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Abertay ranked in prestigious Princeton Review’s best places to study game design

25 March 2015

Abertay University is the only European university to be ranked in the prestigious Princeton Review's just-published list for 2015 of the 'Top 25 Schools to Study Game Design'.

In the graduate list, Abertay is the only non-US institution listed, and in the undergraduate list Abertay is one of only two non-US institutions, the other being a college in Vancouver, Canada.

The Princeton Review ranked the universities based on a survey it conducted in 2014-15 of 150 institutions offering game design courses in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad.

The company's 50-question survey asked universities to report on everything from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to their graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience.

Among criteria the Princeton Review weighed up to make its selections were the university's curriculum, academic staff, facilities, career services, and technology.

Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, commented:

“This is a great accolade and a wonderful reward for the hard work and dedication of our staff in creating and delivering world-class educational opportunities in games design. It’s especially pleasing that the Princeton Review recognises our commitment to employability – helping our students to develop the knowledge and skills that will equip them for successful and fulfilling careers.

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 work in the burgeoning field of game design, we strongly recommend Abertay University and each of the other schools that made our 2015 lists.

“They have exceptional professors and awesome, state-of-the-art facilities. Collectively, these schools have graduated legions of the industry's most successful video game designers, developers, artists, and entrepreneurs."

For the third consecutive year, The Princeton Review teamed up with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future plc as its reporting partner on this project.

PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue, which will be available on newsstands on March 31. The feature has information on some of the education institutions' unique programs, class offerings, prominent professors, and alumni.


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Notes to Editors:

The Princeton Review developed its 'Top Schools To Study Game Design' project in 2009 with assistance from a national advisory board that helped design the survey instrument and methodology.

Board members included administrators and faculty from respected game design programs, and professionals from some of the top gaming companies.

The Princeton Review is also known for its annual rankings of colleges, law schools, and business schools in dozens of categories, which it reports on its site, and in its books including: The Best 379 Colleges, The Best 296 Business Schools, and The Best 169 Law Schools. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

About Abertay University

Abertay University is the United Kingdom’s leading university in computer games education and launching the next generation of interactive digital media companies. It launched the world’s first computer games technology degree in 1997, and runs both the UK Centre of Excellence for Computer Games Education and the international game design contest Dare to be Digital.

Abertay’s unique partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) makes Dare to be Digital the exclusive pathway to the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award, a major recognition of up-and-coming games talent.

Abertay’s facilities include, among other things, the largest Playstation teaching laboratory in Europe. 

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading academic tutoring, test preparation and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York City and is an operating business of IAC. For more information, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  and . Follow the company's Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev

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