OC on list of top video game design schools

OC on list of top video game design schools

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University earned honorable mention on The Princeton Review’s just-published list saluting the best undergraduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design.

Compiled by The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies, the 2013 list names 15 undergraduate schools in rank order and 15 undergraduate schools as honorable mentions.

OC is the only Oklahoma university and one of just two schools in the southwestern United States to be honored on the undergraduate list.

“Being selected as one of the top 30 schools in the country for game design education is a great honor for Oklahoma Christian. We not only train our students to think creatively, but give them the technical skills to be highly sought-after recruits in the professional game development industry,” said Jeff Price, associate professor of art and design. “We are fortunate to have such a supportive administration and talented gaming and animation students.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in the 2012-13 academic year of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the U.S. and Canada. The 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics, from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements.

Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services, student scholarships, and financial aid.

“The game and design world is fast-moving and mostly dominated by large universities, so it’s very exciting that Jeff Price and other faculty are achieving nationally competitive results with a high-touch, faith-infused model,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs.

OC gaming and animation students take several classes where they learn gaming and animation history, technical classes where they learn 30 software programs, and studio classes where they develop their own games. More information about OC’s award-winning program is available at www.oc.edu/gaming.

“It has long been our mission to help students find – and get into – the schools best for them. For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Oklahoma Christian University as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/Publisher. “We also salute the faculty and staff at OC and the other schools on our 2013 lists for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design.”

The Princeton Review’s full report is accessible at www.princetonreview.com/game-design. This year, The Princeton Review partnered with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future US, as its reporting partner on this project.

PC Gamer features the list in its May issue. It is available March 13 at www.pcgamer.com, arriving in subscriber mailboxes in mid-March, and on newsstands on April 2.

The Princeton Review also is known for its annual college rankings, which it reports on its website and in its books, including The Best 377 Colleges and The Best Value Colleges. Oklahoma Christian is one of the institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its current “Best in the West” rankings.