Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment Schools and Colleges in the World 2021

Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment Schools and Colleges in the World 2021

2021 Update! The official rankings have been calculated based on the performance of students work submitted to an independent industry panel.

The 2021 Best Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment 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 a Creative Media & Entertainment School?

These are also know as Art Schools and are designed to help aspiring artists learn the skills needed to work in creative industries such as: visual effects, animation, games, architectural visualisation, immersive media, motion design and more.

These schools are very different to non-creative schools and they need to be ranked accordingly. Students at creative schools don't all take the same exam to graduate. It's a whole different ball-game and students' abilities can't purely be based on a technical exam. For a creative student, their digital portfolio that showcases their skills is the most important factor at play for a recruiter.

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Top Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment 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 97.33
2 SCHOOL-ING Spain, Online 85.80
3 Think Tank Training Centre Canada, Online 80.07
4 SF Film School Korea 78.34
5 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia 76.58
6 New3dge France 75.27
7 ArtFX School France 74.51
8 School of Visual Arts United States 74.13
9 Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects Canada 70.82
10 3dsense Media School Singapore 69.60
11 ISART Digital France, Canada 69.26
12 Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium 68.78
13 Syn Studio Canada, Online 68.17
14 PIXL VISN | media arts academy Germany 64.25
15 Ringling College of Art and Design United States 64.10
16 Gnomon Online, United States 64.09
17 ECV Creative Schools & Community France 62.94
18 Yrgo Sweden 61.68
19 The Game Assembly Sweden 60.29
20 Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain 59.58
21 Netherlands Film Academy Netherlands 57.25
22 University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom, Online 56.74
23 Vancouver Film School Canada 56.33
24 FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School Spain 55.99
25 ESMA France 55.95
26 Butic The New School Online 53.98
27 DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore, Spain, United States, Online 53.78
28 Vertex School Inc Online 53.21
29 Escape Studios United Kingdom, Online 52.80
30 The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College Denmark 52.66
31 Staffordshire University United Kingdom 51.64
32 Futuregames Sweden 51.47
33 Bellecour Ecole France 51.28
34 Bournemouth University United Kingdom 50.14
35 Universal Arts School Spain 49.61
36 Solent University United Kingdom, Online 49.46
37 CG Spectrum Online 49.37
38 Academy of Art University United States, Online 48.72
39 University of South Wales United Kingdom, Online 46.81
40 3D College Denmark 46.54
41 Lightbox Academy Spain, Online 45.53
42 Media Design School Australia, New Zealand 45.51
43 Breda University of Applied Sciences Netherlands 44.10
44 Institut Artline Online 43.93
45 Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Design & Media Singapore 43.84
46 Falmouth University United Kingdom 40.94
47 Norwich University of the Arts United Kingdom, Online 39.54
48 Voxel School Spain 39.24
49 SAE Creative Media Institute Multiple Locations 38.93
50 Flinders University / CDW Studios Australia, Online 38.27

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Top entries submitted by Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment 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.

Arash Hadavi

Since When I sew movies like Avatar , transformers and MCU movies about a decade ago I always dreamed to work in movies and cg industry and I still have this dream but I didn't had the chance yet .

Kim Hyun Jong

The motion graphic field, which can even control movement, was attractive.

Jasmin Habezai-Fekri

Games like Animal Crossing sparked my interest from a young age in colorful worlds that are interactive. I have a huge passion for stylized visuals and fantasy themes, which I mostly focus my 3D works...

Matej Gorup

The first time I found out Zbrush was about 5 years ago during my first year of college. It was love on first sight, I immediately bought my own graphic tablet and started the journey. Hours and hours...

Aleksandar Danilovac

For as long as I can remember I wanted to make video games. It was during my college studies that I figured out exactly what I was most interested in.

Keiya Hasegawa

I am a Compositor currently residing in Vancouver, BC, with over 4 years of combined international work experience in the VFX, film, and TV commercial industries. I specialize in 2D/3D Compositing, Mu...


I got to know about 3D graphics from the advertising lecture in university. I was asked to research about 3D with a topic and I found out the most important thing is the audience's perspective. A goo...

Shira Eilan

I worked for several years in TV productions and after realizing I'd rather be a part of the creation process than an operator, I decided to embark on this path to the 3D world and game development - ...

Aitor Echeveste

Since I was very young I have always felt a great attraction for the visual effects of movies.

Adam Karlsson

Since my early teens. I have always been very creative and fascinated by the power of art. As a hobby I begin taking a lot of photography and filming using my camera. It was first when I discovered th...

Jordan Soar

I have always had a deep love for the entertainment industry, primarily in film and video games. From a very young age, it has been a dream of mine to work in said industry, and this goal is currently...

Alberto Navarro Sánchez

For the past four years my professional profile has been very technical. Now I would like to shift my work towards something more artistic, expertising in modelling and rendering techniques.

Tomas Sackmann

Since I am a kid I love art and design. In Argentina, I studied Industrial Design and a few years ago I had a colleague who studied at Think Tank Training Center Online and his work was amazing. The q...

Félix Donadio

It's been a while since I want to draw as a living. Growing up, I really started to have an interest in digital art and 3D.

Kiara Leneuf

Drawing has always been a necessity for me since the very early stages of my life, and at 5 years old, I already knew that I couldn't live a life without art being part of my job.

Victor Anceaume

When I was little I always imagined myself telling myself stories, and gradually I discovered the profession of graphic designer and interior architect which made me realize that there are several are...

Silke Van Der Smissen

When I was younger, one of my favorite things to do when I got home from school was play Crash Bandicoot on our PS1 with my sister and my dad. We'd each take turns and pass around the controller. From...

Matthew Corsillo

One of my earliest memories is of my older brother showing me an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, which hooked me into an obsession with all things related to entertainment. When I was around 12 or 1...

Edmond Boulet-Gilly

I am passionate about VFX and latest technologies related to digital simulations, 3D modeling, and machine learning. Being an FX TD is the perfect blend of my technical knowledge and hunger for creati...

Mikel Iriberri

Playing video games for as long as I can remember, background in traditional art & graphic design. The journey started back in 2014 when I created my first cube, there is no way back for me now.


Modeling allows me to create complete universes. Creating visually stunning and surprising images with a strong storytelling is what guides me through the creation. I am intent to work in an endless...

Aina Barceló Jordana

After graduating in BA Architecture I landed my first job as an architectural assistant. Soon after I started I realised that the professional architectural environment lacked the artistic aspect I wa...

Daniel Rodriguez Cadena

Watching all cinematics i could find on youtube, and realizing that it was someones job to make such an amazing thing.

Jean-Baptiste Nollot

My interest in the entertainment industry begin when I was a child, I remember myself watching tons of cartoons and movies...I guess It was here that it all began!

Detailed information about the top schools and colleges for Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment

The following schools are the top Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment 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 Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment. 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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School-ing was born out of a love for 3D and VFX, a vocation for teaching and the desire to help revolutionize the way of teaching and learning. School-ing is a specialized school that seeks to give a twist to traditional training, to bring the reality of the professional market closer to the classroom and offer tools so that students can develop their artistic and creative potential. ...

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Think Tank Training Centre

3. Think Tank Training Centre

Founded in 2005 in Vancouver BC, Think Tank Training Centre specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies used by 3D artists working in the film, television and video game industries. In 2018 we ranked #1 in Canada (#4 worldwide) for Game Development, and #2 in Canada (#3 worldwide) for Visual Effects, and have consistently placed in the top four in previous years. Think Tank's campus is an inspirational place of learning, delivering a one-of-a-kind mentorship program which gives our students the edge as they transition into fully-fledged working professionals....

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SF Film School

4. SF Film School

We are a professional education institution specifically for CG and VFX (Visual Effects). Our branches are in Seoul and Busan of South Korea. A lot of our graduates are currently working for the top VFX and 3D animation companies in the world. We welcome all the students regardless of the amount of experience that they have. Our systematic education curriculum guides any students who have no previous experience into a CG and VFX professional. If a student already has previous experience, we focus on providing a specialised education of the area that they want. Despite the level of skills that they come with when they enter the school, we want our students to learn practical and comprehensive skills of the CG and VFX field after the programme. SFFS is...

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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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6. New3dge

New3dge, located in Paris, is a private school of higher education specialized in the fields of Game Art, 3D Animation&VFX and Concept Art. We have tailored our student program and our teaching methods alongside some of the major players in these fields. We recruit our educators from our network of respected professionals around the globe. At New3gde, we give our students the opportunity to learn skills and work with cutting edge technology in an ever-evolving environment, guaranteeing their integration in the video game, 3D animation/VFX field and Concept Art. Our current placement rate is 92% More infos at :

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ArtFX School

7. ArtFX School

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 specializing 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. Thanks to these connections our graduates also have a 99% placement rate in major post-production studios within France and around the world.As a private establishment of higher education technical training, ArtFx is a member and co-...

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School of Visual Arts

8. 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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Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects

9. Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects

Complete your training in Effects, Lighting, or Compositing.The award-winning Lost Boys Studios operates this extraordinary school of visual effects. With its roots as an internationally renowned VFX boutique with 20+ years of excellence. Lost Boys has both pioneered and mastered craft-centric specialized Diploma & Certificate Programs for feature film VFX production delivered from within a studio environment. Focused & specialized training sets a solid foundation for growth, puts you in demand, and maximizes your career potential. Alumni enjoy a combined placement rate of 99% at jobs found within their field of study. Lost Boys is your best chance at a career in VFX....

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3dsense Media School

10. 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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ISART Digital

11. ISART Digital

ISART Digital is an international school of higher education in video games and 3D-VFX animation. The school is based in Paris & Montreal and has a partnership with the Tokyo University of Technology. The school is ranked number 1 in Europe and Quebec (Canada) by LinkedIn, on professional integration in the Game and Interactive Media Design market. This leading position is the result of a studio-oriented policy: - Professional experience is at the heart of the studies, in an alternating structure of a week at school and a week in the workplace, throughout the year....

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Howest University of Applied Sciences - Digital Arts and Entertainment

12. Howest University of Applied Sciences - 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...

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Syn Studio

13. Syn Studio

Syn Studio is an art school in Montreal specializing in teaching concept art and illustration for the entertainment industry. For over 10 years, Syn Studio has been helping aspiring artists of all skill levels achieve their artistic dreams through their affordable online and onsite drawing, painting, concept art, and illustration classes as well as their Full-Time Programs. The online classes and programs are designed to help you improve your artistic skills dramatically in as little as 10 weeks! Syn Studio was recently ranked the world’s top-ranked concept art and illustration school for 2020 (ranked by The Rookies)....

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PIXL VISN | media arts academy

14. PIXL VISN | media arts academy

PIXL VISN was founded in 2010 by industry professionals Andrei Stirbu and Robb Innes. We offer an accelerated 15-month 3D Animation and Visual Effects training program in a modern facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, located in the heart of Cologne, Germany. Instructors at PIXL VISN are a part of the industry: They work in relevant positions at major studios around the world helping to create major Hollywood feature films, hit television series and blockbuster video games. Our graduates have worked on productions like “Avengers: Endgame”, “Game of Thrones” and “Disney’s Dumbo”. In the official “World School Rankings® 2019” at “The Rookies”, PIXL VISN ranked 3rd in the ranking of the best Animation schools in the world and 10th in the ra...

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Ringling College of Art and Design

15. 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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16. Gnomon

For over twenty years, Gnomon has educated many of the world’s best digital artists. Called “the MIT of visual effects” by Fast Company magazine, Gnomon offers a variety of educational options to help students reach their goals in the entertainment industry, with both degree and vocational certificate programs, specialized courses for high school students and over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment. Visual effects artists launched Gnomon with the support of the entertainment industry to help meet the demand for well-trained creative talent in the growing field of digital entertainment. Our graduates are professionals working on the latest blockbuster films and games, and have positions at film and video game studios around the world....

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ECV Creative Schools & Community

17. ECV Creative Schools & Community

Founded in 1984, ECV - École de Communication Visuelle is located in 5 majors French cities: Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, Aix-en-Provence and Lille. The school of visual communication offers a 5 year-program in visual communication, graphic design and animated film.

The ECV provides an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to the study of visual communication, and educates students in the traditional arts through a strong core curriculum. Furthermore, the school builds a creative environment that is both supportive and challenging, helping students to shape a complex world of cultural diversity and changing technologies.


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18. Yrgo

Yrgo is a higher vocational college situated in Gothenburg Sweden.Our programs main focus is architectural visualization where our students spend two years studying both practical applications, theory and doing internships at companies all around the world. Our first year focused on learning 3d visualization with programs like 3ds Max, Sketchup, V-ray, Corona, Revit and Autocad. We also place a high value on teaching what makes good images, so photography and Photoshop is a given.On top of this we have courses in analogue workflows and terminology held by architects to better help our students communicate in future projects. After the first year they are sent out to companies to start their internship and this is where we feel the real learning begin...

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The Game Assembly

19. 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 artísts, 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....

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Animum Creativity Advanced School

20. 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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Netherlands Film Academy

21. Netherlands Film Academy

The academy is the only recognised institute in the Netherlands that offers training to prepare for the work in the various crew disciplines. Specialisation is possible in fiction directing, documentary directing, screenwriting, editing, producing, sounddesign, cinematography, production design, and interactive multimedia/visual effects. ...

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University of Hertfordshire

22. University of Hertfordshire

The School of Creative Arts is the oldest part of the University of Hertfordshire, and its roots date back to 1890 with the formation of St Albans School of Art that later merged with the University in the 20th century. The School prides itself on its devotion to teaching creativity and the skills required to enable students to reach the goals they want from a degree and future career. It combines a wealth of physical resources that cover all aspects of creative arts production from animation, games and film, to fashion, print making, ceramics and architectural design to name a few.

A large base of talented staff with working experience of the industries they teach in allows students to gain knowledge from those who have already worked in t...

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Vancouver Film School

23. Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School is Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution and one of the most distinguished in the world. The 13 production-oriented programs at VFS span one year or less and cover all aspects of visual media. Students are guided by industry veterans as they create the professional-quality reels and portfolios that get them noticed on the global stage. Recent VFS graduates have gone on to work on some of the hottest properties in entertainment, from film to animation to video games....

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FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School

24. FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School

FX ANIMATION Barcelona ArchViz School, pioneer in the field of architectural visualisation training and with 14 years of experience, offers you the possibility to complete your professional profile as an interior designer or architect thanks to its high performance training. Our specialised training and live online methodology (for English or Spanish speaking students) will allow you to master the leading software in the sector with great technical and visual depth, which will allow you to carry out any type of space visualisation project with great quality....

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25. ESMA

ESMA CG School is a hiher education institution located in Montpellier, Toulouse, Nante, Lyon and Montreal, with more than 25 years of experience.Recognized for the quality and richness of its artistic teachings, the school offers two courses related to CG Animation and FX: a Prépa Entertainment and a Professional Cycle CG Animation & FX.Our ambition: to offer a teaching in adequacy with the professional environment in order to prepare our students for the various artistic professions and to facilitate their insertion and their success in the world of work....

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butic The New School

26. butic The New School

butic is actually the only focused online school simultaneously authorized by leading companies like Autodesk, Adobe, Chaos Group, Itoo Software or Epic Games Unreal Engine, something extremely important in order to get a high quality and certified education recognized around the world.

“The only constant is change”, so training in the field of new technologies is essential to progress in today's digital world, but attending to online remote education (especially when focused on architectural visualisation, immersive media, product design, engineering, animation, etc.) require expensive hardware and software applications and the students and instructors need to buy highly priced hardware and software.

Applied on the educa...

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DigiPen Institute of Technology

27. DigiPen Institute of Technology

DigiPen Institute of Technology was established in 1988 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada as a computer simulation and animation school. In 1996, DigiPen moved to Redmond, Washington where it has been a leading educational institution offering various Bachelor’s of Science, Bachelor’s of Arts and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree. Aside from these undergraduate degrees, DigiPen also offers a Master’s degree in Computer Science. DigiPen opened a new campus in Singapore in 2008 at the invitation of the Singaporean government, and is currently opening a campus in Bilbao, Spain and expanding into Korea....

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Vertex School Inc

28. Vertex School Inc

The Vertex School is building in-depth online training programs to help people get jobs in cutting edge creative technical fields such as Games and Real Time Technology using our combination of skill mapping, accountability, mentoring and just plain old hard work and butt kicking. We're a higher quality, more affordable and more up to date alternative to associates and bachelor degree programs which can be outdated by the time you finish them. Our students work at Apple, Houzz, Bioware, EA, CD Projekt Red and other industry leaders....

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Escape Studios

29. Escape Studios

At Escape Studios, we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics. We work with an impressive list of industry partners to design and deliver our courses, from MPC, DNEG, Framestore and The Mill, through to Jellyfish Pictures, Milk and BlueBolt, to name just a few! We’re leaders in digital arts, ranked 5th in the world by the Rookies, a Rookies Certified School, a Houdini Certified School, and the only Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center in the UK.

Do you have raw talent and big aspirations? If you're willing to put in the time, passion and hard work necessary, we can promise you a highly vocational, industry-focused training experience, giving you the skill...

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The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College

30. The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College

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....

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Staffordshire University

31. Staffordshire University

We are the Connected University. We’re connected to the needs of our students, to business and to society. Our city campus in Stoke-on-Trent is the University’s nerve centre. We deliver world class healthcare education at our specialist Centres of Excellence in Stafford and Shrewsbury. And a global network of more than 20,000 people study our degrees internationally. Our industry connections and emphasis on experience make our graduates among the most employable in the UK. A leading university for digital technologies, we are always building on our proud computing heritage and strong reputation for computer games courses. Our gold award in the 2019 Teaching Excellence Framework recognises excellent standards of learning and teaching, while 78 per...

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32. Futuregames

With schools in Sweden in Stockholm, Boden, Skellefteå and Karlstad; in Norway in Nordreisa; and soon in New Zealand in Dunedin, Futuregames offers a whole range of different types of education and at many different levels, from short courses for experienced professionals to full time programs for future game developers just getting started in the industry. With almost 20 years of experience Futuregames has consistently ranked as one of the best game educations in the world and our former students make up over 11% of the Swedish games industry working across game art, game design, programming, game marketing and more.

Our vision: ”To provide each individual the competence and the context to be able to contr...

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Bellecour Ecole

33. 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, )....

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Bournemouth University

34. Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University is a public university in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, with its main campus situated in neighbouring Poole. The university was founded in 1992 as one of the new universities, however the origins of its predecessor date back to the early 1900s.The university was a finalist for two prizes in British higher education – the 2009 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for "University of the Year" and "Research Project of the Year".Traditionally known for its focus on professional courses, in the 2000s Bournemouth University invested in research to underpin its curriculum and maximise its contribution to the regional and national economies. The university currently has over 16,000 students, including over 1,500 international students....

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Universal Arts School

35. Universal Arts School

We could say that there are people who have great professional or personal success despite the type of training received. This means that we all have at our disposal a "click" that we can click whenever we want. The authentic formation must be based on producing an atmosphere in which the person awakens his inner self. There must be a climate of freedom of expression and confidence. Once one connects, learning can take off. It's about learning an art and a profession, a whole. At present there is a new revolution in knowledge and intelligence. We take into account concepts such as Emotional Intelligence, 9 Multiple Intelligences, Social Intelligence, Synesthesia, Neurolinguistic Programming, Lateral Thinking, etc. Now it is known that in order to lea...

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Solent University

36. Solent University

With a population of around 11,000 staff and students, Solent University offers over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects as diverse as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. Every year we are joined by around 10,000 additional students on short professional courses. Rated five stars for teaching and inclusiveness in the QS World Rankings, and winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, the University was also awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance Agency kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning, and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in Which? University’s 2013 and...

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CG Spectrum

37. CG Spectrum

CG Spectrum was founded on the principle that students learn best through personalized, hands-on education taught by industry professionals who specialize in the discipline they are teaching. By giving students access to the most talented artists in the industry as their mentors, this helps ensure that CG Spectrum students are the best connected, best trained and best prepared for life beyond school in their respective fields. Our mentors meet students from around the world online for small classes or 1-on-1 specialised industry diploma courses. This personalised education gives our students an advantage, by allowing them to network with artists of major studios, regardless of their geographic location.

In addition to the unique 1-on-1 appr...

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Academy of Art University

38. Academy of Art University

Since 1929, Academy of Art University has helped prepare aspiring artists and designers for professional careers by offering 135+ accredited degree options in more than 40 areas of study. Choose from animation and visual effects, game design and development, illustration, fine art, communications, filmmaking, and more. We are first and foremost a professional school—a purpose-based art and design school where students develop their talents and acquire the specific skills sought by the creative marketplace. Our hands-on curriculum is taught by some of the finest minds working in today’s creative and innovative industries—professional artists and designers who bring their industry expertise to the classroom. Academy students graduate with a solid crea...

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University of South Wales

39. University of South Wales

USW Cardiff is one of the largest providers of Creative Industries Education in the UK, with a curriculum covering Illustration, Animation, Graphic Communication, Film and Media Production, to Drama, Performance, Music and Dance. Partnerships with major employers have led to 95% of our graduates entering employment within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates work for major studios including Disney Pixar, Rockstar Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, EA Games, DreamWorks and broadcasters including BBC, HBO along with many independent companies.

USW Cardiff prides itself on its vibrant city-centre location with several animation and games employers within easy reach. The Faculty offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses a...

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3D College

40. 3D College

3D College, a part of Viden Djurs, is one of Denmark’s largest technical colleges in the field of media production. Since 2004, we have established ourselves as the leading vocational education (VET) and training institution for 3D graphic students in Denmark. Over the years, we have built up close relations to Danish businesses that focus on graphical development in games, VFX/motion design and architectural visualizations. Before starting in a traineeship, our students have worked with advanced modelling, animation and graphics. We train them in the most used 3D programs within the fields of film, games and architecture. Our students live on our campus, where there are a wide array of workshops and courses they can make use of in their spare time; ...

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Lightbox Academy

41. Lightbox Academy

Lightbox Academy is a Digital Arts School located in Madrid that came into being thanks to the most lauded Animation Film Production Company in Spain: Lightbox Animation Studios. The school’s academic offer encompasses the production pipelines in animation, series and videogames.

Having started with a foot already in the door allows Lightbox Academy to present a training program adapted to the real workflow in any studio or production company nowadays. The students learn to work in a professional manner, using the same software and the same mechanisms that are used at all major studios. And this method, the practical method, is further boosted by our teachers: working professionals in the digital industry who fin...

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Media Design School

42. Media Design School

Media Design School is New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications. In 2017, we were ranked amongst the top ten schools in the world to provide VFX/Animation qualifications by the The Rookies.Our teaching style has been created to simulate the real world industry as closely as possible. From their very first day at Media Design School, our students study in a studio-like environment using industry aligned software and technology. They are encouraged to challenge conventions and push boundaries in new and emerging digital technologies through project-based learning and live briefs....

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Breda University - IGAD - (BUAS)

43. Breda University of Applied Sciences

1 to 1 coaching by industry veterans of AAA industry . Latest technology from Sony, Nintendo & Microsoft . Features all relevant game development skills for a practical multidisciplinary education . Partnering with leading game companies around the world . International classroom, completely English-taught, 25% of students and 80% of staff is international . A tradition of winning game awards over the past year (Unity Awards, GGJ, Sumo Digital, Brains Eden, Microsoft, Dutch Game Awards) . Top rated in Dutch higher education . The best and motivated talents are selected to start (180 students per year) . Officially accredited degree by the Ministry of Education, students enter the program in one of three study paths: Visual Art, Programming or Des...

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Institut Artline

44. Institut Artline

We help students that dare to dream big to start their career and become an accomplished artist, working at leading companies trough our world-class support program.

Our mission is their creative career. That is why we’ve created a world-class support program which helps our students not only to get a degree, and become a sought after digital artist, but to build an exiting creative career.

At Institut Artline, we focus on each and every student individually. We help them to hone their creative powers, connect them with renown mentors and provide access to leading companies well beyond their studies at our school.

We offer a safe environment to explore and hone your creative powers including our world-class career suppor...

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Nanyang Polytechnic - School of Interactive & Digital Media

45. 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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Falmouth University

46. Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music and film....

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Norwich University of the Arts

47. Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts is a dynamic, modern and creative community providing arts, design, architecture and media education from a unique campus at the heart of the city. Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking. From a city centre campus that boasts cutting-edge facilities, to an approach to teaching which saw us awarded Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked 10th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, our reputation for excellence is well-earned. NUA has thrived as an established University, developing a national ...

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Voxel School

48. Voxel School

The Voxel School Professional School of Digital Arts emerges as a transversal model of communication between areas of vital importance for the Digital Economy sector: The video game sector , animation , digital special effects , architectural visualization and design , all of them in its different aspects. The center is managed by professionals from the animation, video game, film, special effects and new technologies industry strongly linked to university management and teaching for more than a decade. Voxel School is committed to being a useful tool for society in the development of new areas related to the field of digital arts, always aligned with the most current workplace reality . For this, the school has its main focus on attracting the be...

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SAE Creative Media Institute

49. SAE Creative Media Institute

Creative Media Institute is the world’s leading education provider in creative media industries with over 50 campuses globally. SAE offers degree, diploma and certificate courses across the six disciplines of: Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games as well as Interactive Technologies.For over 30 years, SAE Institute has maintained a strong commitment to providing high-quality practical education in creative media technologies, producing graduates with industry skills to fill integral professional roles within the sector. Each course at SAE focuses on teaching high-end technical production techniques specific to its niche, developing broader industry perspectives, and creative, analytical, communication and project management skills.

As an S...

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Flinders University / CDW Studios

50. Flinders University / CDW Studios

In partnership Flinders University and CDW Studios have created a very unique study environment where you are being taught by an instructor who currently works as a professional in that industry. Our instructors are world class, and have experience freelancing and working for some of the world’s top entertainment providers and creators, such as Blizzard Entertainment, Rising Sun Pictures, Disney, Warner Brothers and Lego just to name a few. By employing industry professionals CDW Studios and Flinders University ensure that students receive an intensive industry relevant education along with the critical thinking, analysis and structure that a Flinders University degree provides....

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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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