Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the best places in the world to study game design and develop a career, according to new rankings from The Princeton Review.
RIT’s game design and development program was ranked fourth at the undergraduate level and sixth at the graduate level on the 2022 list, released today. RIT’s program is housed at the School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM) at Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
“We enthusiastically recommend RIT to students considering a career in this growing field,” said Rob Franek, editor of The Princeton Review. “Along with the other outstanding schools on our 2022 list, the schools have top-notch programs in game design. Their facilities are state of the art and their alumni include many of the most successful artists, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in the industry.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on its 2021 survey of 150 institutions in the United States and abroad offering game design courses, majors, or degree programs. The survey gathered information about the schools’ game design programs in four areas: academics, faculty, technology, and career prospects.
The complete lists, which name the “Top 50” undergraduate schools and the “Top 25” graduate schools, are published on the Best Game Design Schools 2022 website. There, users can also get information about The Princeton Review’s methodology for this project and interesting statistics and facts about each program.
The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s best-known educational services companies, has worked with Gamer on PC to report the 2022 list of best schools for aspiring game developers. The 13th annual list is published in the issue of Gamer on PC magazine released on March 22.
The Princeton Review survey noted that at least 85% of RIT undergraduate game design students were employed in the industry upon graduation in 2021, with an average salary of $66,900. Additionally, at least 91% of graduate school alumni were hired with an average salary of $77,100.
The list also indicates that nearly all students in the top programs have developed an action plan to launch a working game after graduation, with 70% having worked on a game delivered as part of their studies.
RIT has been a pioneer in the field of video game design and development education. Game design students work with RIT’s MAGIC Center, a non-profit, university-wide research and development lab and for-profit production studio that contributes to efforts to bring the creations of digital media to market standards and marketing. RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios are focused on developing and growing new businesses as well as publishing and distributing their projects.
RIT’s Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development provides a general undergraduate education in computer science while exposing students to the breadth of the game design and development process. Students are required to take courses in the liberal arts, social sciences, and laboratory sciences.
“A fun fact is that RIT is also the only school with a minor in Geographic Information Systems, where students help create games that can save lives through urban planning and crisis response,” said David Schwartz. , director of the IGM.
Students pursuing a Masters in Game Design and Development at RIT focus on the technical roots of computer and information science disciplines, while simultaneously covering the breadth of the development landscape by engaging in topics such as computer graphics, game engines, interactive storytelling and game world design. The degree concludes with a capstone project in which students create their own games.
Graduates of RIT’s game design and development programs go on to work at companies such as Google, Cartoon Network, Electronic Arts (EA), Sony Interactive Entertainment, Epic Games, and Microsoft.