Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence 2021
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Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence 2021

2021 Update! The Best Schools and Colleges in the World to learn visual effects and animation in a production environment.

The 2021 Best Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence 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.

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.

During the Rookie Awards 2021, 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.

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Visual Effects
Top Schools and Colleges in 2021 for Production Excellence

The official rankings for 2021 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 ArtFX School France 128.22
2 Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Germany 81.02
3 ECV Creative Schools & Community France 75.36
4 Escape Studios United Kingdom 69.54
5 ISART Digital France, Canada 68.30
6 School of Visual Arts United States 47.67

3D Animation
Top Schools and Colleges in 2021 for Production Excellence

The official rankings for 2021 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 ArtFX School France 128.22
2 Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Germany 81.02
3 ECV Creative Schools & Community France 75.36
4 Escape Studios United Kingdom 69.54
5 ISART Digital France, Canada 68.30
6 School of Visual Arts United States 47.67

2D Animation
Top Schools and Colleges in 2021 for Production Excellence

The official rankings for 2021 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 GOBELINS, l'école de l'image France 83.71
2 ArtFX School France 78.61
3 School of Visual Arts United States 74.86
4 The Animation Workshop/ VIA University College Denmark 72.16
5 Savannah College of Art and Design Multiple Locations 70.98
6 ECV Creative Schools & Community France 70.31
7 University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom, Online 64.45
8 Cleveland Institute of Art United States 63.58
9 DigiPen Institute of Technology Multiple Locations 61.21
10 University of South Wales United Kingdom, Online 45.36

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Top entries submitted by Visual Effects and Animation Schools - Production Excellence 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.

Experiment

Experiment is our graduation short film, directed by Zoé Berton-Bojko, Susana Covo Pérez, Guillaume Heussler, Yann Kacprzak & Margot Wiriath.

Longing

Longing - A Netherlands Film Academy graduation animated short. Made by the Visual Effects class of 2021.

FINN

Hello everyone, it's a pleasure to be with you all here! Here is our entry for this contest with our graduation movie directed by Hugo Trenoras, Quentin Marsollier, Thibaut Sertin and Vincent Larcher....

Short film: "La Vida de una Piñata"

“La Vida de una Piñata'' is a colorful CGI graduation film by Elena Heller, Marina Kunz, Kai Müri and Raphael Pfyffer made at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Trésor - Short Film

Trésor is a short animated film made during our graduation year at Ecole Des Nouvelles Images in 2020. Directed by Alexandre Manzanares, Guillaume Cosenza, Philipp Merten and Silvan Moutte -- Roulet.

Timmy's Monster - 2021 Animated Short Film

The film follows the journey of a boy named Timmy who is born the strongest and tallest out of his siblings. Timmy expects his monster companion to share his same qualities. To his disbelief, he ends ...

New Tricks

This is my Senior Thesis project for Ringling College of Art and Design. I designed, modeled, textured, rigged, animated, lit, and composited all the characters and assets in the piece. I focused heav...

Barking Orders

This project is the culmination of everything I've learned at Ringling and hopefully will be my passport to new experiences and memories at studios and festivals around the world.

AGAPE

Eliott is a 13 year-old boy, forced to follow his mother through teleportation out of her control. But will his love for her be enough to bear the weight of their relationship?

Pirate Lesson

"Pirate Lesson" is a 3D animated short with 2D effects that aimed to achieve a painterly style. The story follows a fierce captain who finds a battle as the perfect opportunity to give his son (Mr. Me...

Le Roi Tulipe

"Le Roi Tulipe" is a student short film made during our graduation year at ESMA Nantes. Directed by Chloé CHAPART, Agnès DEJEAN, Dorian DOUAUD, Flavien DURAME, Audrey RIOUX and Alexis ROUSSEAU.

Kiwi's Dream

When an origami kiwi dreams of flying in the clouds, his friends decide to help him.

Space Kitchen

"Space Kitchen" is a graduation short movie made at Bellecour Ecole. Here are the team members : Jennifer Delle Monache, Amandine Bernard, François Pellé, Gael De Franca, Alexia Merlin and Gaelle R...

Time's Down - 2020 Artfx Film

A thief with the ability to slow down time is being chased by the Time Police. He tries to make it out on the rooftops of a gigantic futuristic city. Directors: Valentin Soulard, Francois Brugalier...

Dirty Talk

Dirty Talk tells the heartwarming tale of two friends on a quest for a solution to their smelly problem. Filled with tragedy and greatness, this story will leave a lasting stench on your soul...

Je suis un Caillou

"Je suis un Caillou" is a student short film made during our graduation year at ESMA Nantes. Directed by Mélanie BERTERAUT-PLATON, Yasmine BRESSON, Léo COULOMBIER, Nicolas GRONDIN, Maxime LE CHAPELAIN...

MOON KEEPER

Moon Keeper is a graduation short film made by six CGI students from ArtFX : Axel ALVAREZ, Arthur AMANATIOU, Léo COHEN, Nicolas GRESLAND, Maxime RICHARD and Michaël RAUX

Final Deathtination

Final Deathtination is my senior thesis film. I was responsible for all aspects from storyboards to final rendering. The film is about a suicidal man who is about to hang himself but then encounters D...

La Source des Montagnes

"La Source des Montagnes" is a student short film made during our graduation year at ESMA Nantes. Directed by Adrien COMMUNIER, Camille DI DIO, Benjamin FRANCOIS, Pierre GORICHON, Briag MALLAT and Mar...

EXODUS

Quelle évolution pour l’humanité dans les prochaines années si l’homme ne freine pas son inconscience ? « Exodus » vous projette dans une dystopie implacable…


How we calculate the school rankings

Our rankings focus on the quality of short films submitted to the Rookie Awards 2021 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 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.

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