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Hampshire College earned the #5 spot on the Princeton Review's 2014 list saluting the 25 best undergraduate schools to study video game design.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in fall 2013 of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad.
The company's 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates' employment and professional achievements. Criteria weighed in making selections included the curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services and technology.
"We're pleased to have the opportunities for students to pursue game design at Hampshire recognized by the Princeton Review," said Laura Sizer, dean of the School of Cognitive Science. "The interdisciplinary nature of Hampshire situates the rigorous study and practice of game design at the intersections of art, computer science, psychology, and education, which brings new ideas and energy to all those fields."
Ira Fay, assistant professor of computer science and game design, and CEO of Fay Games, said, "This exciting recognition reflects the wealth of opportunities and resources that are available for students at Hampshire and in the Five College area. I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing community of students, alumni, staff, administration, faculty members, and game developers."
Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP/publisher, said: "It has long been our mission to help students find - and get into - the schools best for them. For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Hampshire College as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field. We also salute the faculty and staff at Hampshire College and the other schools on our 2014 lists for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design."Game design at Hampshire