Game Design & Development Schools - Production Excellence 2022
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Game Design & Development Schools - Production Excellence 2022

2022 Update! The Best Schools and Colleges in the World to learn game design development in a production environment.

Since 2011, The Rookies has been supplying reliable performance information about colleges and universities to students, their families, academics, university leaders, governments, and business. The results for 2022 are based on a staggering 58,443 portfolio reviews, completed by a team of over 150+ industry professionals.

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.

Scott Thompson, founder of Think Tank Training Centre.

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 creative schools. This might work in industries with more traditional career paths, but when it comes to technical and creative roles things are much more complicated, and we need to take a different approach.

Our answer to this is quite arduous, but very accurate. The process involves reviewing thousands of digital portfolios from graduating students. These portfolios are the equivalent of a final exam for traditional industries, and provide an incredibly accurate dataset of how well the university or college has prepared their students for industry level skills.

Learn more about how we rank schools.


So what is Production Excellence?

Production Excellence is an accolade awarded to the very best schools that focus on working as a team to create short films and short form projects. Many schools focus on teaching the core skills of animation and film making, however it takes quite a different approach to creating an immersive experience that replicates a production studio.

"We believe that schools that replicate a production studio experience provide a great advantage to students because it encourages team work, a strong understanding of pipelines, scheduling experience, resource management and problem solving", says Andrew McDonald, co-founder of The Rookies.

During the Rookie Awards 2022, entrants were eligible to submit work to Game of the Year categories in either Console & PC, Mobile or Immersive Media. Each of these films were reviewed by an official judging panel consisting over 150+ industry experts. The judges reviewed films based on criteria such as creativity, technical skills, story, production quality and originality. Based on these results a range of finalists and winners were selected and a first pass of schools were shortlisted for this award.


Console & PC Games - Production Excellence 2022

The official rankings for 2022 have been calculated based on the performance of student team based projects 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 New3dge France 92.62
2 ISART Digital France, Canada 78.21
3 ArtFX School France 77.26
4 University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom 73.93
5 Brigham Young University United States 72.51
6 DigiPen Institute of Technology Multiple Locations 69.88
7 The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College Denmark 69.82
8 Breda University of Applied Sciences Netherlands 65.26
9 Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium 62.75
10 Games Academy Falmouth University United Kingdom 62.27

Mobile Games - Production Excellence 2022

The official rankings for 2022 have been calculated based on the performance of student team based projects 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 ISART Digital France, Canada 103.39
2 Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium 76.225
3 Champlain College United States 72.73
4 The Game Assembly Sweden 71.06
5 RUBIKA France 69.39
6 CG Spectrum Online 61.92

Immersive Media - Production Excellence 2022

The official rankings for 2022 have been calculated based on the performance of student team based projects 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 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia 87.09
2 University of the Arts London United Kingdom 76.885
3 Ringling College of Art and Design United States 74
4 ISART Digital France, Canada 73.75
5 Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium 71.25
6 Centro Mexico 69.49
7 Games Academy Falmouth University United Kingdom 66.25
8 Savannah College of Art and Design United States, France 51.69

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Examples of student work submitted from these top 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.


How we calculate global school rankings

Our rankings focus on the quality of short films submitted to the Rookie Awards 2022 as teams, rather than individuals. Each short film receives a score by the judging panel and contributes to each Schools overall Production Excellence score.

Important details about how a school score is calculated:

  • Schools must submit a team project.
  • Each entry receives a final project score. Max 50 points.
  • Each entry receives a team work score. Max 50 points.
  • Each category finalist receives 2 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category highly commended receives 4 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category runner up receives 6 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category winner receives 10 bonus points toward School Score.

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.


Do you feel your school should be listed here?

Over 500 international schools submitted their student work to the Rookie Awards 2022 and were reviewed by industry professionals. To make sure your school is considered for next year's rankings please use the live-chat system located at the bottom-right of this page, or email our team at [email protected].