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School of the Year World Rankings

Best Visual Effects Schools in the World 2018

The Top 10 Best Visual Effects Schools for 2018 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.

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School of the Year World Rankings

Best Animation Schools in the World 2018

The Top 10 Best Animation Schools for 2018 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.

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School of the Year World Rankings

Best Illustration Schools in the World 2018

The Top 10 Best Illustration Schools for 2018 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.

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2018 Report

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Rankings Report

The School of the Year Report is of relevance to students and tutors, studios and recruiters. It has been produced to assist and enable prospective students to find a school that is best suited to their desired career path.

The report includes a detailed breakdown of all the data collected from student submissions for 2018. Included inside a further breakdowns and additional ranking for other schools that participated. We hope this report will help ensure schools continue to push their curriculum’s to the edge and to guide students in demonstrating learnt skills that are perfectly matched to the requirements of production.


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School of the Year World Rankings

Best Game Design Schools in the World 2018

The Top 10 Best Game Design Schools for 2018 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.

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School of the Year World Rankings

Best 3D Motion Graphics Schools in the World 2018

The Top 10 Best 3D Motion Graphics Schools for 2018 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.

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School of the Year World Rankings

How we calculate and analyse the data

The Best Art Schools in the World 2018 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.

Based on the results of student submissions we received this year we have released the following in-depth breakdowns about the Best Art Schools in the World.

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 < 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.
  • - 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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