Sacred Heart recognized for computer gaming program

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Sacred Heart University student Christopher Snavely works on designing his own computer game in class. (Tracey Deer-Mirek photo)

Sacred Heart University’s master’s degree program in computer gaming design and development has earned an honorable mention on The Princeton Review’s just-published list saluting the best undergraduate schools and graduate schools in the United States and Canada to study video game design for 2013.

Compiled by The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies, the 2013 list names 15 undergraduate schools (ranked in order) and 15 undergraduate schools as honorable mentions. The company also reported a companion list of top graduate schools to study video game design for 2013. That list names 15 graduate schools and five as Honorable Mentions.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in the 2012-13 academic year of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the U.S. and Canada. The Company’s 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections were the school curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure, plus career services, student scholarships and financial aid.

“We are honored to have our program recognized by the Princeton Review,” said Domenick Pinto, chair of SHU’s Computer Science & Information Technology Department. “We are extremely excited about this program, so it’s wonderful to have outside validation that we are providing something innovative for our students.”

“It has long been our mission to help students find — and get into — the schools best for them. For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Sacred Heart University as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/publisher. “We also salute the faculty and staff at Sacred Heart University and the other schools on our 2013 lists for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design.”

The Princeton Review’s full report on this project is accessible at princetonreview.com/game-design. It includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.

This year, The Princeton Review partnered with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future US, as its reporting partner on this project. PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue. It is currently available at pcgamer.com, and will arrive in subscriber mailboxes in mid-March and on newsstands on April 2. The feature has information on the schools’ degree options, class offerings, prominent professors and alumni, along with fun facts about the school programs.

The Princeton Review developed its “Top Schools to Study Video Game Design” project in 2009-10 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.

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