Princeton Review Names HPU a Top University for Game Design

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 22, 2017 – The Princeton Review has named High Point University’s game and interactive media design major one of the best in the country.

Housed in HPU’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the program was selected for the “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017,” released today. The list is based on college administrator survey responses to questions covering quality of faculty, facilities, technology, curriculum and career services.

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“Our students are strongly positioned to bring innovation to game design,” says Dr. Stefan Hall, chair of the Department of Media Production & Studies and associate professor of communication. “Their exposure to a diverse set of courses makes them uniquely suited to make connections between programmers, level designers, art designers, narrative designers, management and marketing.”

Students majoring in game and interactive media design at HPU have access to a state-of-art game design lab that offers the tools and technology needed to create interactive characters, story lines and games from start to finish. Combined with expertise from School of Communication faculty who have direct experience in and connections to the industry, HPU graduates are poised for success. Recent graduates have found employment at major game development studios and publishers such as Epic Games and Bethesda Softworks.

HPU’s game design program frequently makes waves in the industry. In 2016, students in the program designed a video game that placed in the top five of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) College Game Competition, an event that targets 400 of the best game design programs in the nation. The students went head to head with other finalists at the 2016 E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

Students at HPU also have access to world-class inventors such as Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, who serves as HPU’s Innovator in Residence.

“I’m ecstatic that our program is receiving the recognition it so aptly deserves,” says Kira Foglesong, a senior in the program. “I think its strength lies in its successful embodiment of HPU’s overall holistic educational mantra: We stress applying the diverse perspectives from our coursework and our experiences in and out of the classroom to inspire true innovation and creativity. Thanks to the support and guidance of our professors, as well as the wide variety of advanced equipment at our fingertips, we can explore our ideas and develop finished products.”

 

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