The Princeton Review Names Becker a Top Game Design School for Fifth Year

Published on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Becker College Game Design 2014 Princeton ReviewBecker College has earned its fifth consecutive ranking on The Princeton Review’s just-published list saluting the best undergraduate schools to study video game design for 2014.

Enrollment in this popular major at Becker has grown from fewer than 10 students when launched in 2005 to nearly 400 students this year.

Becker is one of only two schools in the New England area and one of five schools nationally to receive such longstanding recognition, joining the ranks of MIT, the University of Southern California, University of Utah, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Savannah College of Art & Design.

“Becker College is proud to be one of the few institutions to earn the best video game design distinction for five consecutive years,” said President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. “Our video game design programs are focused on providing students with experiences that better prepare them to be world ready and to have a positive impact on the creative economy. Each year the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, knowledge, and education of our students raises the bar on the present and future of the digital games industry.”

“We appreciate The Princeton Review’s recognition of the interactive media design programs at Becker College; the opportunities we can offer to students here are truly unique,” said Director of Design Programs, Paul D. Cotnoir, Ph.D. “With the assistance of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), our innovative, entrepreneurial approach to curricular development, and exciting internship opportunities, students going to market with their games and presenting at such national events as PAX East and the Game Developers Conference is getting to be the rule, rather than the exception.”

Becker’s flexible game curriculum, which allows for concentrated study in areas such as game art, game programming, game production, writing, and audio, allows students to craft a plan of study fine-tuned to their skill sets and career preferences. This flexible curriculum is backed by a wide array of state-of-the-art labs and equipment including high performance PCs, mobile devices, and IMacs; an on-campus render farm, a fully equipped audio recording studio, 3D printing facilities, and a motion capture studio.  The entire process of learning game design and development at Becker College is designed around engaging the students on an individual level in order to help them achieve success.

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP/publisher, “It has long been our mission to help students find – and get into – the schools best for them.  For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Becker College as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field.  We also salute the faculty and staff at Becker and the other schools on our 2014 lists for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design.”

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