Ferris State University’s Digital Animation and Game Design program remains a favorite with the Princeton Review, based on its 2016 rankings of the top 50 undergraduate schools worldwide for game design instruction.
Ferris’ program is rated 16th, having earned the same ranking in the Princeton Review’s 2015 assessment of learning opportunities in game design, for institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad. This is the seventh annual report, and is based on a review of factors such as lab facilities, academic offerings and starting salaries for graduates of the program. It is the fifth time that Ferris has made the Princeton Review’s Top Game Design rankings.
DAGD Program Coordinator David Baker said that he was pleased by the recognition for Ferris’ program, as the report was released during the 16th annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Calif.
“The talk among industry leaders at the conference was about learning through design,” Baker said. “Project-based learning is a big theme, and it serves as a sort of validation of our curriculum, and the way we operate our program, and structure our training.”
Baker said that the program communicates frequently with alumni working for industry leaders to keep their training relevant, and believe that is part of what has helped them earn recognition from observers like the Princeton Review.
“A majority of the undergraduate game design programs ranked ahead of us also offer graduate-level instruction,” Baker said. “We’re up with some of the best game design programs in the world. We will continue to build the strength of our program, and that resonates with employers. Our students are finding the career opportunities they desire, with companies who recognize Ferris for its excellence in instruction and practices.”
Other Michigan schools included in the Princeton Review rankings for undergraduate game design include Michigan State University, and Lawrence Technological University while the University of Michigan-Dearborn is a newcomer to the list.
The Princeton Review, one of the best-known education companies in the U.S., is not affiliated with Princeton University.
PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University's Digital Animation and Game Design program has once again been recognized by The Princeton Review.