About School

Champlain College is a not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, providing hands-on, relevant education that prepares students to succeed in emerging and changing fields. We’ve developed our career-focused degree programs in collaboration with employers to ensure our students possess the knowledge, skills and experience needed to excel in their chosen field. Our close-knit community of caring, supportive educators challenges students to do their best work.

The Game Studio emphasizes teamwork across game development disciplines. Game Art, Game Design, Game Programming and Game Production Management majors master skills specific to their discipline in their program courses, while developing collaboration skills and making games in the game production courses. In addition to program and production courses, students gain broad knowledge and develop critical thinking skills through a series of general education courses.

Success Stories

In 2018 and 2019, several seniors had job offers from studios including Raven, Vicarious Visions, Ready at Dawn, FXville, Velan Studios and Insomniac Games, a few months prior to graduation.

Recruiters from several studios including, Vicarious Visions, Velan Studios, Sony Bend and Ubisoft Montreal attend our yearly Game Development Senior Show. This is an opportunity for students to showcase the games they create in Capstone and Senior Production as well as their individual portfolios. Recruiters conduct 50-80 on-campus interviews the day after the senior showcase, resulting in many job offers.

Colton Orr

Character Artist, Insomniac Games

Michael Manfred

Environment Artist, Vicarious Visions

Lisa Barber

Environment Artist, 343 Industries

Evangeline “Eva” Fahantidou

Quest Designer, Ubisoft

Laura Reilly

Associate Programmer, Sony Bend

Nikki Pito

Environment Artist, Raven Software

Alumni Employment Rates

Career success 6 months after graduation (class of 2018): Game Art - 81%, Game Design - 76%, Game Programming - 84%, Game Production Management - 100%.

Colton Orr '18 - Character Artist at Insomniac Games

Champlain College was the perfect launchpad for my career in the game industry. The program taught me artistic, technical, and interpersonal skills that landed me a job as a character artist at Insomniac games before graduation. Their study abroad program was an invaluable experience that gave me the opportunity to learn from working professionals and get my foot in the door at a AAA studio.

Amanda Crispel

Amanda has 21 years of experience in the electronic entertainment industry, specializing in products for children and families.

JoAnn Patel

JoAnn Patel has a MFA in Computer Arts from Florida Atlantic University and a BFA in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design.

Dean Lawson

Dean Lawson has worked in the Games Industry for the past 21 years primarily as a Programmer but also as a Designer, Project Lead and Director of Programming.

Student Artwork

Here is a small sample of artwork created by students during their time at the school. This quality of work is used by students' to apply for jobs.

Courses

Champlain College is a four year bachelor’s degree-granting institution. The four Game Studio majors participate in Game Production courses, every year, starting in their first semester. The four years of collaborative game production allow students to create polished games by their junior and senior year, some of which go on to be published. It also prepares students for the collaborative work typical in profesional game studios.

In addition to the production courses, each major takes courses dedicated to their area of focus. In their first semester Game Art students study figure drawing using traditional media and the elements and principles of design, color theory and composition using digital media. In the second semester they take Intro to 3-D Modeling and Texturing and Intro to Animation for Games. Sophomore year builds on the artistic and technical skills learned in the first year, allowing students to gain an intermediate skill  level in 3-D modeling, texturing, digital painting and animation. By junior year Game Art students start to focus on portfolio work, taking advanced courses in areas such as Game Environments, Character Development, Technical Art, 3-D Animation and Game Visual Effects. In senior year students continue to create portfolio work in their area of focus.

Game Design, Game Programming and Game Production Management have similarly scaffolded curriculum based on each discipline.

Name Duration Price Intake Dates
Game Art BS 4 years $41,010 per year End of August.Application Deadline - January 15
Game Design BS 4 years $41,010 per year End of August. Application Deadline - January 15
Game Programming BS 4 years $41,010 per year End of August.Application Deadline - January 15
Game Production Management BS 4 years $41,010 per year End of August.Application Deadline - January 15

Awards

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