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(March 1, 2010—The Princeton Review has named North Central College’s interactive media studies program among the top 50 video game design programs in North America.
The Princeton Review and GamePro magazine selected the best institutions in the United States and Canada that offer video game design studies. Eight top programs were ranked, and North Central is among 42 others recognized as distinguished.
The 50 programs chosen in the first-ever ranking were based on a 2009-2010 survey of administrators at nearly 500 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees. Selection criteria included the quality of the curriculum, faculty credentials, facilities and infrastructure as well as data on scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities.
North Central College’s bachelor’s degree in interactive media studies offers the opportunity to learn video game design in the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education. The interactive media technology track prepares students for careers as game designers by teaching how to program event-driven video games and develop media-rich web pages that end-users can manipulate.
North Central’s interdisciplinary approach engages faculty from art, computer science, broadcast communications, English, journalism and other fields to sharpen skills in public speaking, writing and other areas. Internships with local and regional technology firms provide practical work experience and networking opportunities that help students pursue careers in video game design after graduation.
North Central’s outstanding facilities include computer labs in Carnegie Hall and Meiley-Swallow Hall equipped with dozens of dual-boot Macs that run as either Windows XP or Apple Mac OSX machines; video capture hardware and software that enables students to practice the latest digital editing techniques; a digital graphic arts lab equipped with two- and three-dimensional editing software; a “green screen” room for shooting video; and a sound booth for audio capture and mixing.
Learn more about North Central’s interactive media studies program at http://depts.noctrl.edu/ims/. Additionally, the College’s Graduate Program offers a master’s of science degree in Web and Internet applications, and North Central’s summer camps include courses for high school students in video game programming, computer animation with Flash and digital drawing.
North Central is among the schools recognized in an editorial feature appearing in the April issue of GamePro and on GamePro.com, where readers can find additional information about the schools and links to their admission sites.
“There are now more colleges and universities than ever focusing on game development,” said Marci Yamaguchi Hughes, president of GamePro Media. “We thought this was an incredibly relevant subject for our readers, especially given the upcoming Game Developers Conference.”
“It has long been our mission at The Princeton Review to help students research and get in to the education programs best for them and on to careers in fields they are passionate about,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/Publisher. “For students aspiring to work in the rapidly growing field of game design and the companies that will need their creative talents, we hope this list brings many wonderful candidates to these programs.”