Columbia Named One of 2023’s Top Game Design Schools

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The “Animation Career Review's” annual rankings of game design schools and colleges places Columbia College Chicago among the top schools.

The Animation Career Review has announced its 11th annual game design school rankings, with Columbia College Chicago placing 2nd in Illinois, 7th in the Midwest, and 38th nationally. Columbia also ranked in the top 25 nationally among private schools and colleges.  

While preparing the 2023 rankings, Animation Career Review considered nearly 200 schools with game design programs from across the US. The criteria used in determining the rankings include academic reputation, depth and breadth of the program faculty, admission selectivity, and graduation rate.  

These regional and national rankings began in 2012 as a response to aspiring animators and game designers wanting to know the best schools in the United States. 

Columbia’s game design program is part of the School of Media Arts’ Interactive Arts and Media department where students work with new and emerging technologies to create immersive multimedia experiences. The department has been recognized for its work with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine and is a member of Epic’s Unreal Academic Partner Program.