SMU Guildhall rises to #2 in <em>The Princeton Review</em>’s 2016 graduate game-design program rankings

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SMU Guildhall rises to #2 in The Princeton Review’s 2016 graduate game-design program rankings

The Guildhall at SMU exterior, February 2015The SMU Guildhall has risen to the second spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s seventh annual report, published Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #1 on the graduate school list in the Review’s 2016 report. At #2, the Guildhall ranks above the University of Utah (#3), USC (#4), New York University (#6), Rochester Institute of Technology (#7), Drexel (#8), Michigan State (#10), Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland (#12), DePaul (#15), MIT (#18), the University of Pennsylvania (#19), Ohio State (#20), and higher than three other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#9), Texas A&M (#14) and St. Mary’s University (#25).

> Read The Princeton Review‘s full 2016 game design program rankings

The Review selected the schools based on its 2015-16 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad that offer game design coursework and/or degrees. The 40-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics, from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. In addition, the Review weighted more than 40 data points to make its assessments, with criteria focusing on academics, faculty, technology and career services.

The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2016 issue. The issue will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni. The print edition will be delivered to subscribers this week and will be available on newsstands Tuesday, March 29.

> Visit the SMU Guildhall online

March 16, 2016|For the Record, News|

Princeton Review ranks SMU Guildhall #3 among graduate game-design programs in 2015

The Guildhall at SMU exterior, February 2015The Guildhall at SMU maintains its third spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s sixth annual report, published Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

The University of Utah was ranked at #1 on the graduate school list in the Review’s 2015 report; UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #2. At #3, The Guildhall ranks above the University of Southern California (#4), Rochester Institute of Technology (#6), New York University (#9), MIT (#11) and Ohio State (#18), and higher than two other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#12) and Texas A&M (#22).

> Read The Princeton Review‘s full 2015 game design program rankings

The Review selected the schools based on its 2014-15 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. In addition, the Review weighted more than 60 data points to make its assessments, with criteria focusing on curriculum, facilities, technology and career services.

“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 2015 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, March 31.

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

March 30, 2015|News|

The Guildhall at SMU scores in Animation Career Review rankings

The Guildhall at SMUThe Guildhall at SMU,. Southern Methodist University’s master’s-level game design program, has earned high national and international rankings from Animation Career Review.

The Review ranks The Guildhall as one of the top 10 animation and game-design schools in the Southwest. Other schools to make the list include Brigham Young, UT-Austin and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The Review cites The Guildhall’s partnerships with SMU undergraduate tracks in Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts among its attractive features, noting that The Guildhall’s Master of Interactive Technology program “has produced hundreds of successful graduates, employed at more than 140 video game studios around the world.”

In addition, the Review ranks The Guildhall in the top 100 (#76) among game animation programs worldwide. This ranking is especially noteworthy because The Guildhall’s four areas of study – Art Creation, Level Design, Production and Software Development – do not include an animation specialization.

> The Guildhall hosts 2013 Fall Exhibition Dec. 20

Animation Career Review launched in 2011 to provide “the most comprehensive … information for aspiring animation and game design professionals,” according to its mission statement. In creating its 2013 regional rankings, the Review considered more than 400 U.S. schools that offer programs geared towards animation or game design. Their ranking criteria include academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition, and geographic location.

The Guildhall at SMU is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2013-14 with everything from a virtual yearbook to a brand-new career portal for its alumni. Additional details and upcoming events will be posted to The Guildhall website and Facebook.

When The Guildhall opened its doors in 2003, “The Tonight Show” had a field day.

“At Southern Methodist University they have opened a college of video games. It’s a school where the students can specialize in video games. Finally — a degree more useless than political science,” Jay Leno joked.

Since then, The Guildhall has proven the complexity and value of the education it provides.

“At our 10-year milestone, we have successfully answered the initial critics. A master’s degree in game development is not a passing fad,” he said. “And the growth in gaming and gamification will provide many more creative opportunities for our students, faculty and alumni.”

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

December 20, 2013|For the Record, News|
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