Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Champlain College in Top 10 game design colleges in the country!

Hot off the press! Here's the article from the NY Times announcing The Princeton Review & Game Pro magazine's "Top Places to Study Video Game Design - For Credit." Written by Jacques Steinberg. Source article can be found here. Champlain Game Dev students - head on over to the comments on the NYT blog and let them know what you think!

March 1, 2011, 2:18 PM

The Top Places to Study Video Game Design — For Credit

Are you a high school student who dreams of inventing the next Wii or Kinect sensation, or the next “Call of Duty”?
For the second year in a row, Princeton Review and GamePro Media, the publisher of GamePro magazine, a video-gamers’ bible, have joined forces to handicap what they consider the “Top 10” undergraduate and graduate programs in video game design.
For readers of The Choice who may have logged so much time on the X-Box that they have actually contemplated a career in this (virtual) world, a list like this is probably most valuable as a vehicle for brainstorming the names of universities that actually permit students to study such things. (And yes, I would count myself among those whose first response might well be, “Who knew?”)
Which undergraduate institutions made the list?
1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles
2. University of Utah, Salt Lake City
3. DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, Wash.
4. The Art Institute of Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
5. Michigan State University, East Lansing
6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
7. Drexel University, Philadelphia
8. Champlain College, Burlington, Vt.
9. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
10. Becker College, Worcester, Mass.
Princeton Review and GamePro said they had made their selections based on the results of surveys of administrators at 150 colleges and universities that offer video game design courses (and in some cases degrees). They also bestowed “honorable mention” status on five other undergraduate institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta); North Carolina State (Raleigh): Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution (Troy, N.Y.); Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Ga.); and Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, Ohio).
The full list, including that of the graduate schools, will be in the April issue of GamePro magazine, due on newsstands March 8.
Do readers of The Choice, particularly those of you who are video game players or who are studying in these programs, have any wisdom of your own to impart here? Please use the comment box below to let us know.

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