Overview and Goals

The Rookies has been rankings creative media and entertainment schools since 2009 with a simple goal of helping aspiring artists find trusted schools to help them forge successful careers in games, visual effects, animation, arch viz and other creative fields.

With this simple goal, the Rookies World School Rankingsยฎ has become a trusted and industry respected system for showcasing the very best education facilities available to students today.

What sets us apart from other school and college rankings systems is that our rankings are based on the quality and performance of student work that is completed at school. To collect this data, each year we ask students to submit their best work to the Rookie Awards 2020 to be reviewed by our industry panel. This year we received 3,769 portfolios from students that attended over 500 schools and colleges around the world which is a whole lot of interesting data that is the basis for our annual education ranking system.

The Rookies World School Rankingsยฎ are not like other education based ranking systems. They are driven and judged by industry professionals without the interference of paid advertising dollars that cloud the judgement of other ranking sites.

โ€ข Scott Thompson, founder of Think Tank Training Centre.

Why is this school and college ranking system worth trusting?

Put simply, because we don't accept advertising money. School and college rankings systems can be found all over the web, but don't be fooled. When you dig into them you quickly realise most ranking systems require payment to be included. The more you pay, the higher you rank. Not exactly fair is it?

We also feel traditional school rankings โ€“ that include peer and employer reviews, faculty-to-student ratio, citations and other data โ€“ are not adequate when ranking the best creative schools and colleges. This might work in industries with more traditional career paths, however, when it comes to technical and creative roles, such as Visual Effects, Feature Animation and Games, itโ€™s a little more complicated.

This is why each student is reviewed by members of a Judging Panel which includes 150+ highly influential and respected industry veterans. To formulate these rankings, we ask the judges to review portfolios from students based on criteria including โ€” creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential.

The Rookies World School Rankingsยฎ are the most important student award and ranking globally as it has a credibility that others just donโ€™t have. It uses industry to assess and judge student work and discounts for any school flooding the awards with entries.

โ€ข Darryn Melrose, former Chief Executive of Media Design School

Now that you understand what we are trying to achieve here, and why we take these school and college rankings so seriously, please follow the links below to see the results and find a school that is worth considering for your own education.


2020 Overall Rankings.
Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment Schools and Colleges in the World

This is the list that all art schools want to be on. No money can help a school or college here as it's purely down to how well they prepared their students for a career in creative industries such as: visual effects, animation, games, architectural visualisation, immersive media, motion design and more.

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2020 Industry Rankings.
Top Schools and Colleges in the World based on Key Industry Segmentation

The following global school and college rankings are based on the quality of students graduating from training facilities around the world. The results are broken down into categories based on the industries rather than specific discipline based skills. This allows for a much wider and more accurate ranking system and aligns this with the industries where students are looking for employment opportunities.

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