OC ranked among best game design schools ... again!

By Wes McKinzie

With a new gaming and animation lab opening on campus this year, Oklahoma Christian got more good news with its ranking among the top undergraduate schools to study game design.

Oklahoma Christian is 29th on The Princeton Review’s list of top colleges in the United States, Canada and some countries abroad. It’s the fourth time OC’s gaming and animation program has landed on the prestigious list.

The highest-rated university in Oklahoma, OC is seventh in the western region and ranks ahead of schools like Texas A&M University, Purdue University, Penn State University, DePaul University, and Cornell University on the overall list.

“It’s a great honor to earn such a prestigious ranking on this international list of the best game design schools,” said Jeff Price, chair of OC’s gaming and animation program. “Our program continues to grow because our students love the hands-on opportunities they have to let their creative juices flow with cutting-edge equipment and software. We challenge them to think outside the box and have fun learning so they have what it takes to be successful professionals in the game development industry.”

OC gaming and animation students learn the technology and art of video game design and animation exploring contemporary techniques and genres. Their classes cover 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and game production.

OC’s new advanced visualization lab features upgraded computer systems, a Form 2 Stereolithographic 3D Printer from FormLabs and a Glowforge Desktop Engraver. Future plans for the lab include the addition of Vicon Motion Capture Systems, an Artec Spider 3D Scanner, five Microsoft XBox One Systems and five Sony Playstation 4 Systems.

More information about OC’s program is available at www.oc.edu/gaming.

Summer 2016

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