Our summer Game Academy programs offer middle and high school students the chance to develop games using the innovative Game Studio model.
The Champlain Game Academy offers two intensive pre-college programs for high school students entering grades 10-12 and a virtual introductory program for students entering grades 7-9. Our pre-college summer programs are designed to explore what it is like to study game development in college while learning how to make games.
Using the learning model of the acclaimed Champlain Game Studio, students in these programs will work in a creative cohort that stresses the importance of teamwork and creative collaboration.
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The Champlain Game Academy curriculum was created using the award-winning learning model of The Game Studio at Champlain College. Like the Game Studio, our program emphasizes teamwork and creative collaboration across all the game development disciplines. In order to understand how a professional game development team works, students will be introduced to all aspects of game development—including game art and animation, business, design, production management, programming, sound, and testing. Then, under the direction of professors and industry professionals, students will gain real-world experience in their areas of special interest in this field by working together across game development disciplines to build original game prototypes. By the end of this program, students will have an understanding of the behind-the-scenes operations of the world’s professional game studios, a game prototype that can be used in a portfolio for college applications, and first-hand experience of what it will be like to study game development in college.
The Advanced Game Academy curriculum delves deeper into the field of game development. Students learn advanced skills in their fields of interest through higher-level classes. This additional knowledge, combined with hands-on guidance from our faculty, creates an opportunity for students to produce more complex game prototypes in a team environment. By enrolling in this advanced program, students gain more experience in the collaborative skill sets needed to be successful and prepared for the rigor of college-level courses.* The Champlain Game Academy is a prerequisite for this program.
If you are entering into grades 7-9 this fall and want to know what it takes to make a game—this is the program for you! This exciting five-day synchronous program offers a curriculum inspired by our Champlain Game Academy program, but redesigned for students entering grades 7-9 who are eager to get started in this field. Introduction to Game Development will be taught by the same world-class faculty who teach our pre-college program. Just like in our pre-college programs, students will be introduced to all aspects of game development and will also work on a team to make a game prototype.
In the Champlain Game Academy, students will:
During the program, students work closely with Champlain College professors who teach game development courses in our innovative Game Studio and have extensive expertise and professional connections in the game industry.
Program attendees will have a lot in common with their fellow students. By working together in the classroom, living together in the residence halls, and enjoying extra-curricular activities, students form friendships that last far beyond the length of the Academy.
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The daily program will include morning and afternoon instruction, and a combination of instruction and recreational activities in the evenings. We’ll work right through the weekend to take full advantage of the time we have together!
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The Academy totally mirrors what goes on at Champlain. Everything they do in the Academy is what a student would experience as part of the undergraduate program.
The Game Studio at Champlain College is the premier program for students looking to get a professional game development experience from day one of their education. Take major-specific classes and learn the skills and techniques that go into building your favorite games. Work as a team with other game students and construct fully functional games that you can download, play, and publish. By graduation, you’ll be prepared to succeed in a rewarding career in game development. At the Game Studio, we don’t simulate what game development could look like—we put you in the middle of the real game studio experience.
We’ll send you Game Studio info plus a game art poster designed by our students when you fill out this form.