The University of Texas at Dallas has been included in The Princeton Review‘s list of the “Top Schools for Video Game Design Study for 2011,” based on a survey of administrators at 150 schools offering video game design programs or degrees.
One game developed at ATEC gives military enlistees a virtual village where they can practice interacting with people of other cultures.
UT Dallas made the list of top 10 graduate programs for its innovative Arts and Technology (ATEC) program.
The Princeton Review – in conjunction with GamePro magazine – started ranking video game design programs last year after recognizing a surge in the number of options available at schools. This marks the first year The Princeton Review ranked the top graduate programs for video game design.
“I am particularly pleased by this recognition of one aspect of our comprehensive program,” said Dr. Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. “In addition to designing games, we explore the philosophic and practical implications of games and all aspects of digital technology for human life and culture. We emphasize and plan to be an international leader in the development of ‘tough content’ games for education.”
Said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, “It has long been our mission to help students find – and get into – the schools best for them to pursue their interests and develop their talents. For the burgeoning number of students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend The University of Texas at Dallas as one of the best and most innovative places to study and succeed in this exciting field.”