March

Game Design Program Earns Honorable Mention from Princeton Review

Game Design SHU
News Story: March 1, 2012

Sacred Heart University has earned an Honorable Mention on The Princeton Review’s third annual list saluting the best graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to offer studies in video game design. 

The list, “Top Schools To Study Video Game Design For 2012,” salutes 50 institutions -- 32 undergraduate and 18 graduate -- for outstanding game design education programs.   

Compiled by The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies, the 2012 list names 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate schools in ranked order. In addition, 22 undergraduate and eight graduate schools received Honorable Mentions. The list is published on The Princeton Review’s website at www.princetonreview.com/game-design.aspx.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in the 2011-12 academic year of administrators at 150 institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States and Canada. The survey, which included more than 50 questions, covered a wide range of topics from academics, curriculum and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and career achievements. School selections were based on a comprehensive analysis of data that analyzed the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure, plus the schools scholarships, financial aid and career services.

“I feel this is a great honor and a tribute to the dedication, quality and diligence of the entire Computer Science department, faculty, students and department assistants,” said Professor Domenick Pinto, M.S., chairman of the Computer Science and Information Technology program.

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior vice president and publisher, “It has long been our mission to help students find – and get into – the best schools for them to purse their interests and develop their talents. For the burgeoning number of students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Sacred Heart University as one of the best and most innovative institutions to study and succeed in this exciting field. We also salute the faculty and administrators at Sacred Heart, and the other schools on our 2012 list, for their extraordinary programs and commitment to students.”

Sacred Heart’s Game Design & Development program was developed following a push for interactive computer games for both learning and entertainment. The graduate program was launched in Fall 2011, and a certificate graduate program was started in 2010. The program has welcomed 25 graduate students enrolled in various aspects of the graduate game design program in both the certificate and/or full track. The proposed graduate certificate in Computer Gaming Design and Development is designed for students who did not follow a computer gaming track or major at the undergraduate level. The hope is to give students an excellent introduction to the field of computer gaming design and development. Courses taken may be applied to a full MS degree in the IT, CS or a new Computer Gaming track, which is expected to start in spring 2012.

The department is currently working on a grant to obtain a motion capture lab and recently purchased several “gaming” computers for students. This will allow students to work on a multiplatform game project for a subset of the Computer Science club. Apart from this, the program is also working with students from various local high schools to assist them in starting gaming clubs, and there is a special summer program for high school students interested in gaming.

For information about Sacred Heart University’s Game Design and Development program, please contact Domenick Pinto at 203-371-7799 or computerscience@sacredheart.edu.