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Since 2011, The Rookies has been supplying reliable performance information about colleges and universities to students, their families, academics, university leaders, governments, and business.
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 2021 to be reviewed by our industry panel. For 2021, we received 4,200 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.
Top 50 Best Creative Media & Entertainment Art Schools or Colleges
|1||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States, France, Online||97.33|
|3||Think Tank Training Centre||Canada, Online||80.07|
|4||SF Film School||Korea||78.34|
|5||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||76.58|
|8||School of Visual Arts||United States||74.13|
|9||Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects||Canada||70.82|
|10||3dsense Media School||Singapore||69.60|
|11||ISART Digital||France, Canada||69.26|
|12||Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment||Belgium||68.78|
|13||Syn Studio||Canada, Online||68.17|
|14||PIXL VISN | media arts academy||Germany||64.25|
|15||Ringling College of Art and Design||United States||64.10|
|16||Gnomon||Online, United States||64.09|
|17||ECV Creative Schools & Community||France||62.94|
|19||The Game Assembly||Sweden||60.29|
|20||Animum Creativity Advanced School||Spain||59.58|
|21||Netherlands Film Academy||Netherlands||57.25|
|22||University of Hertfordshire||United Kingdom, Online||56.74|
|23||Vancouver Film School||Canada||56.33|
|24||FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School||Spain||55.99|
|26||Butic The New School||Online||53.98|
|27||DigiPen Institute of Technology||Singapore, Spain, United States, Online||53.78|
|28||Vertex School Inc||Online||53.21|
|29||Escape Studios||United Kingdom, Online||52.80|
|30||The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College||Denmark||52.66|
|31||Staffordshire University||United Kingdom||51.64|
|34||Bournemouth University||United Kingdom||50.14|
|35||Universal Arts School||Spain||49.61|
|36||Solent University||United Kingdom, Online||49.46|
|38||Academy of Art University||United States, Online||48.72|
|39||University of South Wales||United Kingdom, Online||46.81|
|41||Lightbox Academy||Spain, Online||45.53|
|42||Media Design School||Australia, New Zealand||45.51|
|43||Breda University of Applied Sciences||Netherlands||44.10|
|45||Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Design & Media||Singapore||43.84|
|46||Falmouth University||United Kingdom||40.94|
|47||Norwich University of the Arts||United Kingdom, Online||39.54|
|49||SAE Creative Media Institute||Multiple Locations||38.93|
|50||Flinders University / CDW Studios||Australia, Online||38.27|
Best 2D Animation School or College
|1||School of Visual Arts||United States||82.64|
|2||University of Hertfordshire||United Kingdom, Online||69.26|
|3||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States, France, Online||60.26|
|4||Cleveland Institute of Art||United States||58.06|
|5||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||57.64|
|6||Ringling College of Art and Design||United States||55.43|
|7||Flinders University / CDW Studios||Australia, Online||47.59|
Best 3D Animation School or College
|1||Ringling College of Art and Design||United States||78.06|
|3||Think Tank Training Centre||Canada, Online||66.60|
|4||Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects||Canada||66.57|
|5||Animum Creativity Advanced School||Spain||65.59|
|6||Gnomon||Online, United States||63.93|
|7||3dsense Media School||Singapore||61.85|
|8||School of Visual Arts||United States||61.51|
|9||PIXL VISN | media arts academy||Germany||58.86|
|11||The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College||Denmark||57.42|
|12||ECV Creative Schools & Community||France||57.28|
|13||Vancouver Film School||Canada||56.19|
|14||Academy of Art University||United States, Online||55.63|
|15||Netherlands Film Academy||Netherlands||55.25|
|18||Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment||Belgium||52.47|
|19||Lightbox Academy||Spain, Online||52.01|
|20||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||50.92|
Best Architectural Visualisation School or College
|2||FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School||Spain||67.90|
|4||Animum Creativity Advanced School||Spain||63.78|
|5||University of Kent||Multiple Locations||57.42|
|6||SAE Creative Media Institute||Multiple Locations||57.27|
|7||Butic The New School||Online||54.32|
|9||Savannah College of Art and Design||Multiple Locations||41.82|
|10||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||36.31|
Best Concept Art and Illustration School or College
|2||ISART Digital||France, Canada||87.99|
|3||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||73.34|
|4||Syn Studio||Canada, Online||71.17|
|5||3dsense Media School||Singapore||61.07|
|6||ECV Creative Schools & Community||France||58.35|
|7||Universal Arts School||Spain||56.97|
|10||Flinders University / CDW Studios||Australia, Online||48.14|
|11||Academy of Art University||United States, Online||45.72|
|12||Norwich University of the Arts||United Kingdom, Online||45.23|
|13||Lightbox Academy||Spain, Online||41.06|
|14||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States, France, Online||39.47|
|15||Falmouth University||United Kingdom||38.73|
Best Game Development School or College
|1||Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment||Belgium||85.17|
|2||Think Tank Training Centre||Canada, Online||78.18|
|4||Academy of Art University||United States, Online||60.48|
|5||3dsense Media School||Singapore||59.61|
|6||Gnomon||Online, United States||59.22|
|7||Ringling College of Art and Design||United States||58.70|
|8||Escape Studios||United Kingdom, Online||54.92|
|9||Vertex School Inc||Online||54.64|
|10||Animum Creativity Advanced School||Spain||54.26|
|11||The Game Assembly||Sweden||54.09|
|12||University of Hertfordshire||United Kingdom, Online||54.08|
|13||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States, France, Online||53.90|
|14||Solent University||United Kingdom, Online||51.54|
|15||Staffordshire University||United Kingdom||51.30|
|18||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||46.60|
|19||FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School||Spain||46.44|
|20||Falmouth University||United Kingdom||43.77|
Best Motion Graphics School or College
|1||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States, France, Online||98.48|
|2||3dsense Media School||Singapore||83.38|
|3||School of Visual Arts||United States||57.20|
|4||Ringling College of Art and Design||United States||56.06|
|5||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||54.59|
|6||Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Design & Media||Singapore||50.36|
|7||Animum Creativity Advanced School||Spain||44.19|
Best Product Design School or College
Best Visual Effects School or College
|1||SF Film School||Korea||92.11|
|3||Think Tank Training Centre||Canada, Online||86.48|
|4||Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects||Canada||77.40|
|5||Gnomon||Online, United States||70.09|
|6||PIXL VISN | media arts academy||Germany||68.49|
|7||Netherlands Film Academy||Netherlands||64.07|
|8||3dsense Media School||Singapore||58.39|
|9||Animum Creativity Advanced School||Spain||57.34|
|10||FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School||Spain||55.68|
|11||Savannah College of Art and Design||United States, France, Online||55.55|
|12||The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College||Denmark||53.93|
|16||The One Academy of Communication Design||Malaysia||41.41|
|17||Flinders University / CDW Studios||Australia, Online||41.11|
|18||UniSA / Rising Sun Pictures||Australia||34.21|
Best Game Design & Development Schools - Production Excellence
Console & PC
|2||The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College||Denmark||81.34|
|3||ISART Digital||France, Canada||78.50|
|4||University of Huddersfield||United Kingdom||73.44|
|6||HKU University of the Arts Utrecht||Netherlands||71.78|
|7||Brigham Young University||United States||70.59|
|8||ECV Creative Schools & Community||France||70.11|
|10||Breda University of Applied Sciences||Netherlands||66.41|
Best Visual Effects and Animation School - Production Excellence
|1||GOBELINS, l'école de l'image||France||83.71|
|3||School of Visual Arts||United States||74.86|
|4||The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College||Denmark||72.16|
|5||Savannah College of Art and Design||Multiple Locations||70.98|
|6||ECV Creative Schools & Community||France||70.31|
|7||University of Hertfordshire||United Kingdom, Online||64.45|
|8||Cleveland Institute of Art||United States||63.58|
|9||DigiPen Institute of Technology||Multiple Locations||61.21|
|10||University of South Wales||United Kingdom, Online||45.36|
How we calculate global school rankings
Data is based on the quality and performance of student work that is submitted to our judging panel for the Rookie Awards.
The Judging Process
Each entrant is reviewed by members of the official Judging Panel which includes over 150+ 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.
Based on the results of student submissions we received this year we have released the following in-depth breakdowns about the best schools.
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.
- Schools with < 14 student entries are excluded from ranking.
- Incomplete student entries are removed from calculations. No penalties.
- Each student receives a performance score. Max 100 points.
- Median students score calculated per school. Max 100 points.
- Each category finalist receives 2 bonus points toward School Score.
- Each category highly commended receives 4 bonus points toward School Score.
- Each category runner up receives 6 bonus points toward School Score.
- Each category winner receives 10 bonus points toward School Score.
Having the ‘employability of the Artist’ as a judging criteria is key, for in the creative fields you can be free of constraint and let the ideas flow but getting and building a career requires an additional ability to be practical and having ideas that can be executed and maintained.
• Darryn Melrose, former Chief Executive of Media Design School.
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