Training artists in film production is complex, time consuming and requires a lot of experience and understanding of up-to-date production tools and processes used by professional studios. For 2019 we are introducing Production Excellence as a new category for the Rookies World School Rankings®.

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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 full 3D Animation short films. Many schools focus on teaching the core skills of 3D Animation, 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.

The Production Excellence category is associated with the Rookie Awards 2019, a contest open to all amateur artists trying to break into the creative media and entertainment industry

During the Rookie Awards 2019, 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 100+ 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 - Production Excellence 2019

The official rankings for 2019 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
1 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, England
2 ArtFX Montpellier, France
3 The Game Assembly Malmo, Sweden
4 Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, United States
5 ISART Digital Paris, France
6 The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark
7 Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium
8 Bellecour Ecole Lyon, France
9 Escape Studios London, England

Mobile - Production Excellence 2019

The official rankings for 2019 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
1 UTS Animal Logic Academy Sydney, Australia
2 Sunderby Folkhögskola Sunderbyn, Sweden
3 MAGES Institute of Excellence Singapore

Immersive Media - Production Excellence 2019

The official rankings for 2019 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
1 UTS Animal Logic Academy Sydney, Australia
2 Escape Studios London, England
3 University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire, England
4 Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Kortrijk, Belgium
5 ISART Digital Paris, France
6 ArtFX Montpellier, France
7 Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, United States

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How we ranked the Schools

Our rankings focus on the quality of short films submitted to the Rookie Awards 2019 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 to Film of the Year - 3D Animation.
  • Incomplete entries are removed from calculations. No penalties.
  • Each entry receives a performance score. Max 100 points. (Film Score)
  • Each category finalist receives 5 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category runner up receives 10 bonus points toward School Score.
  • Each category winner receives 15 bonus points toward School Score.

Console & PC

1. University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is an innovative and enterprising university, challenging individuals and organisations to excel.We are the UK’s leading business-facing university. The University of Hertfordshire is an ambitious and entrepreneurial university with an international vision, putting students at the heart of what we do.Industry focused courses, state-of-the-art learning facilities, a new £38m entertainment venue and opportunities to study, take a years internship or work aboard are just some of the great aspects of what we have to offer.

2. ArtFX

ArtFX is a private digital arts college, training its students in CGI, VFX, 3D Animation and Video Games. Located in Montpellier (France), the school was created by professionals of the film, video games and visual effects industries.As the only school in Europe specialising in compositing CGI into live-action footage, ArtFX is a reference for CGI and CG animation training. At ArtFx you will develop professional level skills and build a solid network of contacts thanks to our close partnerships with professional artists.

3. The Game Assembly

The Game Assembly is a Higher Vocational Education situated in Malmö, Sweden, and we have educated 7% of the Swedish games industry.We educate game artists, game programmers, level designers, game animators and technical artists. 50% of their education is individual development where the students dive into their handicraft and 50% is focused in how to make games together. We are strong believers in the group effort to get the best result - a fun to play game.The Game Art program at The Game Assembly focuses mainly on creating 3D game models. Within game art there are plenty of opportunities during the game projects to appeal to a wide audience, whether you like drawing concept art, modeling 3D models, animating characters, etc.

4. Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasising learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.SCAD visionThe Savannah College of Art and Design, an institution with distinctive yet complementary locations, will be recognised as the leader in defining art and design education. By employing innovation in all areas, SCAD will provide a superior education through talented and dedicated faculty and staff, leading-edge technology, advanced learning resources and comprehensive support services.SCAD valuesBeing a student centred institution.

5. ISART Digital

ISART DIGITAL puts the working world at the heart of its educational approach. A school in tandem with the industry: ISART DIGITAL is an international institute of higher education specializing in Video Games, 3D Animation and VFX. Based in Paris and Montreal, we also offer exchange programs with schools in Japan. We deliver Master’s-level degrees. The greatest advantage of ISART is our close relationship with industry professionals, which enables us to place our students in internships throughout their studies.

6. The Animation Workshop

The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW) enjoys a strong and wide reputation due to the top educations we provide for the international film industry, yet we are much more than a school. The Animation Workshop is located in Viborg, Denmark. It is a part of VIA University College’s School of Business, Technology and Creative Industries and has expertise in the areas of education, culture, communication, and business development. To this effect, it benefits from a strong international network of artists, professionals, companies, funding institutions, and partner schools.

7. Howest - Digital Arts and Entertainment

Digital Arts & Entertainment (DAE) is a state-of-the-art, yet accessible, English-taught Bachelor’s degree. Fully accredited, 3 years, amounting to 180 ECTS credits. DAE is taught at Howest, a modern and unconventional university of applied sciences, situated in a small but beautiful historic city in Flanders, Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe. At DAE you can choose between 4 study majors: Game Development, Game Graphics Production, Independent Game Production or 3D Production & VFX. It is an industry-approved and award-winning curriculum, with alumni in leading companies and studios all over the world, such as Blizzard, Bungie, Ubisoft, DICE, Rocksteady, Guerrilla Games, Larian, Unity, Studio Gobo, Sumo Digital, ILM, MPC, DNeg and many more.

8. Bellecour Ecole

Bellecour Ecole is a specialized art school in the fields of applied arts / design: graphics - multimedia - space - Product - Fashion and Creative Industries: 3d animation - FX - gaming - concept art. Bellecour Ecole provides training to +3 and +5 (Artistic Director, 3D director, ).

9. Escape Studios

A university education, powered by industry experience.We’re pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, it’s why we do things differently and it’s what sets us apart.We harness the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists, developers and studios, through our unique degree concept teams (DCTs), to design, develop and deliver our degree programmes. We set our students industry-designed briefs, so they gain experience of responding to real-world scenarios during their studies.


Mobile

1. UTS Animal Logic Academy

The UTS Animal Logic Academy (UTS ALA) is a unique collaboration that responds directly to the challenges of the animation and visualisation industries. Located on the UTS campus in the heart of Sydney’s creative precinct, the one year Master of Animation and Visualisation focuses on the application of animation, visual effects, computer-generated imagery (CGI) and emerging technologies in a professional studio environment. Artists in the Academy build on their existing skills and are mentored by practicing industry professionals from Animal Logic, UTS and other industry partners in a custom-built studio using real-world production pipelines.

2. Sunderby Folkhögskola

Located between Luleå and Boden, in beautiful Southern Sunderbyn, is Sunderby college. We offer training for all, as well as hotels and conference in historic environments. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the popular restaurant The watercolor or visit ongoing art exhibition in Gallery Y.

3. MAGES Institute of Excellence

MAGES Institute of Excellence is a private education institution providing high quality tertiary level coaching in the rapidly developing Media, Animation and Gaming Industries. Keen expertise from lecturers who are industry professionals provides students the niche skill-sets required for success within the highly competitive creative technology industries. With the diverse options of specialisations and opportunities to develop a comprehensive portfolio, students are well-equipped with the competencies required to become the leading game designers, animators and creative computing experts of tomorrow.


Immersive Media

1. UTS Animal Logic Academy

The UTS Animal Logic Academy (UTS ALA) is a unique collaboration that responds directly to the challenges of the animation and visualisation industries. Located on the UTS campus in the heart of Sydney’s creative precinct, the one year Master of Animation and Visualisation focuses on the application of animation, visual effects, computer-generated imagery (CGI) and emerging technologies in a professional studio environment. Artists in the Academy build on their existing skills and are mentored by practicing industry professionals from Animal Logic, UTS and other industry partners in a custom-built studio using real-world production pipelines.

2. Escape Studios

A university education, powered by industry experience.We’re pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, it’s why we do things differently and it’s what sets us apart.We harness the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists, developers and studios, through our unique degree concept teams (DCTs), to design, develop and deliver our degree programmes. We set our students industry-designed briefs, so they gain experience of responding to real-world scenarios during their studies.

3. University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is an innovative and enterprising university, challenging individuals and organisations to excel.We are the UK’s leading business-facing university. The University of Hertfordshire is an ambitious and entrepreneurial university with an international vision, putting students at the heart of what we do.Industry focused courses, state-of-the-art learning facilities, a new £38m entertainment venue and opportunities to study, take a years internship or work aboard are just some of the great aspects of what we have to offer.

4. Howest - Digital Arts and Entertainment

Digital Arts & Entertainment (DAE) is a state-of-the-art, yet accessible, English-taught Bachelor’s degree. Fully accredited, 3 years, amounting to 180 ECTS credits. DAE is taught at Howest, a modern and unconventional university of applied sciences, situated in a small but beautiful historic city in Flanders, Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe. At DAE you can choose between 4 study majors: Game Development, Game Graphics Production, Independent Game Production or 3D Production & VFX. It is an industry-approved and award-winning curriculum, with alumni in leading companies and studios all over the world, such as Blizzard, Bungie, Ubisoft, DICE, Rocksteady, Guerrilla Games, Larian, Unity, Studio Gobo, Sumo Digital, ILM, MPC, DNeg and many more.

5. ISART Digital

ISART DIGITAL puts the working world at the heart of its educational approach. A school in tandem with the industry: ISART DIGITAL is an international institute of higher education specializing in Video Games, 3D Animation and VFX. Based in Paris and Montreal, we also offer exchange programs with schools in Japan. We deliver Master’s-level degrees. The greatest advantage of ISART is our close relationship with industry professionals, which enables us to place our students in internships throughout their studies.

6. ArtFX

ArtFX is a private digital arts college, training its students in CGI, VFX, 3D Animation and Video Games. Located in Montpellier (France), the school was created by professionals of the film, video games and visual effects industries.As the only school in Europe specialising in compositing CGI into live-action footage, ArtFX is a reference for CGI and CG animation training. At ArtFx you will develop professional level skills and build a solid network of contacts thanks to our close partnerships with professional artists.

7. Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasising learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.SCAD visionThe Savannah College of Art and Design, an institution with distinctive yet complementary locations, will be recognised as the leader in defining art and design education. By employing innovation in all areas, SCAD will provide a superior education through talented and dedicated faculty and staff, leading-edge technology, advanced learning resources and comprehensive support services.SCAD valuesBeing a student centred institution