SOUTHFIELD – Lawrence Technological University has earned a No. 29 ranking on The Princeton Review's just-published list saluting the top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2017.
The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in 2016 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework 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.
“It is an honor being ranked among the best undergraduate programs in the world,” said Marshall “Mars” Ashton, assistant professor in LTU’s College of Architecture and Design and director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art program at the university. “Despite how young both the Game Art and Game Software Development programs are, we have seen an incredible amount of progress as we contribute to the field at large and the development of the Michigan game development community.”
LTU officials say the program is unusual in that it combines instruction in both art and design, and in the university’s leading computer science programs.
Said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s Editor in Chief: “Game design is an exciting field and programs are springing up in colleges all over the world. As we continue to help students find the best program for their needs and interests, we strongly recommend Lawrence Tech 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.”
The Princeton Review's full report on this project at www.princetonreview.com/game-design also features a companion list of "Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017." It includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.
For the fifth consecutive year, The Princeton Review teamed up with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future plc (www.futureplc.com) as its reporting partner on this project. PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue, available on newsstands March 28. 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.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it in the nation’s top 10 percent of universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan, include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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