Teesside University has again been ranked as one of the world’s leading animation schools and placed in the top three in UK in a new league table published this week.

Animation Career Review, which ranks Teesside third in the UK for animation, also lists the University as eighth across Europe and 19th across the world.

The global list of top 25 universities and colleges which offer animation courses includes institutions in England, France, Canada, Denmark, Argentina, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. Animation Career Review considered 167 global institutions in preparing this year’s annual international rankings.

The rankings were announced in the same week that Teesside University’s renowned Animex Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary, bringing stars from the animation and games worlds to share their insider knowledge and expertise.

This year’s Animex line-up has remained as diverse as ever, ranging from Disney and Pixar, to the creators of the latest Marvel Spider-Man game and special effects wizards who worked on Game of Thrones. Over the past two decades Animex has attracted animation legends such as stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.

The University’s School of Computing & Digital Technologies is also celebrating students’ work in computer innovation, technology and the arts at its annual ExpoTees exhibition this week. ExpoTees gives final year students an opportunity to showcase their work to guests from industry, education and business as they prepare to join the workforce.

In addition, the University has been hosting a special BBC event on campus, with the BBC celebrating the University’s involvement in the creative industries, as part of the build-up to the Radio 1 Big Weekend due to take place at Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park.

Teesside University has a global reputation in the creative and digital industries and, in terms of animation, Teesside graduates have gone on to work on blockbuster film titles including, Avengers, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Spider Man and Moana.

Dr Gordon Marshall, Acting Dean, School of Computing & Digital Technologies, said: “We are delighted that our animation courses have continued to achieve these rankings, bringing well-earned recognition for our academic staff and many of our students who have gone on have successful careers in the animation industry.”