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Best Creative Schools in the World for 2016

This page shows the results for 2016 entries. It was originally titled School of the Year 2017. The idea behind the offset in dates was to show the best schools to attend if you were looking to study in 2016. We realised this created confusion and as a result we have reverted to a standard year based system. This page has been change to 2016 results based on 2016 entries.

Sponsored by Autodesk, The Rookies today announced the official rankings for the best creative schools in the world for 2016. The results were calculated based on the voting of 1,800 submissions of portfolios from students and recent graduates studying at over 500 international schools and training facilities.

Each school was awarded points based on data collected from the performance of submissions from students across nine of the Award categories: Architecture, Film Making, Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Next-Gen Gaming, Photography, Visual Effects & Animation, Web & Mobile.

 

The following data was used to give schools an overall score: number of finalists, number of highly commended, number of runner-up, number of winners, average score of students and number of students.

“Having access to over 1,800 students ranked from top-to-bottom by industry professionals is an extremely powerful indicator of where the best talent is coming from on a global scale”, said Andrew McDonald, Co-Founder at The Rookies.

The judging panel – including Academy Awards® winner Joe Letteri from Weta Digital and Guillaume Rocheron from MPC – voted for entries based on criteria including: creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, raw talent and employment potential.

“A real highlight for us is seeing some of the lesser know schools make such a dramatic jump up the ladder from previous years and take on the big establishments.” said Alwyn Hunt, Co-Founder at The Rookies.

ARCHITECTURE

  1. CICE – ESCUELA DE NUEVAS TECNOLOGÍAS (Spain, Madrid)
  2. AZAD UNIVERSITY (Tehran, Iran)
  3. FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY (Winter Park, Florida)
  4. UNIVERSITY OF GUILAN (Rasht, Guilan, Iran)

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  1. MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL (Auckland, New Zealand)
  2. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (Savannah, United States)
  3. SHILLINGTON (Multiple Locations)

FILM MAKING

  1. SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS (New York, NY)
  2. CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY (Orange, California)
  3. UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (Hatfield, England)

ILLUSTRATION

  1. GNOMON (Los Angeles, United States)
  2. 3DSENSE MEDIA SCHOOL (Singapore, Singapore)
  3. THINK TANK TRAINING CENTRE (Vancouver, Canada)
  4. UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (Hatfield, England)
  5. MAX THE MUTT COLLEGE (Toronto, Canada)

MOTION GRAPHICS

  1. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (Savannah, United States)
  2. VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL (Vancouver, Canada)
  3. ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY (San Francisco, United States)
  4. UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (Hatfield, England)
  5. NANYANG POLYTECHNIC (Singapore, Singapore)

PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL (Auckland, New Zealand)
  2. UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (Hatfield, England)
  3. VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL (Vancouver, Canada)
  4. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (Savannah, United States)
  5. PRATT INSTITUTE (New York, United States)

NEXT-GEN GAMING

  1. UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (Hatfield, England)
  2. GNOMON (Los Angeles, United States)
  3. ISART DIGITAL (Paris, France)
  4. 3DSENSE MEDIA SCHOOL (Singapore, Singapore)
  5. HOWEST UNIVERSITY (Kortrijk, Belgium)
  6. THINK TANK TRAINING CENTRE (Vancouver, Canada)
  7. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (Savannah, United States)
  8. VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL (Vancouver, Canada)
  9. FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY (Winter Park, Florida)

VISUAL EFFECTS & ANIMATION

  1. FILMAKADEMIE BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Ludwigsburg, Germany)
  2. GOBELINS (Paris, France)
  3. VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL (Vancouver, Canada)
  4. UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (Hatfield, England)
  5. GNOMON (Los Angeles, United States)
  6. MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL (Auckland, New Zealand)
  7. ARTFX (Montpellier, France)
  8. ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY (San Francisco, United States)
  9. THE ANIMATION WORKSHOP (Viborg, Denmark)
  10. ESMA – ECOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES MÉTIERS ART (Montpellier, France)

WEB & MOBILE

  1. VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL (Vancouver, Canada)
  2. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (Savannah, United States)
  3. SHERIDAN COLLEGE (Ontario, Canada)
  4. SHILLINGTON (Multiple Locations)
  5. BILLY BLUE COLLEGE OF DESIGN (Multiple Locations)

 

For more information about our ranking system and to learn more about these amazing schools, please visit the official results page and our school directory.

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