The Best Creative Schools in The World
- Official Ranking 2017 -

These are the top schools as calculated based on over 1,800 student submissions of portfolios from over 500 international schools in 77 countries for The Rookies in 2016.

How do we rank the best schools?

The ranking of schools 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 content submitted to our judging panel by students, rather than grades provided by staff and facilities.
This is by no means the only ranking you should consider when selecting a school. Other important factors you should research are facilities, staff, and curriculum. This is not something we include in our ranking but we believe our data gives an incredibly accurate ranking of how well schools prepare their graduates for the challenges of industry.

Judges Opinion only

The rankings are based on the scores as awarded by the official judging panel. Opinions by the general public are by no means considered.

Students are judged on their overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, industry skills, variety of content, and how suitable their skills would translate into the real world or production.


The Algorithm

Each school is awarded a final score based on the judges scores for their student's entries. The chart shows how the final school score is then calculated using a full cross section of student submissions.

Best Architecture Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 CICE - Escuela de Nuevas tecnologías Spain, Madrid Contact School
2 Azad University Tehran, Iran Contact School
3 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Contact School
4 University of Guilan Rasht, Guilan, Iran Contact School

Best Film Making Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 School of Visual Arts New York, NY Contact School
2 Chapman University Orange, California Contact School
3 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England Contact School

Best Graphic Design Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 Media Design School Auckland, New Zealand Contact School
2 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States Contact School
3 Shillington Multiple Locations Contact School

Best Illustration Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States Contact School
2 3DSense Media School Singapore, Singapore Contact School
3 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada Contact School
4 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England Contact School
5 Max the Mutt College Toronto, Canada Contact School

Best Motion Graphics Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States Contact School
2 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada Contact School
3 Academy of Art University San Francisco, United States Contact School
4 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England Contact School
5 Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore, Singapore Contact School

Best Next-Gen Gaming Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England Contact School
2 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States Contact School
3 ISART DIGITAL Paris, France Contact School
4 3DSense Media School Singapore, Singapore Contact School
5 Howest University Kortrijk, Belgium Contact School
6 Think Tank Training Centre Vancouver, Canada Contact School
7 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States Contact School
8 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada Contact School
9 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Contact School

Best Photography Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 Media Design School Auckland, New Zealand Contact School
2 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England Contact School
3 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada Contact School
4 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States Contact School
5 Pratt Institute New York, United States Contact School

Best VFX & Animation Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany Contact School
2 GOBELINS Paris, France Contact School
3 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada Contact School
4 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England Contact School
5 Gnomon Los Angeles, United States Contact School
6 Media Design School Auckland, New Zealand Contact School
7 ArtFX Montpellier, France Contact School
8 Academy of Art University San Francisco, United States Contact School
9 The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark Contact School
10 ESMA - Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Art Montpellier, France Contact School

Best Web & Mobile Schools 2017

Rank School Location Contact
1 Vancouver Film School Vancouver, Canada Contact School
2 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, United States Contact School
3 Sheridan College Ontario, Canada Contact School
4 Shillington Multiple Locations Contact School
5 Billy Blue College of Design Multiple Locations Contact School

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