Academy of Art University Tops the Rookies 2019 Global School Rankings

San Francisco, CA, Oct 15, 2019 — Academy of Art University, a San Francisco art school, is ranked as the Best Concept Art & Illustration School in the United States and Top 3 worldwide by Autodesk’s Rookies World School Rankings® for the second year in a row. Additionally, the Academy is also rated as top schools worldwide in Animation and Architectural Visualization, according to the Rookies.

The Rookies World School Rankings® is one of the worlds most respected rankings for educational facilities that prepare artists for careers in creative media and entertainment industries. It utilizes a comprehensive and unique ranking methodology that focus on the quality and performance of student work submitted by thousands of students to a high-profile international judging panel of over 120 experts for the Rookies Award 2019.

Academy of Art University topped the rankings among three categories:

Visual Development Student Work by Hyun Lee - The Rookies 2019
Hyun Lee (VIS) for The Rookies 2019

In addition to the rankings, Academy’s student from the School of Visual Development, Hyun Lee, was named “Rookie of the Year” in the Concept Art & Illustration category of the 2019 Rookies Award, which received 3,458 entries from over 500 academic facilities in 89 countries this year. This is also the second year in a row, Academy’s students are awarded “Rookies of the Year” in the same category.

“We have students from all over the world ask The Rookies about the best schools. It’s crucial for reports like these that provide an independent and unbiased review of where the best students are consistently graduating from”, said Alwyn Hunt, co-founder of The Rookies.


About Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation. Founded in 1929, the Academy offers accredited degree programs in more than 30 areas of study, as well as continuing art education, pre-college art experience programs, professional development, certificates, and teacher grants. Our urban San Francisco campus inspires students with its unique blend of architecture, cultural diversity, and technology. Our hands-on industry-based curriculum is taught by art and design experts who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends. Academy students graduate with strong foundations in art and design, the skills needed to succeed in the professional world, and an entrepreneurial spirit that sticks with them for life. For more information, visit or call 800-544-2787 (U.S. only) or 415-274-2200.

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