DePaul earns high scores in game design rankings

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MFA game design students showcase their games at Navy Pier last year during the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. (DePaul University/Brian Schrank)
Game design programs in DePaul’s School of Design are among the country’s top ranked by Animation Career Review. Of the 144 schools that were under consideration, DePaul was ranked 12th nationally, 8th among private schools and first in the Midwest.

Animation Career Review also named DePaul 10th among schools offering a bachelor’s degree in game design and 4th among schools offering an MFA. 

The MFA in game design at DePaul, which was first offered last year, prepares students to advance the frontier of games by exploring emerging theories and applying them to practice.

“Games are a complex medium for artistic experimentation and expression and our MFA students have been exploring social justice, intimacy, collective experience, physical interfaces, and much more besides,” says Peter McDonald, an assistant professor of game development.

Students and faculty in the School of Design in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media are researchers, coders, artists and makers who design objects, systems and experiences.

“Our game design students are prepared not only to take part in the games industry, but to think about and design the complex interactions between people, systems and technology that shape the contemporary world,” McDonald adds.

More information about the Animation Career Review 2019 game design rankings is available onlineEarlier this year, DePaul’s game design programs were recognized in 2019 by The Princeton Review, which ranked the graduate program 20th nationally and the undergrad program 34th.
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