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The Rookies announces 2018 School of the Year winners

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Bradley Thorne

Winners were chosen across five categories, with the help of over 60 industry experts

The Rookies announces 2018 School of the Year winners

The results of this year’s Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools in the World are broken down into five categories: Best Animation Schools, Best Digital Illustration Schools, Best 3D Motion Graphics Schools, Best Game Development Schools and Best Visual Effects Schools. Over 60 influential industry experts, from all over the world, were drafted in to help put the awards together.

Los Angeles based institute Gnomon took first place in two categories, Best Animation and Best Visual Effects. Elsewhere, Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia) landed the top spot for Best Digital Illustration.

Best 3D Motion Graphics saw Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, United States) awarded number one. Meanwhile, Howest University (Kortrijk, Belgium) was voted top in the Best Game Development category.

3,000 students submitted 10,000 digital projects for review by the judging panel between March and May 2018. Awards were handed out according to both the quality and performance of each submission.

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

He adds: “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.”

At a time when studios are reporting a lack of skilled students applying for entry-level roles, Alwyn Hunt, co-founder of The Rookies, reveals: “We have students from all over the world ask The Rookies about the best schools. It’s crucial for reports like these that provide an independent and unbiased review of where the best students are consistently graduating from.”

Judges included John Howe (famed for his J. R. R. Tolkien worlds), Pavani Boddapati (CG Supervisor at Weta Digital), Rob Coleman (Head of Animation at Animal Logic) and 60 other industry veterans. Each member of the panel was asked to score entries based on criteria including: creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential.

A full list of the top ten schools in each category as well a break down of how the data is collected and analysed can be found here. Submissions for the 2019 awards will open on March 7th.