The Best Creative Media and Entertainment Art Schools for 2019 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 Architectural Visualisation Schools and Colleges 2019

Rank School Location Score
1 3D College Grenaa, Denmark 103.22
2 Yrgo Gothenburg, Sweden 89.8
3 CICE Madrid, Spain 51.49
4 The One Academy Malaysia, Malaysia 46.26
5 Academy of Art University San Francisco, United States 34.98

Best Animation School ย and Colleges 2019

Rank School Location Score
1 School of Visual Arts New York, United States 73.835
2 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada 72.555
3 PIXL VISN | media arts academy Cologne, Germany 62.935
4 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States 62.71
5 3dsense Media School Singapore 59.795
6 ESMA Multiple Locations 59.43
7 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 57.87
8 ArtFX Montpellier, France 57.13
9 Academy of Art University San Francisco, United States 55.01
10 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada 54.51

Best Visual Effects School ย and Colleges 2019

Rank School Location Score
1 Gnomon California, United States 85.795
2 3dsense Media School Singapore 81.875
3 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada 75.26
4 Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects Montreal/Vancouver, Canada 71.7
5 ESMA Multiple Locations 71.38
6 ArtFX Montpellier, France 65.985
7 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 63.31
8 New3dge Paris, France 63.105
9 The Netherlands Film Academy Amsterdam, Netherlands 62.18
10 PIXL VISN | media arts academy Cologne, Germany 61

Best Concept Art & Illustration School ย and Colleges 2019

Rank School Location Score
1 The One Academy Malaysia, Malaysia 92.985
2 Syn Studio Montrรฉal,Canada 84.94
3 Academy of Art University San Francisco, United States 73.03
4 3dsense Media School Singapore 68.1
5 Howest - Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium 59.07
6 Flinders University / CDW Studios Adelaide, Australia 58.97
7 FutureGames Stockholm, Sweden 55.695
8 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States 55.56
9 ArtFX Montpellier, France 53.435
10 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States 52.56

Best Game Design & Development School ย and Colleges 2019

Rank School Location Score
1 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada 94.325
2 FutureGames Stockholm, Sweden 85.625
3 Ringling College of Art and Design Florida, United States 76.97
4 Breda University of Applied Sciences Breda, Netherlands 71.41
5 Howest - Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium 69.58
6 3dsense Media School Singapore 67.49
7 The Game Assembly Malmo, Sweden 65.12
8 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 61.115
9 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States 61.07
10 The One Academy Malaysia, Malaysia 60.1

Best 3D Motion Graphics School ย and Colleges 2019

Rank School Location Score
1 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States 98.57
2 Ringling College of Art and Design Florida, United States 91.73
3 3dsense Media School Singapore 64.23
4 The One Academy Malaysia, Malaysia 61.82
5 Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive and Digital Media Singapore 48.785
6 School of Visual Arts New York, United States 45.085

Best Game Design & Development Schools - Console & PC - Production Excellence 2019

Rank School Location
1 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, England
2 ArtFX Montpellier, France
3 The Game Assembly Malmo, Sweden
4 Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, United States
5 ISART Digital Paris, France
6 The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark
7 Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium
8 Bellecour Ecole Lyon, France
9 Escape Studios London, England

Best Game Design & Development Schools - Mobile - Production Excellence 2019

Rank School Location
1 UTS Animal Logic Academy Sydney, Australia
2 Sunderby Folkhรถgskola Sunderbyn, Sweden
3 MAGES Institute of Excellence Singapore

Best Game Design & Development Schools - Immersive Media - Production Excellence 2019

Rank School Location
1 UTS Animal Logic Academy Sydney, Australia
2 Escape Studios London, England
3 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, England
4 Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium
5 ISART Digital Paris, France
6 ArtFX Montpellier, France
7 Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, United States

Best Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence - 2D Animation

Rank School Location
1 Gobelins - School L'image Paris, France
2 The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark
3 Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, United States
4 Filmakademie Baden-Wรผrttemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany
5 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, England
6 Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore

Best Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence - 3D Animation

Rank School Location
1 Supinfocom Rubika Arles, France
2 ArtFX Montpellier, France
3 The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark
4 MOPA Arles, France
5 ISART Digital Paris, France
6 School of Visual Arts New York, United States

Best Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence - Visual Effects

Rank School Location
1 ArtFX Montpellier, France
2 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, England
3 New3dge Paris, France
4 Escape Studios London, England
5 The Netherlands Film Academy Amsterdam, Netherlands

How we rank the best Art Schools and Colleges

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, itโ€™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.
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