news • 19 October 2023

Escape Studios recognised as the world leader for Production Excellence in Immersive Media by The Rookies

The 2023 Rookies Rankings are in, and Escape Studios is ahead of the game, taking the lead to be ranked number one in the world for Production Excellence in Immersive Media.  

According to The Rookies “Production Excellence in Immersive Media Games represents a prestigious recognition that celebrates schools for their outstanding dedication to teaching the art of game development for augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and virtual reality (VR) platforms...These schools transcend traditional game development education by immersing students in an environment that mirrors a professional game development studio, with a particular focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of AR, MR, and VR game development.” 

Dean/Director of Interactive and Real Time Simon Fenton said: “VR is a passion of ours at Escape Studios, every year our 3rd year students work on an intensive collaborative project that involves all aspects of games production, it is a challenging project that utilises a great deal of technical and artistic knowledge, combining stunning visuals with a high level of optimisation. We are thrilled that our students work has been recognised by the industry panel at the Rookies as the best in the world. Our graduates have gone on to work at VR developers such as nDreams and XR games as well as working in Realtime VR related industries such as Architecture and other immersive media.” 

Further to this Escape Studios are once again placed in the top 10 UK Creative Schools for a third year running and are in the top 10 Schools in the World for Production Excellence in Visual Effects for the fifth year running. 

Highlights from the 2023 Rookies Rankings: 

  • Production Excellence in Immersive Media - 1st in the world 

  • Production Excellence in Visual Effects - 3rd in the UK, 10th in the world 

  • 3D Animation - 3rd in the UK, 27th in the world 

  • Game Design and Development- 4th in the UK, 18th in the world 

Dr Ian Palmer, Principal of Escape Studios, said: “We’re delighted that once again our students’ work has again been recognised as amongst the best in the world across our courses. Whilst we always ask our tutors and students to aim high, we never take this for granted, and every year we strive to improve on our previous year’s performance, pushing the boundaries and encouraging students to take risks and explore their limits. This amazing performance in immersive media reinforces our place at the cutting edge of our field.” 

The Rookies has been ranking creative media and entertainment schools since 2009 with the goal of helping aspiring artists find trusted schools to help them forge successful careers in creative fields.   

Escape Studios is one of the UK's leading animation, games and VFX schools, supplying the industry with studio-ready talent. Approved and endorsed internationally as a Rookies and Houdini certified school, we take students with raw talent and shape them into the creative professionals the industry needs. With courses designed and delivered with industry experts, our students learn from the best within a welcoming, close-knit and successful community, reflected through our award-winning students and Escapees (alumni).