BREAKING — The Rookies today announced the winners for the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019 - the worlds most respected rankings for educational facilities that prepare artists for careers in creative media and entertainment industries.
Put together with the help of 120 influential industry experts from around the world, the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019 are broken down into six categories: Best Architectural Visualisation Schools, Best 3D Motion Graphics Schools, Best Concept Art & Illustration Schools, Best Game Design Schools, Best Animation Schools and Best Visual Effects Schools. An exciting new Production Excellence award has been added this year for Game Design & Development Schools and Visual Effects & Animation Schools.
The Rookies World School Rankings® 2019 is based on the quality and performance of student work submitted to the Rookie Awards 2019. The awards received 3,458 entries from digital media and entertainment artists in 89 countries. Over 500 academic facilities encouraged their students to submit work and compete for the hotly contested School of the Year titles which have been announced today as part of the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019.
“We feel that traditional school rankings that include peer and employer reviews, faculty-to-student ratio, citations and other data are not adequate when ranking the best creative schools,” co-founder of The Rookies, Andrew McDonald, explains. “This might work in an industry that follows a more-traditional career path, however, when it comes to technical and creative roles like visual effects, animation, games and design, it’s a lot more complicated,” he adds.
At a time when studios report a lack of skilled students applying for entry-level roles, Alwyn Hunt, co-founder of The Rookies, reveals,
“We have students from all over the world ask The Rookies about the best schools. It’s crucial for reports like these that provide an independent and unbiased review of where the best students are consistently graduating from”.
The student winners were selected by the official Judging Panel which included over 120 highly influential and respected industry veterans. The Judges were asked to score entries based on criteria including — creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential. These results were used to determine the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019 based on how well each school prepared their students for careers in their respective fields.
Full details about category winners can be found by following the links on the cards below:
Rookie Awards 2019
The Rookie Awards is supported by some of the world’s smartest companies: Autodesk, Shutterstock, Unity, Epic Games, Substance by Adobe, Foundry, Blackmagic Design, SideFX, Chaos Group, Yellowdog, Pixologic, Wacom. The following production studios are offering a range of fully paid internships and training programs to category winners: Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Polygon Pictures, Axis Animation, Electric Theatre Collective, CVD Studios, RodeoFX, NetherRealm, Monolith, Ninja Theory, BVN, Sarofsky throughout Asian, Canada, Europe, Oceania, and the USA.