Game Winning Recognition

March 12, 2013

The Princeton Review has named Bradley University one of the “Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013.”

Bradley was one of 15 schools receiving “honorable mention” from 150 universities in the U.S. and Canada that offer undergraduate game design courses or degrees. Recognition was received for the quality of the curriculum, faculty credentials, facilities and infrastructure. Selection was based on a comprehensive survey of administrators at institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees.

Bradley has offered a video game design concentration through the Department of Interactive Media and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems since fall 2010.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition. What really makes this program special is its collaborative nature. Students learn the necessary skills by taking classes in the two departments and benefit from their respective strengths," said Dr. Steven Dolins, chair of the CSIS department.

"Bradley's Interactive Media Department is a growing force in teaching and researching creative technologies in higher education,” said Jim Ferolo, chair of the Interactive Media Department. “This ranking is a reflection of the great strides made by the faculty and students over the years. We are rapidly becoming a department of choice for students across the country and have a consistent enrollment growth pattern over the past several years with the largest potential incoming class arriving in the fall of 2013."

The University's game design concentration provides students with the necessary tools to create digital games as well as work on other stages of game development such as design, art, sound and programming.

“Our students receive a solid foundation in practical technical skills, such as game production, art and software development, but also receive important industry skills,” said Monica McGill, assistant professor of game design. “Collaboration in multidisciplinary teams, creative thinking and independent problem solving are all key learning skills emphasized within our programs, including the application of games in business and health solutions.”

This is the second consecutive year that Bradley’s program has been recognized as a leader in game design.

“We salute the schools on our 2013 list for their commitment to this professional field. We hope our project will guide students considering careers in game design to schools best for them on our lists and on to companies at which they can apply their creative ideas and skills for the next generation of game players," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher.

More information about the ranking is available online at the Princeton Review.