Best Motion Graphics Schools in the World 2021

Best Motion Graphics Schools in the World 2021

2021 Update! The Best Motion Graphics Schools and Colleges in the World. Find the best places to learn 3D Motion Graphics and become industry ready.

The 2021 Best 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 2021 please read how we rank the best schools and how we analyse the data in the sections located at the bottom of this page.

The Rookies World School Rankings® are not like other education based ranking systems. They are driven and judged by industry professionals without the interference of paid advertising dollars that cloud the judgement of other ranking sites.

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What is 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.

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Top Motion Graphics Schools and Colleges in 2021

The official rankings for 2021 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.

Learn more about how we rank schools.

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

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Top entries submitted by 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.

Ainhoa Carles

I discovered the 3D world when I was studying at A levels.

Winston Koh Wen Zhong

When I just graduated. I did not know whether if I could work in the creative industry until I started freelancing on my own as a 3D Motion Designer for less than a year, then I found the passion and ...

Matthew Hopkins

I first realized after seeing the 3D idents in those old mtv commercials. Stuff like that peaked my interest to begin with, but then when i found cinema4D and started experimenting with that after hi...

José Manuel Peña Sanlley

I was first 14 when I discovered Cinema 4D and After Effects in a youtube tutorial on how to make "Intros" for youtube channels. I have no idea why, but it sparked a small fire within me that just wan...

Hannah Sun

It was during my first year in college when I, for the first time, learned that there's such a job called graphic designer. I was majoring in automation engineering back then, but I knew that had to c...

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...

Kathie Yang

When I was daydreaming in the classroom of elementary school.

Low Kok Wei

I first realized I wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry when I was 18, I was inspired by the works from DeeKay motion on instagram. I love his style of animation, very fun t...

Freya Yeh

When I saw a motion graphic piece made by Buck, called AA. The animation is to create for helping alcoholic. This was the first time I realized that motion graphics can actually be a powerful media t...

Hans Palacios

Having recently completed my Master in Interactive Design & Game Development at SCAD, I am continuing my studies in computer graphics & programming as a CG Generalist. My expertise is in procedural mo...

Siew Kok Yee

It was mainly after secondary school where i was exposed to many kinds of media. From youtube and justinTV(twitch) blowing up to being influenced by my relatives to watch anime. It was then after I wa...

Brian Livachof

I studied Multimedia design. i had a opportunitie to start working in agency doing motion graphics. I love VFX and 3D World.

Jordan McBarnett

When I was 11 years old, I discovered the exhilarating magic of the brick-film, also known as the “LEGO stop-motion animation”. As a young LEGO fanatic, I watched countless amounts of entertaining br...

Detailed information about the top schools and colleges for Motion Graphics

The following schools are the top Motion Graphics educational facilities for 2021 and offer great courses and curriculum that produces students that are ready for the challenges faced by professional artists working in 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

Savannah College of Art and Design prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment. SCAD is continually recognized for educational and professional excellence, affirming our commitment to the highest standards of achievement in art and design in the U.S.

SCAD constantly researches and reimagines programs to instill the critical skills and knowledge students need to succeed in their chosen careers. SCAD consults industry leaders, gathers data on business and design needs and collects student feedback to inform the genesis and evolution of every degree taught at the university. SCAD offers more programs and specializations than any other art and design u...

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3dsense Media School

2. 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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School of Visual Arts

3. School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and nearly 37,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world....

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Ringling College of Art and Design

4. 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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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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Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Interactive & Digital Media

6. Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Design & 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 exce...

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Animum Creativity Advanced School

7. Animum Creativity Advanced School

We constantly network and advise with Industry Stakeholders and academic partners globally to ensure we are constantly industry relevant. We network with Epic Games, Unity 3D, Rokoko, Reallusion, GSU, NYU, Southern Institute of Technology, Ara Institute, Yoobee Colleges, and more.Students are regularly hired by Epic Games, Weta Group, Eleven FX, Graphic Monk, Geo AR....

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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.

Why our rankings are more accurate than others

School Rankings systems used by other websites focus on Incoming Student Skills. schools rank higher based on how selective they are. In other words, schools are rewarded by only accepting students with straight A's. This is like ranking hospitals by how sick their patients are when they arrive!

What we do at The Rookies, is rank school based on Outgoing Student Skills. We focus on how well a school has prepared a student for the job they've been training for. This the real sign of a top school and it can only be achieved by reviewing every single entry multiple times by highly respected people working in the industry.

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 < 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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Over 4,000 international students represented their school by submitting their work to the Rookie Awards 2021 and were reviewed by industry professionals.

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