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Top 20 Schools to Study VFX/Animation and Next-Gen Gaming for 2015

The School of the Year – Top 20 list was calculated based on the voting of over 1,000 submissions of portfolios from students and recent graduates studying at 216 International schools and training facilities.

Each school was awarded points based on data collected from the performance of submissions from students in four of the main Award categories: Student of the Year – VFX/Animation, Student of the Year – Next-Gen Gaming, Film of the Year, and Game of the Year. The following data was then weighted to give each School their overall score:

  • Number of students who entered
  • Number of finalists
  • Number of Highly Commended
  • Number of Runner-Up
  • Number of Winners
  • Average Rank of Entry per School

Having access to over 1,000 entries ranked from top-to-bottom by industry experts is an extremely powerful indicator of where the best talent is coming from on a global scale

Andrew McDonald, The Rookies – CoFounder.

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

During the judging process, one of three possible ranks were awarded based on the judges score card entry:

  • Slayer (A): Spectacular abilities with amazing skills. Absolutely ready for an industry job.
  • Pressed (B) : Hyper-focused on perfecting their solid skills. Very talented and capable.
  • Thirsty (C) : Skills not quite perfected yet, some good knowledge and potential.

For each School, the average rank for their students was calculated to give each school their “Average Rank of Students” which is a highly accurate representation of the average skill level for students graduating their courses.

A real highlight for us is seeing the Media Design School, New Zealand, make such a dramatic jump up the ladder from previous years. It’s the first time we have actually seen a school from the Oceania region claim a spot in the list.

Alwyn Hunt, The Rookies, CoFounder

Students looking to study Visual Effects, Animation, or Next-Gen Gaming will not go wrong with any of the 20 school programs that made The Rookies ranking lists for 2015. They are all incredible schools and continue to generate and nurture amazing talent.


Rank School Location Score
1. Gnomon Los Angeles, USA 351
2. Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, USA 316
3. Think Tank Training Center Vancouver, Canada 226
4. Media Design School Auckland, New Zealand 226
5. The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark 188
6. Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada 175
7. ArtFX Montpellier, France 166
8. Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, USA 165
9. Academy of Art University San Francisco, USA 148
10. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany 136
11. Sheridan College Oakville, Canada 130
12. University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, UK 122
13. Full Sail University Winter Park, USA 120
14. ISART DIGITAL Paris, France 120
15. Bellecour School Lyon, France 109
16. Bournemouth University Bournemouth, UK 91
17. Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, USA 91
18. National Animation and Design Centre Montréal, Canada 81
19. 3dsense Media School Central, Singapore 79
20. L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués Paris, France 73



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