RIT named one of the best colleges to study video game design
Animation Career Review has once again named Rochester Institute of Technology one of the nation’s top video game design schools. RIT ranked seventh on the list of the 50 Best Game Design Schools in the United States and second in New York State.
The 2020 ranking considered 136 colleges with game design programs. The Annual Rankings were created by Animation Career Review, an online resource for future professionals in animation, game design and development, graphic design, and digital art. The list also named RIT the # 3 Game Design School on the East Coast and the fifth best private school nationwide.
“We are pleased that RIT is consistently recognized as one of the top schools for game design and development,” said David Schwartz, director of the School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM) at RIT. “IGM faculty and staff work hard to provide basic computer training in the context of game design, so that our students have incredible career opportunities. “
Animation Career Review noted that RIT offers several programs for aspiring game designers, including two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. In fact, any student studying computer science at RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences has the opportunity to earn a minor in game design and development. Students outside of technical computer science majors may also specialize in game design.
RIT’s Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development provides undergraduate computer science education on a large scale while exposing students to the breadth of game design and development processes. The Bachelor of Interactive New Media Development program also explores casual games, in addition to new technologies and experiences with the web, wearable and mobile computing.
Students pursuing an MA in Game Design and Development at RIT focus on the technical roots of the disciplines of Computing and Information Science, while simultaneously covering the breadth of the development landscape by getting involved in subjects such as computer graphics, game engines, interactive storytelling and game world design. The degree ends with a wrap-up project in which students create their own games.
RIT game design students can also work with RIT’s MAGIC Center, a not-for-profit academic research and development lab and for-profit production studio that helps in efforts to bring digital media creations up to standard. market and marketing. RIT’s MAGIC Spell studios, which moved into a new state-of-the-art building in 2018, focus on developing and growing new businesses, as well as publishing and distributing their projects.
The ranking also highlights RIT’s focus on cooperative education — full-time, paid work experiences that provide students with the opportunity to learn on the job in real industrial settings. With the help of the co-op program, graduates of RIT’s game design and development programs work in companies such as Microsoft, Rockstar Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Valve Corp. and Walt Disney Interactive.
The full ranking of game design schools can be found on the Animation Career Review 2020 Game Design Rankings website.