Top 100 international animation schools

Animation and game/graphic design have become solid career path choices for creativly orientated students. Did you know we have some world-ranked animation schools right here in NZ?


US-based Animation Career Review has published its list of the top 100 international animation schools, the ones not based in America.

The criteria for this list includes the following, in no particular order: Academic reputation, Admission selectivity (how easy to get in), Depth and breadth of the program, Cost and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness and the institution’s Geographic location

The list features four animation training institutions in New Zealand, led by Media Design School which was rated in the top 20 on the international list.

Also featured are Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, Yoobee School of Design in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, along with Animation College in Auckland.

Animation courses you can do in NZ

Media Design School has first bases covered

Media Design School has several programs to launch your career in each of the following fields of study: Games, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Creative Advertising, Interactive, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design and AR/VR. They offer a 3D Animation & Visual Effects Bachelor of Art & Design in a three year program, plus have a range of scholarships available.

Check out the list of the world’s best ranked non-USA animation schools.

The top twenty five schools are ranked 1-25 at the bottom of the article. The remaining 75 schools are listed alphabetically by country, rather than ranked numerically. 

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