The Best Art Schools for 2017 is something we take very seriously and no external influences or payments are entered into at any point. Our rankings focus on the quality of students portfolios that are submitted to our judging panel which best reflect the recruitment interview process.

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. For a complete breakdown of how we rank the best schools for 2018 please read how we rank the best schools and how we analyse the data in the sections located at the bottom of this page.

2017 School of the Year Trophies

Best Animation School 2017

Rank School Location Score
1 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States 95
2
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Ludwigsburg, Germany 90.835
3
Think Tank Training Centre
Vancouver, Canada 72.5
4
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver, Canada 70
5
University of Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 65
6 Bellecour Ecole Lyon, France 56.25
7
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth, United Kingdom 51.25
8 ArtFx Montpellier, France 50
8
Howest University – Digital Arts and Entertainment
Kortrijk, Belgium 50
8
SUPINFOCOM Rubika
Multiple Locations 50

Best Visual Effects School 2017

Rank School Location Score
1 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States 145
2 Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects Montreal/Vancouver, Canada 140
3 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada 85
4 Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany 77.5
5 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada 65
6 PIXL VISN | Media Arts Academy Cologne, Germany 62.1
7 Écoles Aries France 61.65
8 ArtFx Montpellier, France 57.5
9 Institut Artline Paris, France 55
10 Ravensbourne London, United Kingdom 50.5

Best Illustration School 2017

Rank School Location Score
1 Flinders University / CDW Studios Adelaide, Australia 110.84
2
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, United States 85
2
New3dge
Paris, France 85
4
Brainstorm School
California, United States 70
5
ArtFx
Montpellier, France 66.67
6 Ringling College of Art and Design Florida, United States 57.5
7
Nanyang Polytechnic
Yio Chu Kang, Singapore 52.5
7 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 52.5
9
Howest University – Digital Arts and Entertainment
Kortrijk, Belgium 50
9
The One Academy
Malaysia, Malaysia 50

Best Game Design & Development School 2017

Rank School Location Score
1 Howest University – Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium 95
2 Futuregames Stockholm, Sweden 90
3 Ringling College of Art and Design Florida, United States 82.5
4 Champlain College Vermont, United States 80
4 The Game Assembly Malmo, Sweden 80
4 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada 80
7 Teeside University Middlesborough, United Kingdom 75
8 New3dge Paris, France 73.3
9 Breda University of Applied Sciences Breda, Netherlands 70
10 Norwich University of the Arts Norwich, United Kingdom 60

Best 3D Motion Graphics School 2017

Rank School Location Score
1 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States 130
2 School of Visual Arts New York, United States 80
3 Ringling College of Art and Design Florida, United States 50
4 Academy of Art University San Francisco, United States 45
4 Nanyang Polytechnic Yio Chu Kang, Singapore 45
6 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada 40
7 Media Design School Multiple Locations 33.75
8 3dsense Media School 3dsense Media School 30

How we rank the best Art Schools

Our rankings focus on the quality of students portfolios that are submitted to our judging panel which best reflect the recruitment interview process.

The reason we take this approach is because we believe the goal of each creative school is tasked with helping students learn the right creative and technical skills that mirror the requirements of industry. It is their job to train artists to a level that allows them to transition from to a professional environment with ease.

The end result for students is less about grades, it’s about creating a digital portfolio that best showcases their skills and displays an understanding of production pipelines. This is why our judges review portfolios and review student work in the same manner as a professional job application.

The rankings are based on the scores as awarded by the official judging panel. Opinions by the general public are by no means considered.

Students are judged on their creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential.

How we analyse the data

Each school is awarded a final score based on the performance of each student representing their academic facility.

When analysing the average scores of each student per school there are three possible data formulas available to use: mean, median and mode.

The Rookies uses median. The median is the middle point of a number set, in which half the numbers are above the median and half are below. A median is intrinsically understandable. It is the middle number when the values are put in order.

The most important factor here is that a median is not affected by outliers. This means that schools are not penalised for incomplete entries and schools are not favoured for a single high score that is not the norm. Student scores often have outlier values and using the median is the more robust solution to determine an average.

Important details about how a school score is calculated:

  • Schools with < 5 student entries are excluded from ranking.
  • Incomplete student entries are removed from calculations. No penalties.
  • Each student receives a performance score. Max 100 points. (Student Score)
  • Median students score calculated per school. Max 100 points. (Median Student Score)
  • Each category finalist receives 10 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category runner up receives 15 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category winner receives 20 bonus points toward School Score.