“It is such an honor to be nationally recognized again,” said Professor Diane Christie, director of the B.S. in game design program. “Although we have two separate undergraduate degrees, our game design and development program’s strength comes from the faculty, staff and students in both degree areas to continue to achieve great things by working together and producing games of high quality. The success of our program is reflected in the success of our graduates.”
UW-Stout’s original game design and development program was approved in 2009 by the UW System Board of Regents. The BFA program was approved in December 2014.
“Game design is an exciting field, and programs are springing up in colleges all over the world,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review editor in chief. “As we continue to help students find the best program for their needs and interests, we strongly recommend UW-Stout and each of the other schools that made our 2017 ranking lists. These schools have outstanding faculties and great facilities which will give students the skills and experience they need to pursue a career in this dynamic and burgeoning field.”
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MFA program ranked
Princeton Review also released a list of the top 25 graduate programs at which to study game design, and UW-Stout’s Master of Fine Arts in design program came in at No. 20, making the top 20 for the second straight year.
The MFA program has eight concentrations, including game design.
No other program from Wisconsin, Iowa or Minnesota made the list.
“I was very excited to see our graduate program ranked for two years now in a row,” said Associate Professor Julie Peterson, program director. “The MFA in design program offers graduate students a chance to focus on the ever-growing discipline of game design. We have a lot to offer our students who want to take their careers to the next level and customize their experiences.”
Second: Students play Everend during a game expo on campus.
Third: Dave Beck
Bottom: Julie Peterson