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Digital Animation and Game Design Program Continues in Upper Rank of Princeton Review's Ratings

Ferris State UniversityGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A leading college admission services company continues to rank Ferris State University’s Digital Animation and Game Design program among the top 20 schools on its list of “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017.”

The Princeton Review, through its publishing partner, PC Gamer, released an article that named the top 50 undergraduate schools list, and the “Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017” on Tuesday, March 28, as part of the magazine’s May issue.

David Baker, an assistant professor in Ferris’ School of Digital Media, is the university’s DAGD program coordinator. DAGD has achieved this level of excellence for a fourth straight year. Baker said that the Princeton Review ranking holds greater significance as more research-based, or “R-1” universities, enter the instructional field by offering game design programs.

“It’s pretty amazing to be a leader in the field and observe the changing landscape in terms of peer groups and competitors,” Baker said. “More than 400 colleges and universities offer video game degrees. We certainly get positive reaction from potential students and parents, when they learn about our ranking.”

The University of Southern California is the top-ranked school on the Princeton Review list for undergraduate game design while Southern Methodist University is atop the list of graduate schools offering this training. Ferris is 20th in the latest Princeton Review list.

“Our faculty and leadership continue to focus on offering instruction from experts within the industry and shaping our curriculum to satisfy the needs of our students and their prospective employers,” Baker said. “I am interested in seeing the job placement numbers that will soon be available as we believe that these efforts are a benefit to our students and their career opportunities.”

Baker said with more than 15 years in their program history, Ferris’ faculty and administrators in the College of Education and Human Services look forward to continued examination of their offerings, faculty and assessment of industry and student needs.

“We are excited about the results of collaboration with nationally-known and international companies which increases the options to place students when they are prepared to enter the industry,” Baker said. “The possibilities that augmented reality, virtual reality present in terms of instruction and the creation of games and products, appear to be full of growth and promise.”

The Massachusetts-based Princeton Review made its choices for these lists based on a 2016 survey of administrators at 150 institutions offering game design programs.

PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University’s Digital Animation and Game Design program continues among the top 20 programs offered nationally, as determined by a leading college admission services company, The Princeton Review, of Framingham, Mass.