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ACR 2017 Animation School Rankings Released


ACR 2017 Animation School Rankings Released

Animation Career Review has released its 2017 rankings for animation programs at colleges and universities in the United States and across the globe. The ACR has been issuing these lists since 2012, and relies on a variety of criteria to determine its rankings, including academic reputation, admissions selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, value (regarding tuition/student debt) and geographic location (proximity to industry hubs).

The 50 top-ranked US schools this year include the usual heavyweights, and the top 25 international programs list is full of globally recognized names, but as always there are a few breakthroughs. We’ve copied the top 25 schools in both categories below.

ACR 2017 Top Animation Schools – US

  1. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  2. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  3. Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
  4. University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  5. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  6. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  7. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
  8. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  9. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  10. New York University – Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY
  11. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  12. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  13. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  14. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  15. ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadenca, CA
  16. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  17. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  18. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
  19. California College of the Arts, San Francisco & Oakland, CA
  20. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  21. The New School – Parsons, New York, NY
  22. Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Hollywood, CA
  23. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
  24. DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  25. Chapman University, Orange, CA

ACR 2017 Top Animation Schools – International

  1. GOBELINS, The School of Visual Communication, Paris & Noisy-le-Grand, France
  2. Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada
  3. Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada
  4. Supinfocom Rubika, Valenciennes, France; Pune, India; Montreal, Canada
  5. Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg – Animationsinstitut, Ludwigsburg, Germany
  6. National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK
  7. MOPA – Motion Picture in Arles, Arles, France
  8. Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Vancouver, Canada
  9. Lost Boys Studios – School of Visual Effects, Vancouver, Canada
  10. ESMA – Graduate School of Crafts Art, Nantes, Toulouse & Montpellier, France
  11. SCAD – The University for Creative Careers, Hong Kong, China
  12. Think Tank Training Centre, North Vancouver, Canada
  13. Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  14. Aula Tematica, Madrid & Valencia, Spain
  15. Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand; Bangkok, Thailand; Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
  16. The Animation Workshop – VIA University College, Jutland, Denmark
  17. Trazos School of Arts, Madrid, Spain
  18. The Animation School, Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa
  19. Teesside University, Middlesbrough & Darlington, England, UK
  20. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
  21. Créapole, Paris, France
  22. Melies – Escola de Cinema 3D e Animação, São Paulo, Brazil
  23. Royal College of Art, London, UK
  24. Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
  25. Ecole Emile Cohl, Lyon, France

You can find full ranking information at

Animation Career Review

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