Becker College game design program ranked by Animation Career Review for third consecutive year

Published on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Becker College has been ranked by the Animation Career Review and included on its list of the “Top 75 Schools in the U.S. for Game Design and Development.” Of the roughly 200 schools considered, Becker ranked as one of the nation’s best in 2014.

“This recognition is a testament to the depth and breadth of Becker’s game design program and faculty,” said Paul Cotnoir, Ph.D., department chair of Becker’s game design program. “Becker prides itself on preparing students to be world ready, and the hands-on experience afforded to students in the program aptly prepares them for their post-college careers.”

Earlier this year, Becker’s undergraduate video game design program was top-ranked by The Princeton Review for the fifth consecutive year. It is one of only two institutions in New England, and one of five nationally, to maintain this longstanding distinction. In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI).

Through MassDiGI and the Becker faculty, students have opportunities to work on real game properties, government simulation projects, and learning games.  Students are also encouraged to interact with professionals in the animation and interactive arts industries through on-campus talks and presentations; trips to industry organizations and conferences; and through internship opportunities that give students hands-on experience in the field.

“Becker College’s core values are infused throughout its various curricula and services, which provides a unique growth mindset that fosters student learning in myriad ways,” Dr. Cotnoir said. “When students have a growth mindset in which they believe that world ready skills can be developed, they seek more learning goals and challenges, see effort as a positive behavior, are more resilient in the face of failure, and achieve higher academic and life outcomes.”