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March 25, 2015

Game on: MSU among top schools for game design

Michigan State University is among the best colleges in the nation to study game design, according to the Princeton Review.

In its just-published report, the Review ranks MSU No. 7 among undergraduate programs and No. 15 among graduate programs.

The Princeton Review compiled its list based on a survey it conducted in 2014-15 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada and some countries abroad.

The company's 50-question survey asked schools to report on everything from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to their graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience.

“For students aspiring to work in the burgeoning field of game design, these are truly the ‘cream of the crop’ institutions from which to launch a career,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president-publisher.

MSU has long been a leader in game design. The Department of Media and Information offers an undergraduate program in game design and development, as well as programs at the master’s and doctoral levels.

“Over the last few years, we have focused on improving our curriculum, growing our faculty, and providing our students with exceptional opportunities,” said Brian Winn, associate professor of media and information and director of MSU’s Games for Entertainment and Learning lab. “The increased ranking helps further this effort by bringing recognition to our program and raising its visibility.”

The Princeton Review developed its "Top Schools to Study Game Design" project in 2009 with assistance from a national advisory board, which helped design the survey instrument and methodology.

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By: Tom Oswald