MSU Among Top Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design in 2012

Posted on: April 27, 2012

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Michigan State University is ranked as one of the top undergraduate schools for studying video gaming design in the United States and Canada, according to the Princeton Review. For the past three years, the Princeton Review has chosen the top schools for their outstanding game design education programs. "We are very pleased to be ranked as a top program for the second year in a row," said Brian Winn, director of the undergraduate Game Design and Development Specialization in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. "We continue to grow our program with new faculty hires, enhanced curriculum, and additional opportunities for students to connect with the gaming industry."

The Game Design and Development Specialization was started in 2005 as an interdisciplinary program between the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Department of Art and Art History. The specialization complements the breadth and depth of knowledge students acquire in their majors with a multidisciplinary understanding of game design and development. Through the four courses in the specialization, students learn the technology, design fundamentals, and development process of digital games, as well as the history, social impacts, and business of games. Students also gain valuable skills in communicating and collaborating in team-based projects while building a strong portfolio of games. After an application process, 40 juniors are admitted into the specialization each year. Currently there are 80 students in the specialization.

The Princeton Review, one of America's best-known education services, chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in the 2011-12 academic year of administrators at 150 institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States and Canada. The survey, which included more than 50 questions, covered a wide range of topics from academics, curriculum, and faculty credentials to graduates' employment and career achievements. School selections were based on a comprehensive analysis of data that analyzed the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus the school's scholarships, financial aid and career services. Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher, "It has long been our mission to help students find -- and get into -- the schools best for them to purse their interests and develop their talents. For the burgeoning number of students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Michigan State as one of the best and most innovate institutions to study and succeed in this exciting field. We also salute the faculty and administrators at MSU and the other schools on our 2012 list for their extraordinary programs and commitment to students."

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