NJIT is the only New Jersey school to make The Princeton Review's list of the top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2016. The top-tier research university offers two degree programs where students can specialize in game design: the B.S. in Information Technology and the B.A. in Digital Design.
NJIT has placed 32nd on The Princeton Review's just-published list saluting the top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2016.The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in 2015 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada and some countries abroad.
The company's 40-question survey asked schools to report on everything from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to their graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school's academics, facilities, career services and technology.
“We are honored that The Princeton Review has chosen NJIT as one of the top universities for game design in 2016,” said Marc Sequeira, coordinator of Game Development for the Information Technology program at NJIT. “Our efforts in game design are shared by a number of partnered programs from across the campus that work together with a common passion for gaming.”
Over the past decade, NJIT—which is the only New Jersey school to make the esteemed list—has evolved a community of designers and developers, artists and programmers, scientists and industry partners, “all working together to see where games and gaming technologies can take us next,” said Sequeira, who helped launch the program in 2003 as part of the B.S. in Information Technology, specifically for students interested in game development and programming.
In 2008, the College of Architecture and Design launched its digital design program, offering budding developers and programmers a B.A. in Digital Design, with a focus on game design, art and aesthetics.
“NJIT was among the early adopters to introduce game design into its curricula from the technical, creative and content viewpoints,” said Fadi Deek, NJIT Provost and Senior Executive Vice President. “We are elated to continue to receive recognition as a destination school to study game design. NJIT's strengths in computing, engineering, design, the sciences and technology management make it a natural place to study game design.”
Added Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher: "It has long been our mission to help students find—and get into–the schools best for them. For students aspiring to work in the burgeoning field of game design, we strongly recommend NJIT and each of the other schools that made our 2016 lists. These are truly the 'cream of the crop' institutions from which to launch a career. Their faculties are outstanding. Their facilities are awesome. And their alumni include legions of the industry's most prominent game designers, developers, artists and entrepreneurs."
For the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review teamed up with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future plc as its reporting partner on this project. PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue available on newsstands March 29. The feature has information on some of the schools' unique programs, class offerings, prominent professors, and alumni.
The Princeton Review developed its “Top Schools To Study Game Design" project in 2009 with assistance from a national advisory board that helped design the survey instrument and methodology. Board members included administrators and faculty from respected game design programs, and professionals from some of the top gaming companies.
By Shydale James