Montreal, Canada: One of the largest game development centers in the world and an international city located just 90 miles north of Champlain College.
Canada is the largest trading partner of the United States. In addition, Montreal is one of the world’s leading multimedia cities and a dynamic business and design center. Living on our Champlain College Montreal campus will give you a unique international perspective on the evolving workplace and the career essentials needed to become a global professional.
Courses are tailored to Montreal’s wealth of media and business, taught by industry veterans around the city. General education courses, including cultural immersion through the arts, encourage students to interact with the vibrant local community.
Check Out Our VR Tour!
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Champlain Montreal, in collaboration with the Emergent Media Center and Game Studio, created a VR Tour of their Academic Centre which showcases some of their best student work made while studying here. As the player, you tour a virtual gallery of student work and can interact with elements to choose your viewing experience!
This 360 video shows you a run through of the tour without interactions:
Made by Scott Barter & Alex Frey (GDES ’18)
Edited by Nick Magnus (GDES ’19)
With over 75 established game studios in the city, Montreal competes with Tokyo, Japan and Austin, Texas as a gaming capital of the world. From collaborative, indie-dev spaces like the GamePlaySpace, to behemoths like Ubisoft and WB Games, Montreal boasts a wealth of studios, big and small.
Champlain regularly organizes visits and tours with other studios, big and small. Students have the opportunity to speak with grassroots developers and industry titans alike, visit their studios, and catch a valuable glimpse inside the game industry. We also invite indie and Triple-A developers to visit the campus, demo games, and organize playtesting sessions. Click here to read more about the professional opportunities students have found in Montreal!
Jobs and Internships
Being the second-largest city in Canada—and a gaming Mecca across the world—Montreal is teeming with opportunity. Our students are taking a leap in their professional lives by attending studio visits, industry conferences and events, and immersing themselves in a number of internships across the city.
Game students who have pursued internships during their semester abroad have found themselves working in variety of professional game studios. They’ve landed internships at places like Ubisoft, Behavior Interactive, and Rogue Factor, to name a few.
Plus, more than 35 alumni have landed full-time positions at studios around the city, including Ubisoft, Ludia, and Game Loft. In addition, the alumni regularly visit the campus, speak to students, and help them with building connections in the professional world.
Champlain also has a pool of over 60 game professional adjuncts available from Triple-A to Indie companies within the city, giving students access to an incredible web of resources and connections
If you’d like to read more, check out our Internship Chronicles:
Gaming Conferences & Events
Whether you’re studying in the spring or fall, Montreal always has something going on in it’s gaming sphere. Champlain College students have enjoyed discounts at the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) and have volunteered at conferences and conventions across the city. You can read about these experiences below. These events are valuable networking opportunities that just might land you a job further down the road.
The GamePlaySpace is an indie gaming mecca in Montreal. Every month, they open their doors to the public for playtesting. Champlain students are welcome to come, playtest games, and speak with developers about the craft–and it’s absolutely free! Be sure to check the GamePlaySpace website to find out what their playtest dates are that month.
The Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) is your chance to meet and network with hundreds of industry professionals. With 2700+ attendees and 700+ companies, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Attend panels and presentations by the industry’s brightest, and meet gaming legends like Riot CEO Brandon Beck and Halo composer Marty O’Donnell.
The Montreal Expo Gaming Arcade Weekend (MEGA) is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with other game developers and see a bunch of games currently in development, and even hear about never-before seen titles! Taking place in early November, it’s definitely an event you won’t want to miss!
Demo Night offers a rare glimpse into the production process. Studios across Montreal–no matter the size–come and demo their projects in concise, BS-free 5-minute increments. Here, you can get early access information to some heavily anticipated games, and rub shoulders with the developers who are making them.
A game jam is a lot like a musical jam session: gather a bunch of professionals in one room to create something entirely new and improvisational. The Global Game Jam is the largest Game Jam world wide, featuring international participation at a number of hubs around the world! This list includes Montreal, where students can take part in the jam and create something completely new in an intensive creation session spanning just 48 hours!
Read about other student’s experiences below:
- Making the Most of MIGS
- Getting in the Game
- A MEGA (Montreal Electronic Game Arcade) Weekend
- MIGS: 1 Credit Required Game Related Majors
- My First Networking Event; Four Things I Learned