SMU Guildhall named Top 10 Program for Game Design

SMU Guildhall Named Top Grad School for Game Design

Mar 12, 2019

SMU Guildhall Named to The Princeton Review List, "Top 25 Graduate Schools for Game Design for 2019"

SMU Guildhall has been recognized as one of 2019's top graduate schools at which to study game design by The Princeton Review®. The education services company features the school on its 10th annual ranking list, "Top 25 Graduate Schools for Game Design."

SMU Guildhall captured the 2nd spot on the graduate programs list, which The Princeton Review released March 12th along with its list, "Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Game Design." The full lists are posted at Top Schools for Game Design 2019.

“We’re proud to continually achieve a Top 10 ranking year after year. This consistency demonstrates the ongoing level of success and high quality that has come to be expected and recognized in a SMU Guildhall education,” said SMU Guildhall Director, Gary Brubaker.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for its top game design program lists this year based on a survey it conducted in 2018 of administrators at 150 institutions that offer game design courses, majors, or degree programs. Surveyed schools were in the U.S., Canada and abroad. The survey collected information about the schools' game design programs in four areas: academics, faculty, technology, and career prospects. In all, more than 40 data points were analyzed to tally the lists. More information on The Princeton Review rankings methodology is here.

"We highly recommend SMU Guildhall and each and every one of the institutions that made our lists for 2019," said Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief for The Princeton Review. "Their faculties are outstanding and their facilities are awesome. Just as impressive: their alumni include many of the video game industry’s most prominent artists, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.”

The Princeton Review developed its “Top Game Design Schools" project in 2009 with assistance from a national advisory board that helped design the project survey ranking list methodology. Board members included administrators and faculty from respected game design programs, and professionals from some of the top gaming companies. SMU has ranked amongst the top schools for game design every year since 2011.

The Princeton Review's reporting partner for this project, PC Gamer (a monthly magazine published by Future plc), has a feature on the ranking lists in its May issue. It reports interesting facts on the schools' programs, faculty, and alumni. The issue lands in subscriber mailboxes in mid-March and on newsstands March 26.

The Princeton Review is also known for its annual rankings of colleges, business schools, and law schools in dozens of categories it reports on its site and in its books including The Best 384 Colleges, and The Best Value Colleges. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.


Top Schools for Game Design 2019

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About SMU Guildhall

Since its genesis, SMU Guildhall has set the bar in game development education. Recognized as one of the best game design graduate programs in the world, SMU Guildhall works collaboratively across disciplines and industries to train the next generation of game developers. It’s long held a seat in the Top 10 rankings for game development programs across the world by the Princeton Review, sitting at Number 1 for the past two years. In addition to its Team Game Production curriculum, the Guildhall has been commended for the high quality of its faculty of industry veterans and professionals as well as its career services achievements. The program has graduated over 770 alumni, who now work at more than 270 video game studios and tech companies around the world. The program’s achievements can also be seen in its high-caliber game successes including record breaking downloads, awards, and contest wins. SMU Guildhall offers both a Master of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development degree and a Professional Certificate of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development, and it is the only program to offer specializations in all four cornerstones of game development — Art, Design, Production, and Programming. For more information, visit


About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep 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, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. Its brand is the largest online tutoring service in the U.S. It comprises a community of more than 3,000 tutors who have delivered more than 15 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit The Princeton Review. Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev.


About Future plc

Future plc is an international media group and leading digital publisher, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR). The Group operates two separately managed brand-led divisions: Media and Magazine. The Group has a reach of 100m+ globally, including 62m online users and 63m social media reach. The Magazine division is brand-led. It has over 100 market-leading publications, with 10 key titles. The Media division focuses on being at the forefront of digital innovation, in particular the high growth technology and games markets, with three complementary revenue streams: eCommerce, events and digital advertising. It has a number of leading brands including TechRadar, PC Gamer, GamesRadar+, The Photography Show, Generate, The Homebuilding and Renovating Show and Golden Joysticks Awards.