Want to be a Video Game Designer? The Princeton Review has your game plan

Higher education is jumping on the digital age game and is offering students programs in Video Game Design. Certainly a sign of modern times.

GamePro Media and The Princeton Review have teamed up for the second consecutive year to recognize the top schools offering video game design programs. Reported in the April GamePro magazine (on newsstands March 8, 2011), the “Top Schools for Video Game Design Study for 2011” features 30 schools in all.  It names the top 10 undergraduate and top 10 graduate schools, plus five schools in each group as Honorable Mentions.
The Princeton Review, one of the nation's best known education services companies, chose the schools based on a comprehensive survey it conducted in the 2010 – 2011 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 and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and career achievements.  List choices were based on criteria that broadly covered the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure.  The Princeton Review also factored in data it collected from the schools on their scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities.”

The top 10 undergraduate schools for video game design study for 2011 are:

1.            University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2.            University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
3.            DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
4.            The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
5.            Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
6.            Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
7.            Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
8.            Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
9.            Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
10.          Becker College (Worcester, MA)The Princeton Review

For a complete list including honorable mentions and graduate school programs in Video Game Design visit The Princeton Review.

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