The game design and development undergraduate program at University of Wisconsin-Stout has earned national recognition.
Princeton Review announced Tuesday its 2013 rankings of the top game design programs. The list included the top 15 programs while another 15 programs, including UW-Stout’s, received honorable mention.
UW-Stout’s program is the only one in Wisconsin or Minnesota that made the top 30. A total of 150 programs were surveyed in the U.S. and Canada. The list can be seen here.
“This is a great acknowledgement of the quality of the program and reflects the type of cutting-edge, career-focused academic offerings at UW-Stout,” Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said.
Students in UW-Stout’s program can concentrate on art or computer science aspects of video games. Art and design skills, such as drawing, digital imaging and animation, are needed to create interface components, 3D environments and 3D characters. Math and computer science skills are needed to develop 3D graphics, artificial intelligence and game engines.
The program director, Professor Diane Christie, computer science and mathematics, said the national recognition “is always very important and confirms that we are providing our students with the skills and experience that employers desire now and in the future.”
Christie said the computer science and art concentrations are the equivalent of full majors in those fields, with a common core of game design courses. “We combine the students to apply their technical and creative skills in upper level classes, which are set up as industry simulations, team taught by faculty from each of the disciplines,” she said.
Faculty teaching the program courses serve as producers of the projects, managers of the interdisciplinary teams of students and technical leaders. Students create 2D and 3D games, both for entertainment and educational purposes, for clients who bring industry projects into the classroom, Christie said.
Dave Beck, assistant professor in the School of Art and Design, is the art coordinator for the program.
The program was approved in 2009 by the UW System Board of Regents. For more information click here.
Princeton Review, an educational services company, is known for its annual rankings of colleges, law schools and business schools. It is not associated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.
“For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend UW-Stout as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of Princeton Review.