VFS named the #1 Global Animation School by Animation Career Review

VFS has claimed the #1 spot domestically and internationally for the past eight and six years, respectively.

Announcement Highlights:

  • Vancouver Film School was named #1 on ACR's 'Top 25 for Animation Internationally' and 'Top 10 for Animation in Canada' lists as well as #1 in British Columbia.
  • Nearly 200 schools across the globe were considered.
  • A variety of factors were considered in ACR's rankings, including 'academic reputation', 'employment data', and 'depth and breadth of program'
  • Other schools named alongside VFS include Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Think Tank Training Centre, Germany's Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, and England's National Film and Television School.

(VANCOUVER, B.C.) June 11, 2024 – Vancouver Film School has once again been named the #1 Global Animation School by Animation Career Review, securing the top spot in both 'Top 25 for Animation Internationally' and 'Top 10 for Animation in Canada', as well as #1 in British Columbia. This marks the eighth consecutive year that VFS has been first in Canada and sixth consecutive year as first internationally.

Other schools named alongside VFS include Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Think Tank Training Centre, Algonquin College, Germany's Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, England's National Film and Television School, and Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic.

Animation Career Review, which began publishing in 2012, started its rankings as a response to the high-volume of animators and game designers seeking out top-tier schools around the globe. Every degree-granting school is considered (with the exception of two-year community colleges), and ACR's end goal is to provide students and parents with access to the information necessary to make an informed decision about post-secondary education.

The publication's ranking criteria consists of a variety of factors including 'academic reputation', 'admissions selectivity', 'employment data', 'depth and breadth of the program faculty', 'value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness', 'graduation rate', and 'retention rate'. 195 schools were considered for the 2024 list.

“The rankings from Animation Career Review are something we look forward to every year and the entire VFS animation team is beyond proud. This is a recognition that we've worked hard to achieve and maintain over many years and reflects the hard work of our faculty and the success of our alumni. Being named number one only further motivates us as we strive to offer the highest-quality training for the animation and 3D & VFX industries.” -Colin Giles – Head of School of Animation, VFS

To view the full rankings, click here.



About Vancouver Film School

VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, design, and beyond. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated time frames and offers 15 industry-led programs in which students graduate in 12 months as in-demand creative professionals. In 2023, alumni were credited on 8 of the top 10 domestic grossing films, 7 of the 10 best-selling games, and 8 of the 10 most streamed shows.


About Animation Career Review

Animation Career Review is an online resource for creatives aspiring to pursue careers in animation, game design, graphic design, digital art, and related fields. The organization launched 2011 with the goal to be the most comprehensive source of information for aspiring animation and game design professionals.


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