Becker College Receives Fourth Consecutive Year of Recognition for its Game Design Programs by The Princeton Review

Published on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Becker College was ranked for the fourth consecutive year by The Princeton Review as a top school to study game design. This announcement comes on the heels of recent recognition for the Becker interactive media game design and programming and development programs, from Animation Career Review and Game Players Review, and Becker students’ involvement in the award-winning game, “On Call” and top placement in the 2013 MassDiGI Game Challenge.

“This has been an amazing year for Becker College’s game design programs, and recognition by The Princeton Review for the fourth consecutive year speaks to the expertise of our faculty and the knowledge and skills that our students are building,” says Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., president of Becker College. “It confirms the value of our game design program in offering relevant course work and the real-world preparation that is valued by students and employers. We are confident that partnerships created through our affiliation with the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) will continue to build on our success and set the standard in digital games education.”

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher, noted the burgeoning interest among students in game design and the exceptional study options available from specialized college majors to concentrated graduate degrees. “We salute the schools on our 2013 list for their commitment to this professional field.  We hope our project will guide students considering careers in game design to schools best for them on our lists and on to companies at which they can apply their creative ideas and skills for the next generation of game players.”

“It’s a great honor for Becker College to be the only school in New England to have been named to Princeton Review’s Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design list every year for the last four years,” says Paul D. Cotnoir, Ph.D., director of design programs at Becker. “To be consistently regarded so highly among some very tough competition speaks very well of our innovative and engaging video game curriculum, our faculty, and most of all, our talented students.”

Cotnoir went on to describe the elements that add to the value of the Becker programs, “I feel that Becker’s standing in this regard is due in large part to its cutting-edge game design curriculum, which allows students to choose a variety of specializations including programming, 3D modeling, sound design, and story development. Add to all of this the groundbreaking impact Becker has had on the video game industry with the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, and you have a hard-to-beat formula for success.”

Alumni of the game programs at Becker have gone on to work for numerous entertainment companies such as Harmonix, Blizzard, Demiurge, and Blue Fang Games, as well as in other digital technology applications for Courion Corporation, John Hancock, Meditech, Oracle, the Santa Ana Police Department (Calif.),  The Internal Revenue Service and the United States Army.

Becker student-created games are in use by the UMass Medical School-City of Worcester Mobile Safety Street Bus, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Danforth Museum, with similar projects in the works for the Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Youth Center, and the Why Not Stop Project. Students have also shared their skills with the Easter Seals and Center for Living and Working’s Tech Savvy Group and helped build game development communities in local public high schools.

Student work will also be showcased at the Becker College booth at the game conference and exhibition, PAX East, now in its fourth year in Boston, March 22-24 at the Boston Convention Center.

The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies, compiled the 2012 list, which names 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate schools in ranked order (1 to 10) and 22 undergraduate and 8 graduate schools as Honorable Mentions.  The list is published on The Princeton Review’s website. Criteria for The Princeton Review’s school selections covered the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure. The company also factored in data it collected from the schools on their scholarships, financial aid, and career opportunities.