The Guildhall at SMU has risen to the third spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s fifth annual report, published Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The list puts The Guildhall four places higher than last year’s ranking of #7.
The University of Southern California is #1 on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists in The Princeton Review’s 2014 report; UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #2 among graduate programs. At #3, The Guildhall ranks above the Rochester Institute of Technology (#8) and MIT (#10), and higher than three other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#11), University of North Texas (#23) and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio (#25).
The Review selected the schools based on its 2013-14 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad offering game design coursework and/or degrees. The 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 the 60 data points the Review considered in its assessments were program curriculum, facilities, career services and technology.
“Being in the top three schools is a tribute to faculty with deep experience, bright and motivated students, industry support, and a commitment to continual improvement,” said Gary Brubaker, director of The Guildhall at SMU.
The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2014 issue. The issue will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni. The print edition will be available on newsstands Tuesday, April 1.