One of the Studio’s unique components is its sense of community. Students from all four degrees come together for a number of community events each semester, including:
- A town hall meeting for the Champlain College Game Developers Association (CCGDA) at the start of each semester
- The Global Game Jam Weekend
- CCGDA sponsored speakers and workshops to foster professional development.
In addition to formally organized events, Champlain faculty and advisors encourage students to support each other in and out of class just as in a professional studio. It’s been found that students who seek the help and critique of their peers are far more successful than those that remain isolated, and building these relationships will lay the foundation for each student’s professional network for the future.
The Game Development Senior Show and Recruitment
At the end of the school year, Champlain hosts the Game Development Senior Show. This two-day event features a presentation night where all graduating seniors and their senior projects are presented to the community, invited family, friends, and special guests. The presentations are followed by an exhibition and reception. Company recruiters are invited to attend, followed by recruitment interviews on the second day of the event.
Champlain College Game Developers Association
The CCGDA is an official chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA.org), the largest professional organization of game developers and educators. The CCGDA sponsors speakers and other professional events, runs the Global Game Jam, and organizes field trips to conferences. You can find the CCDGA on LinkedIn at ChamplainEGD, and on FaceBook at Champlain College Game Developers Association.
Each year Champlain College faculty and students attend a variety of conferences. The Montreal International Game Summit is our main outing. We also attend PAX East, SIGGRAPH, The Educational Game Summit, the Games for Change Conference, and the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Champlain and the CCGDA provide organization and some scholarships to these events.