Ringling College Ranks Globally at The Rookies

Ringling College Ranks Globally at The Rookies

This week, two Ringling College of Art and Design programs were ranked top global programs in The Rookies World School Rankings 2019. These rankings are based on the “quality of student portfolios that are submitted to [the] judging panel which best reflect the recruitment interview process.”


animation still of firetruck props putting out a fire prop

The Department of Motion Design was ranked #2 in the “Top 6 3D Motion Graphics Schools 2019” and the Game Art program was named #3 Game Design program and the top degree program among the “Top 10 Game Design Schools 2019.” The programs were selected out of 3,548 entrants from 500 schools, 89 countries, and 38,838 uploads.

The Ringling College Motion Design program moved into the #2 spot from #3 last year in the category of 3D Motion Graphics. This year, fourth-year Motion Design student Douglas Alberts won the category and was named Rookie of the Year for 3D Motion Graphics. In addition, the department took three of the 16 finalist spots in the category.

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The Head of the Department of Motion Design, Ed Cheetham, comments, “We are so proud of all our students, and their well-deserved achievements. Having a rising Motion Design senior, Doug Alberts, win Rookie of the Year is quite an honor. This recognition by The Rookies is a reflection of the quality educational experience that our students receive at Ringling College and the talent and dedication of our amazing Motion Design faculty. The ranking acknowledges what leaders in the motion design industry already know, that Ringling graduates are talented, highly creative, and industry-ready."

Ringling College Game Art was named #3 in the Game Design category and the highest-ranked degree program in the world. Morgan Woolverton, Interim Department Head for Game Art and Virtual Reality Development remarks, "We are terrifically proud of the accomplishments of our students. Their daring imagination and dedication to the art of making games make them the future leaders in the industry. Having The Rookies acknowledge these students is a rare honor."

The Rookies World School Rankings 2019 are “the world’s most respected rankings for educational facilities that prepare artists for careers in creative media and entertainment industries.” According to the website, “The Rookies World School Rankings® 2019 is based on the quality and performance of student work submitted to the Rookie Awards 2019. The awards received 3,458 entries from digital media and entertainment artists in 89 countries. Over 500 academic facilities encouraged their students to submit work and compete for the hotly contested School of the Year titles which have been announced today as part of the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019.”

Congratulations to the students who submitted and to the hardworking Game Art and Motion Design faculty!

About The Rookies

The Rookies – sponsored by Autodesk – is an annual awards and mentor platform open to young creatives in film, animation, games, VR, motion graphics and architecture visualisation.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit, fully-accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. www.ringling.edu 

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