Do you have a head for team-leading and a heart for video games? The game industry needs individuals with an aptitude for communication and organization—people who can manage a game development team to create innovative and exciting new games.
Start learning the intricacies of the game production pipeline and immediately begin practicing the art and science of leadership. At Champlain, you aren’t just reading about various management techniques—you’re developing your own effective team leadership style over four years.
In the Game Production Management major, one of the few degrees of its kind in the country, students learn to organize, motivate, and oversee creative teams. You’ll be an integral part of the process, learning how to effectively bring together contributions from each team member to create a finished game.
Qualities of a Game Production Management Major:
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Students will learn about team interactions, software project management processes, tools, and technologies, through observation, reflection, role-play and hands-on software project management. Students are introduced to project management as a discipline, compare various software project management methodologies, discover and reflect on individual strengths and practices, and apply the Agile methodology to game development using Scrum, including day-to-day techniques to lead a team to success without waste, technical debt or crunchtime.
Game History is an integrated, cross-disciplinary hands-on history class where students actively research the evolution and history of games through the lenses of design, art, technology, business, society and culture. Working with resources from the Game History Teaching Collection, and from the perspective of their discipline as a game developer, students will play, study and research historical to contemporary games. In this way, students will discover the nexus of relationships driving game development.
Introduces the skills of project management to define a project’s scope, specifications and assumptions, and develop a work breakdown structure using various methodologies. Students gain an understanding of the value of time lines and Gantt charts and utilize a leading project management software application.
In Game Studio I, students from all of the degrees of the Game Studio work together in small, multidisciplinary teams to rapidly conceptualize, plan and prototype a variety of 2D game prototypes. Students explore development for both PC and mobile technology, while learning collaborative skills in communication, agile project management techniques, and version control.
This is a fourth-year business course designed for Business and e-Business & Commerce majors; it is a capstone learning experience which should be taken in the student’s final semester. This course offers students an opportunity to participate in an intensive, hands-on management-level work experience in a business or not-for-profit setting that complements individual career aspirations. After finding an appropriate internship site, student interns will apply their business skills in a project-based context to help the organization address a problem or capitalize on an opportunity. In addition to the workplace projects, interns will research current information pertaining to their projects, conduct site analysis evaluations, analyze critical incidents, submit final written reports and present oral summaries to their peers. Upon completion of this course students should have gained valuable business experiences, acquired strong insights into an industry and an organization and made career-building contacts.
In Game Studio II, students from all of the degrees of the Game Studio work together in large, multidisciplinary teams to rapidly conceptualize, pitch, plan and develop a 3D game. Students utilize the latest in game technology, while perfecting their collaborative, communication skills, and agile project management techniques.
The college capstone is an opportunity for students to pursue a self-directed experience in their professional program that intentionally integrates their liberal learning in the Core curriculum with their program learning. In addition to the substantive professional-based hands-on project in this class, the capstone will include a professional ethics component and a self-evaluation/self-reflection component.
In EGD 420, Game Studio III, seniors successful in pitching their games during the college capstone in the Fall semester continue into full production. Forming large production teams, games are taken to the perfect polished state of gold master, ready for publication. Academic emphasis for the class is focused on working successfully in a professional studio environment, preparing for entrance into the job market, and taking personal craft to the next level.
It takes a special set of skills to lead a creative team in developing a game—skills that are an integral part of your education in Game Production. Careers in Game Production Management include:
Game Producers are a high-demand profession in the growing game industry, and Champlain Game Production Management students find themselves well prepared to make a career in the game industry.
Game Production Management
“We get a Scrum Master Certification here, which is very big in the game industry. You’ll find most of the industry uses Scrum, and they definitely want a Scrum Master on their team. It’s great to already have that qualification coming out of college.”
A developement screenshot of our current capstone Live/Wire.
A screenshot from our capstone prototype Gossamer.
Junior Year Game Studio Project
The important skills you develop in the 15-credit Communication minor will give you a tremendous advantage in the marketplace. With so many avenues of communication available today, it’s never been more important to understand the most effective ways to craft powerful messages and the best means to get your point across.
Differences occur and conflicts happen—it’s what you do about it that makes a difference. With the 15-credit Conflict Management minor on your résumé, you will demonstrate that you can effectively and constructively manage conflict in your work, community, and personal life, while effectively advocating for your own needs.
Digital marketing is essential within the business world. Champlain College has designed the Digital Marketing Minor to capitalize on this surging and ever-changing industry. You’ll learn the fundamentals of graphic design, use web-based metrics and digital analytic tools to understand data, and apply web development knowledge to practice successful search engine optimization techniques. By the time you’ve completed this minor, you’ll be well positioned to help market the games you produce.
The need for savvy business professionals with a strong background in finance has never been greater. In order to thrive in competitive economic markets, today’s businesses depend on the most forward-thinking financial practices that will help them thrive in the present and well into the future.
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What is the best thing about Game Production Management?
I love the multidisciplinary aspect of my major. As a producer, it’s beneficial to know a little bit about each game discipline to know how they fit together to make the whole game. Since day one in the Game Studio, all the game majors were making games together. The process felt so natural. We’ve all been playing games since we were little, but we weren’t sure how to make them yet. That’s where the faculty stepped in and closed the gap to help us.
What kind of projects have you worked on in your major?
I’ve made half a dozen games here at Champlain, and working on our game in Montreal was really gratifying. We made it in 10 weeks and people in the industry loved it. As developers, we felt a huge sense of pride in our final product. We worked so hard on this project, and people were asking when we would put it online so they could buy it.
What has surprised you most about your time at Champlain?
I’m a first-generation college student, and I never thought that I would be in the position I am in today. When I was a kid, my mom always said I would go to college, and I never doubted it. I thought college would be all about hard work and good grades—which it is, don’t get me wrong—but I never expected all the memories I’ve made over the years. I made my best friends here, the ones that are going to last forever.
How has the Upside-Down Curriculum enhanced your education?
With the upside-down curriculum, I’ve had a huge jump start in marketing myself as a young professional. I’m able to tell potential employers about my interactive experiences with project management and facilitating team work ahead of many other underclassmen.
What Extracurricular activities are you involved in? What do you do/why do you enjoy them?
I love participating in the Global Game Jam. It’s an incredibly manic weekend where you make a game with your favorite people, and figure out very quickly if your discipline is the right match for you. For me, it was the perfect sign that I really did love game production.
What advice do you have for students thinking about coming to Champlain for college?
If you have a genuine passion for something, and you want a school to support those goals. Champlain is the perfect school for you. It really is incredible how much focus there is on what major you decide on. Ambition is such an important characteristic for a student here!
In Champlain’s unique Game Production Management program, you’ll learn to be an effective team leader with deep experience in game development.
You’ll learn the business side and the game side—you can speak the language of the artist, the designer, and the programmer, and get the best work out of each team member. Prepare to navigate game business operations and act as a liaison between your team and company executives. In short: you’ll be able to manage creative people and bring video games to completion.
We look for strong writing and communication skills and a balanced academic background from applicants. There is no portfolio requirement for this major.
Academic preparation includes successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum, including:
If one of the elements of your academic profile is not as strong as your overall application we recommend a Personal Interview to demonstrate the personal qualities we look for in admitted students. We are seeking individuals who are highly motivated to achieve their professional and personal goals.
You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application or the Champlain College Application. Both are free. Regardless of which you choose, all applications are considered equally.
Graduate from Champlain with four years of relevant experience on your résumé. The game industry needs you, so get started on your application today.
Since day one in the Game Studio, all the game majors were making games together. The process felt so natural.
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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.
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