For the fifth consecutive year, Edinboro University Game and Virtual World Development track was ranked among the top programs in Pennsylvania.
Animation Career Review, a leading source of information and rankings in the game design sector, granted Edinboro the No. 5 spot in the Top 5 Game Design Schools and Colleges in Pennsylvania - 2018 list. An award-winning program in just its seventh year at Edinboro, the rigorous program prepares students to face the challenges of this rapidly growing field.
“Edinboro offers students the unique experience of taking classes from our top-notch computer science and art departments,” said Dr. Anne Quinn, chairperson of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “I am pleased to see our program was recognized as being one of the top programs in the field.”
Game design students complete general coursework in the computer science, mathematics and physics curricula to prepare for a variety of careers such as game developers and engineers, game programmers and modeling and simulation development. In addition to being one of the most rigorous tracks in the Math and Computer Science Department, the Game and Virtual World Development track intersects with the Art Department, with required art courses such as three-dimensional design, traditional animation and computer animation.
EU’s computer science prospectus includes a theoretical track that received national accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Across the U.S., there is an increased demand for animation and visual effects in everything from sophisticated video games to movies to corporate presentations. Jobs in this field are expected to grow 10 percent annually – faster than most other occupations between now and 2026.
Graduates with Edinboro’s math and computer science background have worked for Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Daniel Taylor, ’08, worked as a software development engineer at Amazon before landing a job as a software engineer for iStreamPlanet. Nathan Christy, ’06, started his career as a software engineer intern at Erie Insurance. He then specialized in automated test infrastructure and development at Google before becoming a software developer at Susquehanna International Group (SIG) in Philadelphia.
Animation Career Review considers the Edinboro University’s academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth of program and faculty, tuition value and the program’s geographic location in the annual game-design rankings.
ACR also ranked Edinboro University No. 13 in the Top 50 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the United States and No. 14 among the Top 25 Animation Schools and College on the East Coast for 2018.
For more information about EU’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department and the Game and Virtual World Development track, visit www.edinboro.edu/game-design.
Photo caption: Students in EU’s popular Game and Virtual World Development track experience both computer science and art coursework for their degree and learn with industry-leading virtual reality equipment.