The magazine consulted with educators, industry professionals and alumni and based its rankings, not just on the technology, but also the quality of their faculty and facilities, their reputation in the industry and the achievements of their graduates.
In its write-up, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the school’s centerpiece – the Studio Labs complex – is finally complete, with a ribbon-cutting in November on its third and final building, a post-production facility that includes more than 5,000 square feet of editing suites, dubbing bays, a final color room, and a complete Foley sound effects stage.
“Despite being 2,500 miles from Hollywood, the campus continues to attract industry players; visiting mentors this past year included screenwriter Zak Penn, the OA creator Brit Marling, Winston Duke, and Beau Bridges, who is shooting his documentary/feature hybrid, “Acting: The First Six Lessons” at the Studio Labs this summer.
“I was impressed with the vision to produce commercial films with a student crew, mixing the educational and commercial worlds together for the benefit of each,” said Bridges, adding that his “highly prepared” Ringling crew helped production finish two days ahead of schedule.”
In partnership with Semkhor Networks, the Studio Labs brings the film industry’s top talent to campus to collaborate with students on ongoing film projects, sharing their insights to working in the competitive field of filmmaking. Other visiting artists have included Andie MacDowell, Andy Garcia, Anna Paquin, Dylan McDermott, Ed Burns, Forest Whitaker, James Woods, Justin Long, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and many more.
In its list of the top 10 Visual Effects Schools in the World, Ringling College was included among a list that included six international schools, “reflecting the increasingly global nature of the VFX business.”
The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “This four-year college has integrated VFX into various majors, including BFA degrees in motion design, computer animation, film, game art, VR development, and entertainment design.
“Over the past year, Ringling student Eaza Shukla received a Student Academy Award for the short, Re-Gifted, and Aviv Mano’s short Game Changer earned a spot in SIGGRAPH’s upcoming Electronic Theater,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote.