To: All CA Students
The March issue of 3D World Magazine has announced the Top Ten Schools
for 3D in North America (US & Canada). The number one school is....
Ringling School of Art & Design. Underneath our name, the caption reads
"One of the oldest art schools in the US, Ringling is renowned for
training some of the best animation talent in the world."
That would be you. Congratulations!
Here is the complete list of the Top Ten in order (they reviewed 50
1) Ringling School of Art & Design
2) Academy of Art University
3) Savannah College of Art & Design
4) Sheridan College
5) Mis-print but appears to be CalArts
6) University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
7) Pratt Institute
8) Gnomon School of Visual Effects
9) Full Sail
10) Vancouver Film School
I'm not sure who would rank Full sail over VFS, but it says the listing
was compiled "using data and recommendations provided by a panel of
industry figures and recruiting departments at the major animation,
visual effects and video game studios." It also says "these are the
schools the industry tends to look to most often for new talent and
whose students can often be found showcasing their work and winning
awards at festivals."
There is also a nice quote from CA graduate David Gibson...
"When I received my BFA from Ringling I had no idea how important it
would be to my future. It's taken a few years, but I've come to realize
how well my education prepared me for a career in animation. During my
Senior year, I was fortunate enough to meet Todd Labonte from Tippett
Studio, and was hired as an animator for "Charlotte's Web." Ringling
prepared us to be successful outside of the school and enabled us to
walk into our positions at studios as professionals rather than students."
If you want to pick up the issue, it is at Barnes & Noble. The magazine
is issue number 88, and the articles are bundled with it in a second
supplement called "3D Training- The Complete Guide."