Computer Animation, Motion Design, Game Art programs remain best in world ranking #1, #2, #3 in global Rookies competition

The Computer Animation program at Ringling College of Art and Design is widely respected as the best in the world, and the newly published “Rookies World School Rankings” confirms that, yet again.

The program maintained its ranking of #1 in the world for “Best 3D Animation Schools and Colleges in the World 2022,” by The Rookies. Rankings are based on the quality and performance of student work that’s submitted to the judging panel for Rookie Awards.

The Motion Design program moved up to #2 “Best Motion Graphics Schools in the World” (#1 in the US).

The Game Art program ranked #3 in the world for “Best Game Design and Development Schools: Production Excellence – Immersive Media” (#1 in the US).

The College also placed in several other categories. The full list of rankings is available online.

“Our excellence in these areas is a testament to our mission and vision of becoming the pre-eminent art and design college anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “Our students are constantly innovating and pushing their own boundaries, as well as the boundaries of their disciplines. Their successes are a result of our incredible faculty and their dedication, and they both make our programs consistently rank top in the country and the world.”

Ringling’s Computer Animation program gives students experience across all facets of the animation industry. Students learn to create characters and tell their stories as well as design, paint, model, texture, animate, light, composite, and edit original films. Students learn to combine essential technical skills with conceptually original ideas that affect the audience visually, emotionally, and intellectually. 

Created from the convergence of animation, graphic design, advertising, and filmmaking, Ringling’s Motion Design program is cross-disciplinary at its core. Students learn how to craft powerful animated visual communications for any type of screen, integrating various image-making technologies and media including 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, visual effects, graphic design, concept development, videography, and sound design.

The Game Art program challenges students to develop artistic techniques, study the mechanics of computer and video game design and interactivity, and master leading software while learning textures, lighting, player options, and engagement. Students are challenged to make playable experiences that put their hands on the controller to execute stellar games with rich stories. 

Rookie (student) Awards

Ringling Computer Animation alumni also took top spots in the 12th annual student “Rookie of the Year (2022)” competition. 

  • In the 3D animation competition, Alexandria Siah ’22 was named the 2022 Rookie of the Year. Fellow Ringling student Kate Valliant ’22 was selected as the Runner Up.
  • In the Motion Graphics competition, Amanda Godreau ’22 was named the 2022 Rookie of the Year. Fellow student Daniel Salaverri ’22 won the “People’s Choice” award.

More than 4,401 entries were submitted for the competition from 523 schools in 91 countries.

To learn more about Ringling’s award-winning students, alumni, and faculty, visit the online newsroom.






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Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
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CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
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CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


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