Gaming and Animation program earns prestigious national ranking

A student works with the virtual reality equipment in OC’s Advanced Visualization Lab.
A student works with the virtual reality equipment in OC’s Advanced Visualization Lab.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) again landed a high ranking on The Princeton Review’s list of top universities to launch a career in gaming and animation.

At No. 31 on the list, OC is Oklahoma’s highest-ranked institution and ranks above schools like Texas A&M University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to The Princeton Review, schools were chosen based on a 2016 survey of 150 domestic and international universities offering game design degree programs. The survey gathered data on each institution’s game design academic opportunities, lab facilities, starting salaries for graduates and graduate career achievements.

Technological advancements allow OC’s gaming and animation program to stand out at the national level. Recent enhancements in the university’s Advanced Visualization Lab allow students to enhance their abilities with augmented reality, virtual reality, and motion tracking.

“We have really great facilities for students to come and work,” Art and Design chair Jeff Price said. “We have all the latest technology that a lot of schools aren’t even doing yet. Our students learn programs to enhance their artwork and creativity, which allows them to incorporate artistry, technology and creativity.”

Oklahoma Christian was also recognized among the top 10 universities in the southwest for animation by Animation Career Review.

Price said OC’s gaming and animation program offers a unique perspective to provide students the skills they need to develop successful careers.

“We focus on the whole artist,” Price said. “It isn’t just a tech program. We look at innovation, traditional media and traditional technique, and weave them together. Our students come out with a broad understanding of what it truly takes to make art.”

Since its began seven years ago, OC’s gaming and animation program has grown from 15 to 85 students. Recent graduates are active in successful careers ranging from movie production and architectural visualization to design education.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.