The University of Tulsa’s computer gaming degree has been named to the Princeton Review’s list of “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017.” This is TU’s second consecutive year to be recognized after establishing a computer simulation and gaming program in 2015. The degree provides a custom curriculum for students interested in the graphic art, music composition, sound effects, creative writing, simulation and software components of game development.
“The computer simulation and gaming industry is growing regionally and nationally,” said Roger Mailler, program director and an associate professor in TU’s Tandy School of Computer Science. “We’re pleased our program has received international recognition while providing a path to exciting career opportunities.”
The Princeton Review’s rankings are based on a 40-question survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad that offer game design degrees or courses. The survey collected a wide range of data from qualifying schools including graduates’ career achievements, starting salaries, university academic achievements and facilities.
Senior Steven Buchele of Garden City, Kansas, is completing a triple degree in film studies, computer science and computer simulation and gaming. With a long-term career goal to one day write cartoons, he said TU’s interdisciplinary curriculum is ideal for his future.
“When I was looking at colleges, I couldn’t give up the part of me that likes the math, the logical thinking and the computer aspect so I came to TU to do both,” Buchele said. “It’s been really fulfilling to do 500 lines of code and 500 pages of a screen play in one week, and that’s something that’s rather unique to the TU program.”
Every week, Buchele visits Tulsa Public Schools’ Mayo Demonstration School to work with students in a Coding Club established by the TU gaming program. He is helping students learn code and design a video game for the annual Heartland Gaming Expo. Hosted by the Tandy School of Computer Science, the event is the largest game development competition in the central United States. The 2017 expo is set for April 8-9 at TU’s Reynolds Center. Tickets can be purchased at heartlandgamingexpo.com.