Digital entertainment program shines


ACU earned a spot on The Princeton Review's just-published list saluting the top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2016.

The universities were selected based on a survey of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the U.S., Canada and some countries abroad. ACU is ranked No. 27 on the list.

“We are thrilled to have the quality of our game development major recognized by The Princeton Review,” said Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of digital entertainment technology. “Gaining such a high ranking our first year of eligibility is a significant accomplishment.”

Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections were the schools’ academics, facilities, career services, technology, starting salaries and employment experience of graduates.

“These are truly the ‘cream of the crop’ institutions from which to launch a career,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president/publisher. “Their faculties are outstanding. Their facilities are awesome. And their alumni include legions of the industry's most prominent game designers, developers, artists, and entrepreneurs.” 

ACU’s digital entertainment technology (DET) major provides students the opportunity to combine their passion for technology and creativity in an interdisciplinary approach to game design, film production and digital design. Students receive training in the complete process of animation and game development, from concept to design to scripting to publishing. The DET program prepares students with a strong technical foundation, while allowing them to reflect on the integration of faith and entertainment. 

The Princeton Review's full report on this project is available here. PC Gamer magazine will have a feature about the rankings in its May issue.