The Emergent Media Center (EMC) is an academic Center of Excellence at Champlain College. Operating in partnership with industry, public institutions and nonprofits, the EMC has established a laboratory/studio environment in which students collaborate with peers, faculty and clients to develop new concepts, processes, uses and applications for games and other emergent media.
Through a paid position, work-study or internship in the EMC, you can be part of a team that uses game technologies and emergent media to integrate art and code with cultural awareness, creativity and communication.
Students working in the EMC in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund created a game called Breakaway that addresses the issue of violence against women. The students traveled to South Africa to research the topic, then created the concept, developed the game and presented it at the Montreal International Game Summit as well as at the United Nations. Students also worked personally with international soccer star Samuel Eto’o, the spokesperson for the project’s rollout at the 2010 World Cup Games, held this past summer in South Africa.
Another group of students working through the EMC created digital 3D models of all the buildings in Burlington using Google SketchUp, a project that is now being used by Burlington city officials for long-range planning, environmental assessment, economic development and emergency response. Other recent EMC projects completed by students include developing two new missions for America’s Army, a popular online game with more than 9.4 million users, and games to promote literacy.