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3iS entrance exams to go ahead.

– Applicants for programs not covered by Parcoursup will take their entrance exams online (general knowledge tests and the writing test for the Directing & Scriptwriting Masters). Admissions interviews will be held by videoconference. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.

– Applicants via Parcoursup go through a simplified admissions process: once their application form is approved, they’ll be interviewed either online or by phone. This applies to the following courses: BA-level Diplomas in Cinema & Audiovisual, Film & TV, or Sound, and the 2-year BTS in Audiovisual (Engineering & Equipment Option).

APPLYING FOR ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS

Do you want to apply to one of the 3iS programs and take the entrance exam? This is what you have to do.

To apply for a place on one of our programs, all you need to do is:

1. Fill in and submit the application form

2. Complete your admissions exam at the agreed time

3. Pass your admissions tests. You’ll receive your results within 7 days of the exam session.

4. Send us your enrolment papers. If you are admitted, please complete your registration by sending the required paperwork to the campus you applied at, within 10 days of receiving your acceptance letter.

Please note: An application fee of €60 is payable by European Union students for all courses except Performing Arts Technician, Filmmaking Operations Technician, and the BTS in Audiovisual (Engineering & Equipment Option), which are free of charge.

3iS Paris runs three Bachelor of Arts programs—Cinema & Audiovisual, Sound, and Film & TV (taught entirely in English)—leading to the French state-approved DESTIS (Diplôme d’Enseignement Supérieur en Techniques de l’Image et du son).

Applications for these three programs should be submitted via Parcoursup, and so should applications for the BTS in Audiovisual (Engineering & Equipment Option).

Applying for one of these courses involves completing these four stages:

1.  CHOOSE THE DATE OF YOUR ADMISSIONS TEST & INTERVIEW

You can already go online and register on the 3iS website to reserve your admissions interview on your chosen date. These sessions are scheduled for April, as set out in the Parcoursup 2021 calendar.

2. CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONS ON PARCOURSUP

From January 20 to March 11, 2021, register on the Parcoursup platform and select the 3iS programs you want to apply to.

3. COMPLETE THE 3iS ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE

This is the admissions process for being accepted on the Bachelor of Arts courses in Filmmaking & Audiovisual, Sound, or Filmmaking & TV (taught in English):

  • Your application is examined
  • General knowledge test (45 mins)
  • Interview (30 mins) in French for the Filmmaking & Audiovisual and Sound BAs, and in English for the Filmmaking & TV BA

The admissions process for the BTS in Audiovisual (Engineering & Equipment Option) is as follows:

  • Your application is examined
  • Scientific test (1 hour)
  • Interview (30 mins)

4.  RESULTS ARE PUBLISHED IN MAY

From May 27 you will be able to see your results on the Parcoursup platform. Results are formulated as follows:

Bachelor of Arts

BTS in AUDIOVISUAL (Engineering & Equipment Option)

Yes

Admitted into First Year

Admitted into initial training or work-linked training, subject to finding a company that will give you a placement within the framework of an apprenticeship contract

Yes if

Admitted into the Filmmaking, Audiovisual & Sound Foundation Year

No

Not admitted

Not admitted

If you are admitted, you must confirm acceptance of your place on Parcoursup. The 3iS Admissions department will then send you the registration documents to complete your enrolment.

Whether you want to join one of 3iS’ French or English-language international programs, you can register now to undergo the entrance exam.

3iS offers a remote entrance exam procedure.

The application fee for all programs is €60 for students from the European Union, with the exception of exams for the Stage Technician, Cinema Operations Technician, and BTS in Audiovisual (Engineering & Equipment Option) programs, which are free of charge.

For students from outside the European Union, the application fee is €300 (non-refundable, even in the event of visa refusal). This charge includes the examination fees and administrative support.

Here are 5 tips to help you write the personal statement to support your application.

1. Take the time to think about and structure what you want to say before you start writing your statement. Write a first draft and then hone your text. It should flow well and your arguments should be clearly structured.

2. Remember it’s a personal statement. Find out about 3iS beforehand, go to an Open Day, read up on the school’s identity, its atmosphere, its facilities, and also learn about the program you want to apply for.

Be authentic. Highlight what makes you different from other candidates (your enthusiasm, extracurricular activities, etc.).

All of these aspects make your application more personalized, boosting your chances of standing out and giving you a major advantage among applicants.

3. Be concise. Although your personal statement mustn’t be too short (we need more to go on than just a couple of paragraphs), make it to the point and avoid sentences that are too long.

4. Reread it and spellcheck. Proper spelling is a sign that you take yourself seriously and are invested in the outcome. A personal statement with spelling mistakes will not reflect well on your application.

5. Presentation matters! Make sure your personal statement is clean and legible. Before you send off your application, it’s a good idea to have someone you know read it over—an external viewpoint is always helpful.

If you’re applying to the Animation, Video Games or Motion Design programs, we ask you to include a portfolio.

Here are 5 tips from 3iS for a successful artistic portfolio:

  1. Showcase your artistic identity. Your portfolio should bear the stamp of your personality and what it is that makes you you. Let your identity shine through in your application.
  2. Explain your artwork. Alongside each piece of work, put a little text that describes your approach, the techniques you used, and your artistic intention.
  3. Showcase different artistic expressions. Your portfolio may contain drawings, certainly, but feel free to add other formats such as videos, photos, and sound recordings.
  4. Remember, less is more. We want to see quality, not quantity. Select your most significant artistic projects, and the ones that are most relevant to the program you’re applying for. Then organize your portfolio so it shows how you’ve developed artistically.
  5. Presentation matters! Your portfolio is a reflection of the quality of your work and of your artistic potential. It’s an indication of how seriously you take yourself and your application—so make sure it shows the best of you.

The leading audiovisual campus in Europe, the 3iS Paris school trains in image and sound professions: cinema, audiovisual, technical and stage management, 2D and 3D animation cinema, video games, multimedia graphic design, etc.

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