2017 Best Art Schools in the World

Based on performance of student entries into the Rookie Awards

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.

Best Animation School 2017

RankSchool NameLocationScore
1GnomonLos Angeles, United States95
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Ludwigsburg, Germany90.835
Think Tank Training Centre
Vancouver, Canada72.5
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver, Canada70
University of Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom65
6Bellecour EcoleLyon, France56.25
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth, United Kingdom51.25
8ArtFxMontpellier, France50
Howest University – Digital Arts and Entertainment
Kortrijk, Belgium50
Multiple Locations50

Best Visual Effects School 2017

RankSchool NameLocationScore
1GnomonLos Angeles, United States145
2Lost Boys | School of Visual EffectsMontreal/Vancouver, Canada140
3Think Tank Training CentreVancouver, Canada85
4Filmakademie Baden-WürttembergLudwigsburg, Germany77.5
5Vancouver Film SchoolVancouver, Canada65
6PIXL VISN | Media Arts AcademyCologne, Germany62.1
7Écoles AriesFrance61.65
8ArtFxMontpellier, France57.5
9Institut ArtlineParis, France55
10RavensbourneLondon, United Kingdom50.5

Best Game Design School 2017

RankSchool NameLocationScore
1Flinders University / CDW StudiosAdelaide, Australia110.84
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, United States85
Paris, France85
Brainstorm School
California, United States70
Montpellier, France66.67
6Ringling College of Art and DesignFlorida, United States57.5
Nanyang Polytechnic
Yio Chu Kang, Singapore52.5
7University of HertfordshireHertfordshire, United Kingdom52.5
Howest University – Digital Arts and Entertainment
Kortrijk, Belgium50
The One Academy
Malaysia, Malaysia50

Best Illustration School 2017

RankSchool NameLocationScore
1Howest University – Digital Arts and EntertainmentKortrijk, Belgium95
2FuturegamesStockholm, Sweden90
3Ringling College of Art and DesignFlorida, United States82.5
4Champlain CollegeVermont, United States80
4The Game AssemblyMalmo, Sweden80
4Think Tank Training CentreVancouver, Canada80
7Teeside UniversityMiddlesborough, United Kingdom75
8New3dgeParis, France73.3
9Breda University of Applied SciencesBreda, Netherlands70
10Norwich University of the ArtsNorwich, United Kingdom60

Best 3D Motion Graphics School 2017

RankSchool NameLocationScore
1Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah, United States130
2School of Visual ArtsNew York, United States80
3Ringling College of Art and DesignFlorida, United States50
4Academy of Art UniversitySan Francisco, United States45
4Nanyang PolytechnicYio Chu Kang, Singapore45
6Vancouver Film SchoolVancouver, Canada40
7Media Design SchoolMultiple Locations33.75
83dsense Media School3dsense Media School30

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.
2018 Report

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Rankings Report

The School of the Year Report is of relevance to students and tutors, studios and recruiters. It has been produced to assist and enable prospective students to find a school that is best suited to their desired career path.

The report includes a detailed breakdown of all the data collected from student submissions for 2018. Included inside a further breakdowns and additional ranking for other schools that participated. We hope this report will help ensure schools continue to push their curriculum’s to the edge and to guide students in demonstrating learnt skills that are perfectly matched to the requirements of production.

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