The 2020 Best 3D Motion Graphics Schools and Colleges in the World rankings 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.

What is 3D Motion Graphics

Motion graphics are a type of animation. While motion graphics describes moving or animated graphic design, animation is an umbrella term for the whole field of moving imagery, including everything from cartoons to claymation. Motion graphics focus on giving movement to graphic design elements, but tend to have less of a concrete storytelling aspect than other types of animation.

School of the Year Trophies

The Rookie Awards are the most important student award and ranking globally as it has a credibility that others just don’t have. It doesn’t let advertising budgets create higher school rankings, it uses industry to assess and judge student work and discounts for any school flooding the awards with entries. 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

Top 3D Motion Graphics Schools and Colleges in 2020

The official rankings for 2020 have been calculated based on the performance of students work submitted to our industry panel. Full details can be found further down the page about how we calculate and rank schools.

Rank School Location Score
1 Savannah College of Art and Design United States 78.885 Learn More
2 Ringling College of Art and Design United States 73.92 Learn More
3 3dsense Media School Singapore 58.92 Learn More
4 Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Interactive & Digital Media Singapore 55.21 Learn More
5 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia 50.33 Learn More

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Top entries submitted by 3D Motion Graphics students from these schools and colleges

Follow these links below to view some of the incredible entries that our judging panel were tasked with reviewing. These entries showcase the quality of work created by students which helped rank their schools.

David Inlines

HI! It all started when I have created Creative 3d content for audiovisual shows and night shows. In 2012 I studied 3d Studio Max and Animation in Barcelona. In 2014 I studied Autodesk Maya in Madri...

Andreas Catucci

I've been dreaming about it for a long time now :)

Jimena Arias Fischer

Hola! Soy Jimena I am a motion designer and storyteller from Mexico City, that enjoys using 2D and 3D media to bring beautiful and exciting visual narratives. My background in 3D modeling, Motion...

Tan Shi Jin

From my secondary school i was really interested design

Stephen Moore

As far as I can remember, I have always been interested in the unknown or unreal. When I first discovered motion design, it made me realize the endless possibilities that could be created through art ...

Nicole Pappas

I spent much of my childhood teaching myself different instruments, drawing, and making stop motion videos with LEGOs. In high school, I took a media technology class where we learned how to edit vide...

Deborah Wong Nam Lum

It has always been my hobby to draw and create things. I would dedicate my free time to creating things that were inspired by my surroundings, for example, that rustic soap packaging design, to how a ...

Akshay Tiwari

I pursue motion media design as it seems to offer the perfect blend of challenge and freedom for my journey of finding the golden mean between creativity and technicality to craft meaningful narrative...

Martin Dorfer

The first time I notized I wanted to go into creative media was in middle school while I was dead set on becoming a biologist. But then I had an introduction to computers class and noticed that I enj...

Robert William Burkart III

I took classes in high school that taught us how to do adobe software, ever since then, I knew I wanted to go into the creative industry. I mistakenly took a motion design course last year and was qu...

Amanda Conyers Godreau

Oddly enough, I don't think I've yet to have that realization. I've been creating in one medium or another for as long as I can remember. Creating never seemed like an option but rather something that...

Mitchell Fields

I took a couple of years to work full time after high school to pay the bills while I figured out what to do with my life. Typical, "you can't make money as an artist" story here. Eventually found my ...

Ibón Vergara Pulido

While I was studing Product Design Engineering and I realised that the part I enjoyed the most was visualization and rendering of the product. After that, in my first job as an engineer, I could inves...

Ayumi T

I'd always known that I wanted to work in the creative industry since secondary school, but I did not know my options. When I discovered motion graphics, I was in awe, and I knew I wanted to be able t...

Zac Miller

I first realized this when I was in high school and I started to develop a passion for film and graphic design through my YouTube channel. Eventually, I applied for a Career Center in high school and ...

Gabriella Agusta

I've been making art on every kind of medium since I could remember, from canvases to photography. I first realized that I wanted to be in the creative media industry after an introduction to motion ...

Hans Palacios

With a background in architecture and computational design, I have gone beyond to explore all realms of spaces (real, virtual, and everything in between) with an emphasis on procedural modelling and p...

Hubert Blajer

I've been fascinated about motion design field for 4 years, but found my place in the world of 3D motion graphics 3 years ago.

Detailed information about the top schools and colleges for 3D Motion Graphics

The following schools are the top 3D Motion Graphics educational facilities for 2020 and offer great courses and curriculum that produces students that are ready for the challenges faced by professional artists working in 3D Motion Graphics. Follow the links below to find out more about these schools, their facilities, team, success stories, student artwork and more.

Savannah College of Art and Design

1. Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.SCAD visionThe Savannah College of Art and Design, an institution with distinctive yet complementary locations, will be recognized as the leader in defining art and design education. By employing innovation in all areas, SCAD will provide a superior education through talented and dedicated faculty and staff, leading-edge technology, advanced learning resources and comprehensive support services.SCAD valuesBeing a student-centered institution.

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Ringling College of Art and Design

2. Ringling College of Art and Design

Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit, fully-accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in thirteen disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers.

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3dsense Media School

3. 3dsense Media School

3dsense Media School is a pioneering digital arts school in Asia, preparing students for careers in the media and entertainment industry for over 13 years. Dedicated to providing a real-world education, 3dsense aims to mold the next generation of elite digital artists and designers for the global industry. Some of the properties her alumni have worked on include Interstellar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Avengers, The Hunger Games series, Assassin’s Creed, Game of Thrones and many more. 3dsense was recently ranked top 20 in the world and 1st in Asia in the CG Student Awards 2015, School of the Year category.Besides education, the school also plays a major role in fostering a vibrant arts & design industry through its events and masterclasses.

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Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Interactive & Digital Media

4. Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Interactive & Digital Media

Established as an institution of higher learning in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) seven academic schools offer quality education and training through more than 40 full-time diploma courses. NYP also has a full suite of continuing education (CET) options for lifelong learning, ranging from specialist and advanced diplomas, to SkillsFuture modules and courses. Through its strong network of industry connections, NYP empowers learners for work and life through relevant curricula and deep capabilities. NYP strives to be the innovative polytechnic, creating a nexus of future-ready learners, ready to take on new challenges and contribute to growth and sustainability. Nanyang Polytechnic is a recipient of Singapore’s top organisational and business excellence awards: the Singapore Quality Award, the Innovation Excellence Award and the People Excellence Award.

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The One Academy of Communication Design

5. The One Academy of Communication Design

For over 25 years of creative education excellence, The One Academy has been renowned as one of the best art and design colleges in Asia with over 2,500 existing students in two of our main campuses. We are committed to our role as a world-class education provider by nurturing creative pioneers who can brace and surpass international standards.To achieve this, we provide comprehensive courses, for instance, Film Visual Effects and Digital Animation with Game Development, in collaboration with industry masters such as Andrew Gordon, Pixar animation director, Eduardo Pena, concept artist of The Hobbit trilogies, and also Ubisoft, to name a few.

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How we calculate the school rankings

Data is based on the quality and performance of student work that is submitted to our judging panel for the Rookie Awards.

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. This might work in industries with more traditional career paths, however, when it comes to technical and creative roles, such as Visual Effects, Feature Animation and Games, it’s a lot more complicated.

The Judging Process

Each entrant is reviewed by members of the official Judging Panel which includes over 120 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 < 8 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 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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