High school students interested in turning a video game hobby into a career might be interested in the latest report on video game design programs produced by the Princeton Review in conjunction with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future US.
The report, “Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013,” is based on a survey the Princeton Review conducted of 150 programs at institutions in the US and Canada offering video game design coursework and/or degrees.
The top schools were chosen based on criteria covering the quality of curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure. The Princeton Review also factored in data collected on scholarships, financial aid, and career services.
Formerly consigned to a far corner of the computer science department, game design has emerged has a highly respectable, multi-disciplinary course of study. And schools hoping to get in on the growing market for designers are building glitzy new facilities tricked out with cutting edge technology and equipment.
Locally, both American University and George Mason offer well-regarded video game design courses and programs. In fact, when the video game design degree was added to GMU’s growing list of programs, enrollment was 500 percent higher than expected.
But anyone determined to explore Princeton Review’s top programs will have to travel out of the immediate area—the nearest school on the list is Drexel University in Philadelphia, at #6.
According to Princeton Review and PC Gamer, the top 10 undergraduate schools for video game design study in 2013 are (program descriptions provided by individual college websites):