Game Sound Design Major

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Game Sound Design is available as a major.

Sound is absolutely vital to creating a new world. Game sound designers create the music, dialogue, and sound effects that bring a video game to life.

Is the game environment a dystopian urban jungle or a tropical rainforest? Is your character angry and dark or have a sunny disposition? Is your weapon a spear or a rocket launcher? No matter the answer, sound helps a game to communicate to the player in a way that immerses them completely in the game environment.

In this major, you’ll learn music theory and game sound design by working hands-on in sound studios and game engines, designing soundscapes for games that are developed with your full game team.

Qualities of a Game Sound Design Major:

  • Has a passion for music and auditory environments
  • Is highly creative and loves exploring new ways to make sound effects
  • Enjoys problem solving to find the best solutions
  • Loves creating experiences for other people
  • Is a good communicator and likes working with others
  • Loves technology and boldly pursues new concepts to improve their work
  • Is intellectually curious and loves to explore a variety of topics and resources for inspiration to become a better sound designer

Career Opportunities for Game Sound Design Major Graduates

Sound design careers are a hybrid of in-studio employees and independent sound designers. In either case, you’ll work within a team to create scores, sound effects, and dialog that give games depth and life.

Careers in Game Sound Design include:

  • Audio Designer
  • Technical Sound Designer
  • Game Audio Engineer
  • Recording Engineer

Outcomes for Game Sound Design

The first graduating class for the Game Sound Design major will be 2025.

  • 100% of students will create a Game Sound Design portfolio
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Van Dora Williams, PhD

Game Sound Design

“Be inquisitive. Be open to learning and be willing to explore in areas that perhaps you didn’t think you would have an interest in. Be open to that because in that space is where you will really learn how your skills and your creativity can really blossom.”
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Game Sound Designers require a deep-dive into both game history and sound fundamentals to build a strong foundation in audio production. From the first day of their first semester, students in our Game Sound Design major will begin learning what it takes to produce high-quality audio and create a game ambiance like no other.

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Game Sound Design Major Admissions

Whether you are a musician now or just considering how you could use technology to create sound, Game Sound Design could be your path. Champlain College is the ideal setting to learn the tools, techniques, and best practices of creating audio for video games. In addition to learning your own field, you’ll learn how to do the job while collaborating as part of a full development team. A bachelor’s degree in Game Sound Design from Champlain College shows employers that you’re enthusiastic, experienced, and ready to get to work.

We look for strong writing and communication skills and a balanced academic background from applicants. There is no portfolio requirement for this major.

Preparation

Academic preparation includes successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum, including:

  • 4 years of reading/writing English
  • 3 years of History/Social Sciences 
  • 3 years of Mathematics (at least through Algebra II. Many students take Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus as juniors or seniors)
  • 3 years of Natural Sciences, including two courses with lab components
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • A full course load of challenging academic subjects senior year

Applying

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.

If you’re ready to learn how to compose music and soundscapes so you can score games alongside your game development team, we want to hear from you.

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The Champlain Sound Studio has been designed and built from the ground up as a music studio. It has complete sonic isolation, including floated floors and walls, custom wiring, and an SSL XL desk—a world class mixing console.
Eric Sample, Division of Communication & Creative Media Professor

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Six Majors. One Experience.

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.

The Game Studio Experience

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