Escape Studios smashes Rookies World School Rankings ® 2019

Escape Studios places in the top 10 schools globally in three categories in the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019, the world’s most respected rankings for educational facilities that prepare artists for careers in creative media and entertainment industries.

The Rookie Awards 2019 received 3,548 entries from aspiring digital artists around the world. Today, The Rookies announced the winners for the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019. 

Escape Studios has placed 4th in the Top Visual Effects Schools Production Excellence category, 9th in the Console & PC - Production Excellence category and 2nd in the Immersive Media Production Excellence category.

The official rankings for 2019 were calculated based on the performance of student team-based projects submitted to the industry panel of 120 influential industry experts. 

This success comes a few months after the Escape Studios Games, VFX and Animation students made a stellar showing in this years' Rookies contest, with multiple projects reaching the finals in all three disciplines, and a number winning "Runner Up" or "Highly Commended". 

For example, the BAFTA short-listed short film Jericho was directed by animator Sarah Andrews and produced by Matt Wight was "Highly Commended" in the category of VFX Film of the Year. Jericho has been accepted in multiple film festivals and has won a number of awards, including Best Animation and Best VFX at the Nexus film festival. Jericho is also playing alongside shorts from Pixar and Disney in the BFI London Film Festival.

About The Rookies

The Rookies is a platform to help digital artists to get discovered without having to compete with professionals for attention. It brings together students, artists, enthusiasts, education facilities, studios and recruiters to form a creative community. 

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About Escape Studios
Education powered by industry experience and built by the best industry minds.

Escape Studios are pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. With industry engagement at its core, Escape Studios’ approach to industry-focused learning, is what sets it apart from the rest.

Escape harnesses the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists. Students are taught by well-connected industry experts that have worked on the likes of The Dark Knightthe Lion King and Harry Potter, plus games for multiple PlayStation titles; tapping into real insight built from years of experience in the creative industries. This is also harnessed through an industry-led Advisory Board, bringing together talent from the top studios in the sector, including Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, to design, develop and deliver programmes.

Escape’s 4000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) include BAFTA and Oscar winners; they’ve worked on VFX blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book, Dr Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, Interstellar and Gravity. They’ve also worked on bestselling games (Assassin’s Creed and Forza Horizon), award winning adverts, and some have even set-up their own studios.