The Princeton Review has announced their “Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2012 ,” ranking the Game Design Program  at the Art Institute of Vancouver  as number five on the top 10 of the list for undergraduate schools. This is The Art Institute of Vancouver’s third appearance on the list and the only school from Canada included in the top 10.
The Princeton Review conducted a comprehensive survey with 150 colleges in the United States and Canada. The survey asked approximately 50 questions associated with the video game design courses offered at these schools, with topics ranging from the quality of academics to the institutions’ facilities. Other important factors taken into consideration by the surveyors were faculty credentials and career opportunities.
“We are very proud to be ranked again in the top ten list by The Princeton Review,” said John Mazzoni, President of The Art Institutes. “It is a testament to the great work by our faculty and staff at the school who are dedicated to achieving excellence and helping students reach their educational goals.”
Marc Aubanel, Academic Director for Media Arts at The Art Institute of Vancouver, has set the precedent for his school. Aubanel has an extensive background in the media arts industry including producing the TV program “Sanctuary,” which is now shown on the Syfy network. In addition, Aubanel was previously a Vice President and Executive Producer at Electronic Arts Canada.
“Academic and professional programs in video game design studies – from very specialized college majors to highly concentrated graduate degrees – have evolved tremendously over the past 10 years,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher at The Princeton Review.
“We salute the schools on our list this year for their commitment to this burgeoning field and the innovative programs they offer. For students aspiring to work in this more than $10.5 billion industry and for the companies that will need their creative talents and skills, we hope this project will serve as a catalyst for many rewarding connections,” said Franek.