Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa

We are setting up a mobility program.

national role

The Cnam-Enjmin is one of the best French video game schools (“Le Figaro” and “L'Étudiant” rankings). Our student's projects are frequently rewarded with numerous French and international awards.

The Cnam-Enjmin is a member of the Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo (SNJV) network - the French Video Game Trade Association – and the Campus de l'Image Magelis. Created in 1997, the Pôle Image Magelis is an economic development centre for the image industry in the Charente department whose sectors of activity are comics, animation, video games and filming. Its Campus de l'Image is made up of twelve nationally and internationally renowned schools located in Angoulême.

The Cnam-Enjmin benefits from the support of all local and regional public institutions: the City of Angoulême, the Grand Angoulême Urban Community, the Charente Departmental Council and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region.

The French company Ubisoft – one of the world's largest video game publishers – is a privileged partner of our school.

The Graduate School of Video Games and Interactive Digital Media is endorsed and supported by every important French studio and publisher. Indeed, Cnam-Enjmin develops demonstration prototypes for numerous research projects in the field of Serious Games and its students regularly win awards both in France and abroad.

Cnam-Enjmin participates in numerous gaming events and conferences – Global Game Jam, Game Developers Conference, Electronic Entertainment Expo, Paris Game Week, Game Connection – just to name a few of many others and is a founder of several major gaming special events: Game Cup, Enjmin Game Conference, Art&Games Workshop, Smart Connected Objects Workshop, etc.

https://www.lagamecup.com/
 
The Cnam-Enjmin training offer is designed to:

  • train high-level artists, designers and academic researchers in the fields of video games and interactive media,
  • constitute a place for fundamental and applied research in the scientific and technical fields, using interactive media,
  • offer an opening to audiovisual professionals looking for a new orientation and a new qualification,
  • propose a suitable educational environment to promote pre-production. Indeed, our school has its own incubator program called "All4Games". Our incubator currently hosts three promising start-ups created by our school graduates (https://kalank.fr/, https://pileupteam.github.io/, https://ebim-studio.com/).

main focus

BA & MA in Video Games and Interactive Media

faculties and departments

The French Graduate School of Games and Interactive Media (Enjmin) is one of the renowned institutes and schools of the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam), a Scientific, Cultural and Professional Public Institution – better known as a “Grand établissement”, literally a “Great Institution” – under the supervision of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI).


The National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts has 16 "National Pedagogical Teams" - EPN (Faculties):

  • EPN1 - Building, Energy
  • EPN2 - Superior School of Surveyors and Topographers
  • EPN3 - Electronics, Electrical engineering, Automation, Measurements
  • EPN4 - Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • EPN5 - Computer Science
  • EPN6 - Mathematics and Statistics
  • EPN7 - Industries, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Agri-foodstuff
  • EPN8 - INTECHMER, sea-related professions
  • EPN9 - Economy, Finance, Insurance, Banking
  • EPN 10 - Accounting, Control, Auditing
  • EPN 11 - Territories
  • EPN 12 - Health, Solidarity
  • EPN 13 - Work, Orientation, Training, Social
  • EPN 14 - Law and Real Estate
  • EPN15 - Strategies
  • EPN 16 - Innovation

The French Graduate School of Video Games and Interactive Media (Cnam-Enjmin) is part of EPN 5 - Computer Science.    

Cnam-Enjmin proposes continuing education programs, apprenticeship training, a Bachelor’s degree in Video Game Programming, a Computer Engineering degree in Interactive Systems, a Master’s degree in Games and Interactive Media jointly accredited with the Poitiers University, as well as a post-Master program developed in partnership with Gobelins, the School of Images.

Two Cnam research laboratories are directly involved in the field of Games & Interactive Media, CEDRIC (Centre d'Études et De Recherche en Informatique et Communications) which gathers research activities in computer science, and the Dicen IDF laboratory, a research unit in information and communication sciences attached to three institutions: Cnam, Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University and Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Defense University.
Furthermore, Cnam and Cnam-Enjmin are one of the most active members of Cap Digital, Europe’s largest cluster.

https://www.cnam.eu/site-en/

bachelor level programs

  • BA in Video Game Programming (sandwich course / 3 years)

https://enjmin.cnam.fr/formations/licence-informatique-jeux-video/

master level programs

  • Computer Engineering degree in Interactive Systems (sandwich course / 3 years)
  • MA in Video Games and Interactive Media (jointly accredited with the University of Poitiers. Optional dual degree with the Cologne Game Lab / 2 years)
  • Post-master's degree in Interactive Digital Experiences (in partnership with Gobelins, the School of Images and accredited by the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles” - French association regrouping 223 schools in France, among which business schools as well as engineering, architecture and design schools / 1.5 years)

https://enjmin.cnam.fr/formations/ingenieur-e-informatique-en-systemes-interactifs/

https://enjmin-en.cnam.fr/about-our-program-1036450.kjsp?RH=1542116040066&RF=1542120634157

https://enjmin.cnam.fr/formations/mastere-specialise-jeux-video/

research activity and main areas

Alternative controllers, Immersion (VR, AR, XR), Procedural Content Generation (PCG), Video Games and Learning, Rendering, Artificial Intelligence for Video Games.

doctorate level programs

  • DA in Video Games and Interactive Media (3 years)

subject areas for exchange students

Video Games, Interactive Media

application deadlines

  • Master's degree exchange period application deadline: end of March,
  • The student exchange program runs for one semester.

teaching languages

English and French

semester dates

Early September to late February (6 months)

cost of living per month (studying and living)

An average of €700

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