The Edmond Sun

March 14, 2014

OC ranked among best in video game design


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Princeton Review ranks Oklahoma Christian University No. 14 among the top undergraduate institutions to study video game design.

The Princeton Review’s list honors 25 undergraduate schools from the U.S., Canada and Ireland, along with a companion list of the top 25 graduate schools with video game design programs.

OC is the only Oklahoma university and one of five undergraduate and graduate programs in the southwestern United States on the list.

“For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Oklahoma Christian as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We also salute the faculty and staff at Oklahoma Christian for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design.”

In OC’s gaming and animation program, students take classes on the history of gaming and animation, technical classes where they learn 30 software programs and studio classes where they create original games.

“Our students are versed in the most advanced techniques such as level design, modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and programming,” said Jeff Price, associate professor of art and design, and director of gaming and animation. “We have made investments in the latest software, including Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max and zBrush. We train for the latest game engines such as Unity3d and Unreal Development Kit (UDK).”

OC’s gaming and animation program has received honorable mention in previous years, but this is its highest ranking.

The rankings are based on the quality of the curriculum, faculty credentials, facilities and infrastructure, scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities after graduation.

“Jeff Price is a relentless scholar and program developer,” said David Lowry, dean of OC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“Under his leadership, Gaming and Animation has become one of the fastest growing degrees on campus, in addition to being recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.”

More information on OC’s gaming and animation program is available at www.oc.edu/gaming.

The Princeton Review partners with PC Gamer for this report. PC Gamer will feature the list in its May edition, available on newsstands April 1. The Princeton’s Review’s complete report is available at www.princetonreview.com/game-design.

The Princeton Review also is known for its annual college rankings. Oklahoma Christian is one of the institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its current “Best in the West” rankings.