Robust Game Design, Animation Programs Ranked Best in State, Best in Nation | Dunn County News

Eleanore Falck is ready to take her “game” to the next level, thanks in part to her training in a University of Wisconsin-Stout program that has again been ranked among the best in the United States.

Falck, of Ashland, a senior in game design and art development, will move to Boston after graduating in May to work for Molasses Flood, a CD Projekt studio. She will be a junior environmental artist for domestic game developer, which recently released Drake Hollow.

“I’m proud of how hard I worked to quickly improve my skills and land a job I’m really passionate about in a highly competitive field,” Falck said.

National success is nothing new for graduates of the Game Design and Development-Art program, as well as those of the Animation and Digital Media program.

New rankings place the two undergraduate programs in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, as well as the Game Design and Development concentration in the affiliated Bachelor of Science Computer Science program, in a select company, where they have been for a decade.

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Princeton Review ranked the game design and art development program:

  • No. 7 nationally among public universities and colleges
  • No. 26 overall in the United States
  • #1 in Wisconsin

Princeton Review, an educational services company, surveyed 150 colleges and universities specializing in game design, including schools in Canada and Europe.

Animation Career Review ranked the Animation and Digital Media program:

  • #37 nationally among public universities and colleges
  • No. 17 in the Midwest
  • #1 in Wisconsin

Animation Career Review’s 10th Annual Ranking reviewed the programs of 125 schools.

“Despite the challenges and disruptions caused by the pandemic over the past two years, our programs have continued to maintain our high standards and our national profile as a top school in these areas,” said Associate Professor Andrew Williams, director of game design and development BFA- art program.

Associate Professor Kim Loken is Director of the Animation and Digital Media Program as well as an Instructor in Game Design and Development-Art. “The ranking confirms the strength of the way we have structured the program, in which students from both programs share core courses, benefiting from a greater number of professors, while deepening dedicated course sequences in their fields. respective. It also creates a strong community for students,” she said.

Animation Career Review also ranked game design programs, with UW-Stout ranking #8 in the Midwest, #19 nationally among public schools, #38 nationally, and #1 in Wisconsin.

Falck said the UW-Stout School of Art and Design nurtured her creative abilities by providing a broad curriculum and opportunities to network with professionals.

“Stout taught me the basics of a variety of skills, so I was able to discover what I liked best and focus on those skills. I also had the opportunity to meet current professionals in the industry. industry and practice public speaking by being part of the International Game Developers Association,” Falck said.

When she decided to focus on 3D environment art, she got help from Assistant Professor Joshua Seaver to create an independent study course and delve deeper into the subject, she said. “It’s been incredibly beneficial to me,” she said.

The School of Art and Design at UW-Stout offers six BFA programs, including Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Studio Art. It offers two Bachelor of Science degrees in Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship and Video Production and a Master of Fine Arts in Design.

UW-Stout’s game design and animation lab spaces include a state-of-the-art Vicon motion capture studio.