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The Rookies reveal 2017’s best creative schools

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Carrie Mok

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The Rookies reveal 2017's best creative schools

The Rookies has announced its official rankings for the world’s best creative schools for 2017.

Listing a range of schools from Canada to Singapore, The Rookies have based their rankings on a methodology that assesses the quality and performance of student work who enter their mentor and awards platform.

Students at some of these schools have gone on to work on films (such as Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mummy, Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers) and AAA level games (such as Hellblade, Far Cry and Middle- earth: Shadow of Mordor).

“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,” co-founder of The Rookies, Andrew McDonald, explains.

“This might work in an industry that follows a more-traditional career path, however, when it comes to technical and creative roles like visual effects, feature animation and games, it’s a lot more complicated,” he adds.

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany topped the Best VFX School, while Gnomon topped the list for Best Animation School.

The Rookies reveal 2017's best creative schools
The Rookies co-founders Alwyn and Andrew.

“At a time when studios report a lack of skilled students applying for entry-level roles, it’s crucial for reports like these that highlight to students where they should study,” Alwyn Hunt, co-founder of The Rookies, reveals.

On the future of The Rookies, Andrew and Alwyn have exclusively revealed to 3D Artist their plans for 2018, “Judging this year’s awards highlighted to me why we need some kind of certification process,” Andrew says. “I came across a recent honours graduate who had studied for five years. While reading the student’s bio, you could feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, but that fact was it was one of the weakest portfolios I have seen to date and there was absolutely no chance the graduate was industry ready.”

The goal behind the certification is to allow digital artists to enhance their credibility and career success by passing an industry-approved review process recognised by schools, employers and industry stakeholders.

“It will provide all digital artists with a clear checklist of industry-approved skills they need to display in their portfolios when applying for jobs. We want to clear up the confusion as creative skills are very different to traditional business skills where you just take an exam to prove your knowledge. It’s a lot more complicated and needs clearer guidelines before it’s too late,” Andrew explains.

The Rookies reveal 2017's best creative schools

Below are the rest of the rankings for Best VFX and Animation and Best Next-Gen Gaming schools.

Best Animation Schools 2017
1. Gnomon, Los Angeles, United States
2. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
3. Think Tank Training Centre, Vancouver, Canada
4. Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada
5. University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
6. Bellecour Ecole, Lyon, France
7. Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
8(=). ArtFx, Montpellier, France
8(=). Howest University – DAE, Kortrijk, Belgium
8(=). SUPINFOCOM Rubika, Multiple Locations

Best Digital Illustration Schools 2017
1. Flinders University / CDW Studios, Adelaide, Australia
2. New3dge, Paris, France
3. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
4(=). Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, United States
4(=). The One Academy, Malaysia, Malaysia
6(=). 3dsense Media School, Singapore, Singapore
6(=). HOWEST, Kortrijk, Belgium
8. Gnomon, Los Angeles, United States
9. Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada
10. University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Best Motion Graphics Schools 2017
1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, United States
2. Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada
3. Billy Blue College of Design, Australia
4. 3D College Denmark, Grenaa, Denmark
5(=). 3dsense Media School, Singapore, Singapore
5(=). Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, Singapore
5(=). Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida, United States
8. HOWEST, Kortrijk, Belgium

Best Game Design & Development Schools 2017
1. Howest University – DAE, Kortrijk, Belgium
2. The Game Assembly, Malmo, Sweden
3. Gnomon, Los Angeles, United States
4. University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
5. Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida, United States
6(=). Objectif 3D, Montpellier, France
6(=). Think Tank Training Centre, Vancouver, Canada
8(=). Academy of Art University, San Francisco, United States
8(=). New3dge, Paris, France
10. 3dsense Media School, Singapore, Singapore

Best Visual Effects School 2017
1. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
2. Think Tank Training Centre, Vancouver, Canada
3. Gnomon, Los Angeles, United States
4. ArtFx, Montpellier, France
5. Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects, Canada
6. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, United States
7. Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada
8. New3dge, Paris, France
9. 3dsense Media School, Singapore, Singapore
10. Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

What do you think, should your school be up here? How do you judge the best schools? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Objectif 3D

    Proud of the 6th place for the Best Game Design & Development Schools 2017. First french school 🙂 Proud of our genius students !
    http://www.objectif3d.com/