The University of South Wales has become one of only a small number of institutions in the world to be awarded Certified School status by The Rookies, an internationally recognised organisation that celebrates and scrutinises digital projects of creative students worldwide.
The Animation, VFX and Games design courses at USW have been certified as part of The Rookies’ in-depth selection process to assess creative schools, aiming to ensure that only the best institutions are accepted, so that the accolade remains exclusive.
Founded in 2010, The Rookies is a community for students and non-professional digital artists to showcase their work on a platform that is supported and evaluated by professionals from some of the biggest studios in the world. It has become the global platform for aspiring new talent to showcase their digital imagery, and notably runs the influential Rookies student awards to promote the best emerging talent from select schools across the world.
Being a Rookies Certified School identifies USW as one of the best in the world for preparing students for a career in the creative industries.
The prestigious accreditation is awarded by invite-only to those institutions that provide the most up to date and relevant industry training to its students.
As part of the rigorous evaluation process for the Animation, VFX and Games courses at USW, The Rookies panel looked at the quality of student work, alumni success stories, graduate destinations, the University’s relationships with industry organisations and many more associated factors.
In 2018, the University's Computer Animation course was also named one of the top ten 3D Animation courses in the world, according to The Rookies CG Student Awards.
Gareth Hutchinson, course leader for Computer Games Animation, co-ordinated the application process for The Rookies certification.
He said: “This is fantastic news for USW and especially for these subject areas. It’s an endorsement of the years of hard work by staff and students, our brilliant facilities and resources.
“At USW we’ve had an international reputation for many years, but this really shows the high quality of work that students are producing nowadays as being comparable on a global stage.
“The Rookies is seen by the whole industry as an effective means of channelling students towards the best courses in the world, and it’s amazing to be part of that.”