Communications Office: Stephen Mease
BURLINGTON, VT — The Champlain Game Academy, July 8-19, 2013 will help high school students interested in games explore the possibilities of the exciting and growing field of Game Development.
Under the direction of Champlain College Game Studio professors the Champlain Game Academy will introduce high school students to all aspects of game development, including game design, game art and animation, programming, sound, testing and production. The curriculum is modeled on the collaborative approach of The Game Studio cohort at Champlain College. Check out the approach at gamestudio.champlain.edu.
Game Academy students will have the opportunity to focus on their areas of special interest, and with the instruction of industry professionals will co- create a finished portion of a game.
Academy graduates will gain an immersive experience in game development, and get a head start on building a portfolio to pursue their passion after high school.
What is the Champlain Game Academy?
A summer residential Game Development Academy to introduce high school students who are interested in any of the game disciplines (Art and Animation, Design, Programming, Sound, Testing and Production) to the process of interdisciplinary game development.
Who is the Champlain Academy intended for?
The Academy will benefit most greatly students who are seriously considering studying Game Development in college and/or are considering the game industry for a career. However, anyone who is interested in game development is welcome to attend.
Who will be running the Champlain Academy?
The Program Director is Dean Lawson. Lawson is professor of Game Programming at Champlain College and has been a game developer since 1994. He has worked on more than 15 published games for PC, PS2, Nintendo DS, Web and iPhone. Bridget Ryan, is the administrative director and is the contact person for all questions regarding registration.
Who will be teaching at the Academy?
All classes are designed and instructed by professors of Game Development at Champlain College. Current and recently graduated Game Development students will assist in the classroom.
What will I learn at the Academy?
You will learn how to use a 3-D game engine to develop interactive games. Depending on your interests, you can focus on creating 3D Art and Animations, designing games (emphasis on level design), programming, creating music and sound effects, or testing and the production process. At the end of the Academy you will have a finished portion of a game that was created by you and students from other disciplines working together as a team. The game can serve as the centerpiece of your game portfolio (many schools require portfolios for admission into their game development programs). Most importantly, you will have your love of games and interest in how they are made confirmed before you embark on your college career.
How can I register?
Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2013 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu