2021 Best Creative Media and Entertainment Art Schools in the World - Archive
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2021 Best Creative Media and Entertainment Art Schools in the World - Archive

Discover the world's top art schools. Explore the Rookies Global School Rankings® 2021.

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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

Rank School Location Score
1 Savannah College of Art and Design United States, France, Online 97.33
2 SCHOOL-ING Spain, Online 85.80
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
6 New3dge France 75.27
7 ArtFX School France 74.51
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
18 Yrgo Sweden 61.68
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
25 ESMA France 55.95
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
32 Futuregames Sweden 51.47
33 Bellecour Ecole France 51.28
34 Bournemouth University United Kingdom 50.14
35 Universal Arts School Spain 49.61
36 Solent University United Kingdom, Online 49.46
37 CG Spectrum Online 49.37
38 Academy of Art University United States, Online 48.72
39 University of South Wales United Kingdom, Online 46.81
40 3D College Denmark 46.54
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
44 Institut Artline Online 43.93
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
48 Voxel School Spain 39.24
49 SAE Creative Media Institute Multiple Locations 38.93
50 Flinders University / CDW Studios Australia, Online 38.27

Best 2D Animation School or College

Rank School Location Score
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

Rank School Location Score
1 Ringling College of Art and Design United States 78.06
2 ArtFX School France 73.76
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
10 ESMA France 57.82
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
16 New3dge France 53.99
17 CG Spectrum Online 53.97
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

Rank School Location Score
1 SCHOOL-ING Spain 106.80
2 FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School Spain 67.90
3 Yrgo Sweden 65.26
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
8 3D College Denmark 47.05
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

Rank School Location Score
1 New3dge France 94.99
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
8 CG Spectrum Online 53.91
9 Bellecour Ecole France 50.95
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

Rank School Location Score
1 Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium 85.17
2 Think Tank Training Centre Canada, Online 78.18
3 New3dge France 68.37
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
16 Futuregames Sweden 47.81
17 CG Spectrum Online 46.91
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

Rank School Location Score
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

Rank School Location Score
1 Savannah College of Art and Design United States, France, Online 102.76
2 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia 58.52
3 Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain 40.36

Best Visual Effects School or College

Rank School Location Score
1 SF Film School Korea 92.11
2 ArtFX School France 86.95
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
13 New3dge France 52.64
14 CG Spectrum Online 50.48
15 ESMA France 49.42
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

Rank School Location Score
1 New3dge France 105.52
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
5 PlaygroundSquad Sweden 72.86
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
9 RUBIKA France 67.81
10 Breda University of Applied Sciences Netherlands 66.41

Mobile Games

Rank School Location Score
1 ISART Digital France, Canada 89.36
2 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia 86.92
3 The Game Assembly Sweden 86.86
4 Laval 3DiFrance60.71
5 Academy of Art University United States 54.65
6 MAGES Institute of Excellence Singapore 47.86

Best Visual Effects and Animation School - Production Excellence

Visual Effects

Rank School Location Score
1 ArtFX School France 128.22
2 Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Germany 81.02
3 ECV Creative Schools & Community France 75.36
4 Escape Studios United Kingdom 69.54
5 ISART Digital France, Canada 68.30
6 School of Visual Arts United States 47.67

3D Animation

Rank School Location Score
1 ArtFX School France 128.22
2 Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Germany 81.02
3 ECV Creative Schools & Community France 75.36
4 Escape Studios United Kingdom 69.54
5 ISART Digital France, Canada 68.30
6 School of Visual Arts United States 47.67

2D Animation

Rank School Location Score
1 GOBELINS, l'école de l'image France 83.71
2 ArtFX School France 78.61
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.

School Calculations

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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