OC named a top-10 program for game design

Apr 24, 2018

Oklahoma Christian University’s gaming and animation program continues to be ranked among the best anywhere. One of the leading industry websites for game developers, Los Angeles-based 80 Level, just named OC a Top 10 Game Design Program. Other universities making the list were: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, University of California, Michigan State University, University of Utah, Full Sail University, DigiPen Institute of Technology and Abertay University in England. OC was the only Christian university to make the list.

Professor of Art and Design Jeff Price leads OC’s gaming and animation program. He also serves as the chair of the department of art and design.

“It’s quite an honor to be named to this list from an industry-respected source,” Price said. “I am so proud of our students and professors.”

In March, OC’s gaming and animation program also made PC Gamer magazine and the Princeton Review’s 2018 list of Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Game Design. This was OC’s sixth straight year to be included.

Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs, praised Price and the art and design department for these latest honors.

“These distinctions reflect the fantastic work being done by Jeff and the art and design faculty,” LaMascus said. “They are dedicated to helping students become advanced, professional artists guided by a spiritual worldview.”

Visit 80 Level's full report on OC's program online here. As Price explained, OC's program now boasts three state-of-the-art studio spaces.

The Sparks Advanced Visualization Lab is the hub for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. It features 20 workstations in pods of four. Each individual station features a high-powered PC with a 27” display and a dedicated 22” Dell Canvas drawing tablet. Each four-person pod surrounds a 65” HD display for group collaboration. The lab hosts a Formlabs 3D printer, Glowforge CNC plotter, Playstation development kits, Xbox development kits and all the latest VR and AR equipment—such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens.

The Baugh Motion Capture Studio features an Optitrack Motion Capture system, as well as workstations for students.

The Cox Digital Art lab is a workhorse for graphic design, digital painting and 3D modeling. Recently reconfigured and upgraded for more effective teaching and collaboration, the lab houses 24 workstations, each with an i7 iMac and a paired Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet.

Students learn over 30 industry standard applications such as Maya, 3DS Max, Substance Tools, Unity and Unreal. Several students have gone on to work for studios such as Dreamworks, Treyarch, Sony Imageworks, Rooster Teeth, Riot Games and others.