Best Product Design Schools in the World 2021
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Best Product Design Schools in the World 2021

2021 Update! The Best Product Design Schools and Colleges in the World. Find the best places to learn to be an animator, realise your dreams and become industry ready.

The 2021 Best Product Design 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 Product Design

Product design is the process designers use to blend user needs with business goals to help brands make consistently successful products. Product designers work to optimize the user experience in the solutions they make for their users—and help their brands by making products sustainable for longer-term business needs.

The judges were looking for the best young product designers that are passionate about Product Design or Industrial Design. You will need to show experience with AutoCAD style programs which offer a more precise building platform with a strong focus on real-world physics and restraints than other 3D software packages. The judges want to not only see how you sketch and design your ideas, but they are very interested in seeing how you visualise and present your ideas to the world.

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Top Product Design 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 102.76
2 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia 58.52
3 Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain 40.36

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Top entries submitted by Product Design 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.

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Somya Chowdhary

I started with fashion design in my high school and fell in love with design, particularly product design. I just fancy the idea that the product I design could be used by millions of people worldwide...

Atlas Tan Lin Yong

Working in creative media and entertainment industry is challenging and exciting. Because of the passion of drawing, I got strong desire to jump in this field.

Quint Bailey

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Mohammed Al Wadeai

I am an aspiring 3D Computer Graphics Design - Product Visualization, 2020 student at YRGO in Gothenburg, Sweden. My first year in school has gotten me completely fascinated by 3D graphics and how to ...

Jake Wyand

Oh, I have always known I wanted to work in the creative field! I come from a family of entrepreneurs, but I was the only artist in my family. So when I was 15, I started creating custom phone cases w...

Ruxia Wang

During in my high school.

Adrian Yanguas Muñoz

I study Industrial design, before start my journey with Houdini, Maya and other cretive media programs. I love videogames and films since children so, a part of me always have known that i wanted to w...

Sejal Mittal

I have always felt passionate about science and design. Industrial and User Experience design helps me combine both of my interests. I want to create products that will help people.

Katerina Rangelova

After high school


Detailed information about the top schools and colleges for Product Design

The following schools are the top Product Design 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 Product Design. 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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The One Academy of Communication Design

2. 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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Animum Creativity Advanced School

3. 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.

Is your school missing from this global ranking?

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

To make sure your school is considered for next year's rankings, please email us or chat with us live right now to learn more.