Go to http://bit.ly/17Ce9dk for the list of the top 50 collegiate programs. The University of Southern California was ranked first. The only other Michigan institution on the list was the College for Creative Studies at 20th.
The online publication said LTU “offers several top programs for game designers.”
LTU’s College of Architecture and Design offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in game art, graphic design and interaction design. LTU’s College of Arts and Sciences offers a bachelor of science degree in computer science with a concentration in game software development.
Computer science majors can take game art courses, and game art majors can take software development courses.
“In the past, most of the game programs were in art schools, but now you can get both game art and game development at Lawrence Tech,” said Associate Professor David Bindschadler, chair of LTU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
In preparing the inaugural list of the top schools in the U.S. for aspiring gaming professionals, the editors at Animation Career Review considered “in no particular order” academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, and geographic location.
The editors noted that extra points were awarded to colleges located in game design meccas such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, and to a slightly lesser extent New York City, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, and a few other cities where “students have a distinct advantage in terms of networking opportunities, internships, free-lance gigs, and career-specific part-time work.”
“Does that mean you must attend school in one of these cities to work in the gaming industry? Absolutely not. Does it mean that only schools in so called meccas are worth considering? Again, absolutely not. But schools located in these cities do offer real advantages that are less available elsewhere,” the editors wrote.