Back-to-Back World ‘Rookies’ Win for Flinders Uni

Flinders University has backed up its reputation as the world’s best digital illustration school winning the hotly contested The Rookies  #1 in the world for Digital Illustration title for the second year in a row.

In partnership with CDW Studios, Flinders students triumphed over peers across 581 academic institutions worldwide to win the 2018 award.

Lecturer Katie Cavanagh says the win is testament to the calibre of students, tutors and lecturers, as well as the Flinders Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) three year degree.

“Winning the Rookies, School of the Year: Digital Illustration in 2017 was amazing; holding the title for the second year against such strong competition underscores the rigour of our world class degree,” Ms Cavanagh says.

“Of particular note, Flinders students were ranked among the most industry-ready participants in the international competition.”

CDW Studios founder Simon Scales says the Flinders/CDW entry was impressive for the number of students participating and the consistently high quality of work.

“We had 93 student images involved in our entry and the scoring takes every one of them into consideration. The overall standard of work from first to third years was incredible,” says Mr Scales.

“We had roughly equal numbers of males and females make the draft. In a traditionally male dominated industry we are really proud to be turning out such as strong and balanced cohort.”

Rookies winners have gone on to work on films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mummy, Wonder Woman and Iron Man and AAA level games such as Hellblade, Far Cry and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.



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