Art & Animation

Game Artists and animators create the look, feel and textures in game environments. Building on a core study of the visual arts, you’ll master the latest 2D and 3D game art tools and technologies, acquiring a complete set of technical skills while refining your creative abilities as an artist.

Working with a faculty of industry experts, and collaborating with Champlain peers from other aspects of game creation, you’ll learn how to translate story, character and environmental concepts into a flowing, believable, attention-grabbing game worlds.

Design

Game Designers craft the architecture, create the experiences and tell the stories that set games in motion and establish believable, interactive worlds. Beginning with studies of scripting, writing, production, group dynamics and visual and interactive aesthetics, you’ll choose a focus of game system design, level design or game writing.

Building on your core studies, you’ll work with faculty and Champlain peers from each of the other game development majors on original projects. At Champlain you’ll hone your ability to concept a game, then design it, and, finally, to produce it in a collaborative, team-based real-world studio work setting.

Programming

Programmers write the language that turn games from concept and art into a nuanced game world. Champlain was one of the first institutions in the nation to to offer a bachelor’s degree in Game Programming, and it continues to be taught by professors with outstanding achievement in the game industry.

In this major you’ll gain cutting-edge skills and experience that will make you a superior candidate for a position as programmer in the game industry or any number of other industries. After studying a foundation of mathematics, physics, computer science and software engineering, you’ll bring your technical abilities to bear on collaborative projects with students from other game development majors.

In Champlain’s team-based studio environment, before senior year you’ll be building artificial intelligence and 3D graphics, and authoring code that’ll drive graphics and bring characters to life.

Production

The growing field of game development requires more than art, design and programming. To launch a successful product, a game development team needs a knowledgeable project manager/producer. If you are business-minded and envision yourself managing a team of designers, artists and programmers in creating video games, this specialization is for you.

Through this specialization, you’ll be able to apply the business foundation you are building in the Game Production Management major to the fast-paced world of game development, where you’ll be responsible for guiding each production team to success. If you take this specialization, your four years at Champlain will include business courses, game courses and the College’s Core curriculum.