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MSU game design programs secure back-to-back top rankings by Princeton Review

Posted on: March 21, 2016

gel-lab-20150827-9859 copyMSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences has got game.

For the second year in a row, the undergraduate game design program offered by the Department of Media and Information has been ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the top programs in North America to study game design. The graduate program also secured a spot in the top 10 for the first time, further strengthening MSU's position as a key player in the game design and development arena.

"We've been expanding the game curriculum, hiring new faculty, and enhancing our facilities," says Brian Winn, associate professor of media and information. "The quality and creativity of our student work continues to get better and better each year."

The Princeton Review is one of America's best-known education and admission service companies. The review has ranked best schools to study game design since 2010. MSU ranked 8th on the 2016 list of the top 25 undergraduate schools, moving just slightly from last year's 7th place spot. The graduate program ranked 10th in the 7th annual survey, jumping five spots from last year's 15th place ranking.

"It's great to continue to receive recognition for our game program from the Princeton Review," says Winn. "It's particularly exciting that both our undergraduate and graduate programs are recognized as top programs in the country."

Established in 2005, MSU's undergraduate game design program enables students to learn the technology, design fundamentals and development process of digital games. Students gain valuable skills in communicating and collaborating in team-based projects while building a strong portfolio of games.

The graduate certificate program in serious game design and research was launched in Fall 2012. Students can complete the program as a stand-alone certificate or as part of an MSU graduate degree program. Courses can be taken online or in person on MSU's campus.

The 2016 list of best schools to study game design by Princeton Review was released in March. The results were based on a 2015 survey of 150 institutions that offer game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada and some countries abroad. The selection and ranking of schools was derived from criteria that broadly covered the quality of the faculty, facilities and technology, as well as data collected on a school's curriculum and career services.
2016 Top Schools for Game Design Infographic

Source: The Princeton Review

The monthly magazine, PC Gamer, also runs an annual article with survey highlights and includes information on many of the ranked schools' degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors and alumni.

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Study Abroad Takes Students to Japan and South Korea

Posted on: June 16, 2015

Japan Study Abroad

The Department of Media and Information recently concluded its study abroad programs in Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to speak with professionals in the game design industry and to experience a different culture.

The two Technology and Culture study abroad programs, led by Associate Professor Constantinos Coursaris and Assistant Professor Wietske Van Osch, offered students the opportunity to travel to Japan or South Korea or to attend both trips, which ran back to back.

Altogether, 24 students participated, and of those, nine students did both trips.

Media and Information junior Alberta Efaw was one of the students traveling to both Japan and South Korea. She said the experience reinvigorated her passion in game design.

"This really solidified my determination to become a game designer," Efaw said. "I think the most informational company visit was to iNiS. They gave a real look into what life is like for a game designer and really encouraged us to ask any and all questions we had about the field."

Japan study abroad 2Students visited three companies in Korea and six while in Japan, including video game developer iNiS.

"I got the chance to do a little bit of networking and watched several other students do the same," Efaw said. "I think that's something that probably doesn't get mentioned about this program enough, you meet all of these incredibly interesting people and you get to talk to them and form relationships that could help you when you are looking for jobs."

In addition to visiting companies, students also visited universities, shrines, castles and museums in several different cities and took in unique cultural experiences, like having a Kobe beef dinner and lunch at a maid café.

"One of the best parts of the trip was Dr. Coursaris and Dr. Van Osch,” Efaw said. “They were both incredibly dedicated to making sure we had a great time and learned as much as we could."

The Technology and Culture study abroad programs are the only faculty led programs from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences that travel to Asia.

"There are tremendous intrinsic experiences that the Technology and Culture programs afforded our students," Coursaris said. "There has consequently been personal growth for both faculty and students and we are overwhelmed by the student's appreciation."

Japan Study Abroad

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Register Now for MSU Media Summer Camps

Posted on: May 20, 2015

Media Summer Camp participants

Registration is underway for the 2015 MSU Media Summer Camps offered by the Department of Media and Information July 6-24. These summer camps welcome middle school and high school students to participate in media and technology topics ranging from game design to TV production.

Each camp offers five days of interactivity and instruction from MSU faculty and staff, leading up to the final day where students showcase their work from the week.

The goal of the camps is to teach students how to collaborate and learn more about the media fields. Students learn about design, technology, photography, video production, how to write and more.

“We teach them about the skills that are required for those roles, and the type of schooling options that are available to acquire those skills,” said William Jeffery, Curriculum Director and Lead Instructor.

media-summer-camp-2Students receive hands-on experience working alongside faculty and staff to learn more about their desired fields and building their own projects.

“Many of our students benefit greatly from getting their first taste of the ‘college experience’ at our Media Summer Camps,” Jeffery said. “They start to learn what it would be like living on a college campus and experience a bit of the autonomy and independence they are not as familiar with in high school.”

The camps typically have about 250 participants each year. Students have the choice of attending day-only or overnight stay for the five days.

The following are the 2015 camps and dates offered:

Week 1: July 6 – 10 (Overnight Stay or Day Camp for Middle School Students)

  • Digital Cinema Camp
  • Game Design Camp with Minecraft
  • Intro to Programming using Minecraft
  • Video Game Design Camp

Week 2: July 13 – 17 (Overnight Stay or Day Camp for High School Students)

  • 3D Animation Camp
  • Beginning Video Game Design Camp
  • Miss Media Michigan Girls Tech Camp (females only)
  • Mobile Game Design Camp

Week 3: July 20 - 24 (Overnight Stay or Day Camp for High School Students)

  • 3D Animation Camp
  • Advanced Game Design Camp
  • Beginner Video Game Design Camp
  • Digital Cinema Camp

MSU Media Summer Camps have limited enrollment. To register, go to the MSU Media Summer Camps Registration page. For more information, visit the MSU Media Summer Camps web page.

students working on online game during summer camp

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