The 2020 Best Architectural Visualisation 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 Architectural Visualisation

In the field of architecture, visualisation refers to the practice of representing a new structure in a way that can be easily digested. Thought of as the language between the client and the designer, visualisation generally takes place before the building process begins.

The most recent development in architectural visualisation refer to creating three-dimensional models of a structure using computer software. Clients can walk around a 3D model and view it from any angle. Elements such as carpets, furniture, paintings and lights can also be added and their effects can be observed.

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 Architectural Visualisation 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 View
1 3D College Denmark 89.19 Learn More
2 SCHOOL-ING Spain 82.52 Learn More
3 University of Kent Multiple Locations 67.36 Learn More
4 Yrgo | School of Architectural Visualization Sweden 60.02 Learn More
5 CICE, The Professional School in New Technologies Spain 59.58 Learn More

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Top entries submitted by Architectural Visualisation 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.

Wessel Huizenga

At the age of 14 I followed an accountancy trial in middle school for 2 years. Once a month we would work in photoshop to let our head relax from all the numbers. I always got really excited whenever ...

Emil Rasmussen

When i first started doing CG, I had very little experience with computer work and this was a new world for me. I had no idea where it would lead to, and that I would be this obsessed with it. I enjoy...

Susana Rodriguez Gandia

While working on my previous job I realized that it didn´t bring me any joy. So while I was wondering what to do I discovered Archviz. This is something I really enjoy and I would like to make a li...

Gustav Asteberg

I have always liked to be creative and to be able to use my creativity at work is something that is awesome. That's why i started archviz at YRGO and so far it is alot of fun!

Melissa More Flores

I always felt an inner need to express and to explore things around me through images. As I grew older this interest led me to experience with painting and photography; eventually made me discover Int...

Konstantina Beratze

I realized that this is what I want for my future job when I got introduced in the world of 3D and its' possibilities. The fact that you can translate the way that you perceive the world in a visual f...

Adam Karlsson

Since my early teens. I have always been very creative and fascinated by the power of art. As a hobby I begin taking a lot of photography and filming using my camera. It was first when I discovered th...

Gino Giampaolo

The first question I've been asked and I'm already struggling not to talk about my deep dark secrets. I guess I've been in the creative media since very little when I realized I found most pleasure in...

Adam Lancaster-Bartle

After studying Architecture BA at the University of Dundee I secured a placement at an Architecture Firm in Manchester (Bridge Architects). Following my time at the firm, where I predominantly carried...

Mads Lind Nicolaisen

I have always been very creative playing with Legos playing Minecraft and etc... as a kid. And I picked up Photography and Graphic design in my teenage years. And when I was 19 I Discovered the magica...

Bastian Hyldahl

About 1½ years ago when I was studying at a school that had a media class and they worked with 3ds Max. Ever since, I have loved working with CGI, specifically Architectural Visualization and it is my...

Joshua Curero Robles

As an interior designer i've always been part one the creative process, but also I was the one who take care of the representation and development of the projects for the clients. Knowing the importan...

Detailed information about the top schools and colleges for Architectural Visualisation

The following schools are the top Architectural Visualisation 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 Architectural Visualisation. Follow the links below to find out more about these schools, their facilities, team, success stories, student artwork and more.

3D College

1. 3D College

3D College, a part of Viden Djurs, is one of Denmark’s largest technical colleges in the field of media production. Since 2004, we have established ourselves as the leading vocational education (VET) and training institution for 3D graphic students in Denmark. Over the years, we have built up close relations to Danish businesses that focus on graphical development in games, VFX/motion design and architectural visualizations. Before starting in a traineeship, our students have worked with advanced modelling, animation and graphics. We train them in the most used 3D programs within the fields of film, games and architecture. Our students live on our campus, where there are a wide array of workshops and courses they can make use of in their spare time; plenty of opportunities for sp

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School-ing was born out of a love for 3D and VFX, a vocation for teaching and the desire to help revolutionize the way of teaching and learning. School-ing is a specialized school that seeks to give a twist to traditional training, to bring the reality of the professional market closer to the classroom and offer tools so that students can develop their artistic and creative potential.

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University of Kent

3. University of Kent

Established in 1965, it now has over 19,800 students studying at its various campuses including Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge in the picturesque south-east of England and European sites in Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome.

Kent provides outstanding teaching, excellent employability and fantastic student support. Our teaching has been recognised in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) where we were awarded gold, the highest rating. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Our reputation for research excellence is confirmed by our success in the most recent Research Excellence Framework: Kent is ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities. 97% of our research is of international quality and our score for research power has increased by 59%, the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities.

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Yrgo | School of Architectural Visualization

4. Yrgo | School of Architectural Visualization

Yrgo is a higher vocational college situated in Gothenburg Sweden.Our programs main focus is architectural visualization where our students spend two years studying both practical applications, theory and doing internships at companies all around the world. Our first year focused on learning 3d visualization with programs like 3ds Max, Sketchup, V-ray, Corona, Revit and Autocad. We also place a high value on teaching what makes good images, so photography and Photoshop is a given.On top of this we have courses in analogue workflows and terminology held by architects to better help our students communicate in future projects. After the first year they are sent out to companies to start their internship and this is where we feel the real learning begins.

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CICE, The Professional School in New Technologies

5. CICE, The Professional School in New Technologies

CICE, the only Official Training Center in Spain for more than 20 multinational companies, is already a community of more than 70,000 students coming from more than 30 different countries. The School provides the Official Training and all the homologations of the leading companies thanks to the collaboration of certified teaching professionals recruited from the most prestigious Spanish production companies.Our permanent challenge is and has always been along these 37 years, to train our students so they turn into excellent professionals with an extraordinary projection in the job market and able to support the increasingly demanding demand of qualified professionals the current industry is asking for.But what really makes the School to stand out is our ability promoting among our students

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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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