RIT’s Video Game Design Programs Again Ranked Top
The Rochester Institute of Technology again has some of the best programs in the world for studying game design, according to the latest international rankings from The Princeton Review.
RIT’s game design and development program was ranked eighth at the undergraduate level and seventh at the graduate level on the 2019 list released today. The RIT program is hosted at the School of Games and Interactive Media (IGM) of the College of Computer and Information Sciences of Golisano.
“We are honored that The Princeton Review has once again recognized RIT’s game design programs among the best,” said David Schwartz, director of the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT. “Our consistent appearance at the top of this annual list demonstrates RIT’s commitment to providing a rich student experience in and out of the classroom, resulting in graduates who ensure rewarding careers in the industry. “
The Princeton Review chose schools based on its 2018 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada, and abroad that offer game design programs or courses. The 40-question survey gathered data on everything from academic game design offerings of schools and lab facilities to starting salaries and professional achievements of their graduates.
The full lists, which name the undergraduate schools “Top 50” and the “Top 25” graduate schools, are published on Top Schools for Game Design 2019. There, users can also get information about The Princeton methodology. Review for this project and its detailed profiles of the schools with advice for applicants on their programs, admission requirements and financial aid.
The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s best-known educational services companies, has partnered with PC Gamer to publish the ‘Top 50’ and ‘Top 25’ Undergraduate School Lists for Video Games 2018. The ninth annual list is published in the issue. from PC Gamer magazine, which hits newsstands on March 26.
The Princeton Review survey also found that 90% of RIT’s undergraduate video game design students and 88% of graduate video game design students were employed in the industry after graduation, with an average salary of $ 70,000.
RIT was a pioneer in the field of video game design and development education. IGM students work with RIT’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), a research lab and on-campus production studio that helps students bring ideas from the prototype to commercial production in the market. Graduates of RIT’s game design and development programs work at companies such as Microsoft, Rockstar Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Valve Corp. and Walt Disney Interactive.
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. Students are required to take courses in the liberal arts, social sciences, and laboratory sciences.
Students pursuing an MA in RIT Game Design and Development focus on the technical roots of the disciplines of Computing and Information Science while simultaneously covering the breadth of the development landscape by engaging in subjects such as computer graphics, game engines, interactive storytelling, and game world design.