Animation Career Review has again named Rochester Institute of Technology one of the top game design universities in the nation. RIT ranked #5 on the list of Top 50 Game Design Schools & Colleges in the United States and #2 in New York State.
The 2022 ranking considered over 150 colleges offering game design programs. The annual rankings were created by Animation Career Review, an online resource for aspiring professionals in animation, game design and development, graphic design, and digital art. The list also named RIT the #3 game design master’s program, the #4 bachelor’s program, the #4 private school in the nation, and the #3 game design school on the East Coast. .
“I am impressed by the intense efforts of our entire IGM community to achieve this ranking,” said David Schwartz, Director of RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM). “With the growth of RIT Game Arts and other academic partners, we continue to enhance RIT’s portfolio of game offerings.”
Animation Career Review noted that RIT offers several programs for budding game designers, including different bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and an accelerated BS/MS option.
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. The New Media Interactive Development bachelor’s program also explores casual games, in addition to new technologies and experiences with web, laptop, and mobile computing. The BFA in 3D Digital Design program teaches students how to create visual elements for a range of applications, from games to medical simulations to motion graphics. Students can also explore elements of game design through RIT’s bachelor’s degrees in Animation, Illustration, and Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.
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.
“Thanks to the incredible support of our staff and faculty, our students have won several awards over the past year,” said Schwartz. “We have also seen incredible achievements in faculty-sponsored research and development involving our students.”
RIT game design students can also work with RIT’s MAGIC Center, a nonprofit, university-wide research and development lab and for-profit production studio that contributes to efforts to bringing digital media creations up to market standards and marketability. RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios are focused on developing and growing new businesses as well as publishing and distributing their projects.
The ranking also highlights RIT’s emphasis on cooperative education – full-time, paid work experiences that provide students with the opportunity to learn on the job in real-world industrial settings. With help from the co-op program, 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.
The full ranking of game design schools can be found on the Animation Career Review 2022 Game Design Rankings website.