Creative Media

Do you want to push the boundaries of art and communication, study multiple disciplines and pursue your passion outside the limits of traditional art programs? Champlain's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Media gives you total control and allows you to explore your love for various forms of artistic expression while creating something never-before-seen. In this distinctive program, you will explore the iterative nature of the artistic process by evaluating, deconstructing and revising your work in innovative Studio Workshops and Salon Seminars. You'll build a portfolio, learn how to critique work and grow confident in your sense of self-expression. Through collaborations with other students, classroom teaching and hands-on experience, you'll become conscious of branding, entrepreneurship and curatorial practices, grounding you in the business of interdisciplinary artistic endeavor.

Specialize in Three Unique Disciplines

As a Creative Media student, you'll choose three areas of study—one primary and two secondary—from six professionally focused artistic disciplines:

  • CREATIVE WRITING: Pursuing artistic vision and unique voice through the craft and discipline of writing.
  • GAME MEDIA: Visual elements and assets for game production and art.
  • INTERACTION DESIGN: The sensory side of interfaces-sounds, images, how pages move-with an emphasis on interactivity as a design element.
  • MOVING IMAGE (FILM & VIDEO): Moving image and sound in conjunction with other media as an artistic expression.
  • SONIC ARTS: Sound and music production techniques, including signal flow, mixing, mastering, compression and online delivery.
  • VISUAL ART & DESIGN: Pushing artistic boundaries alongside faculty members who are artists themselves.

Upside-Down Curriculum

Taking courses relevant to your major during your first year at Champlain, you'll get the advantage of an invaluable depth of knowledge ahead of the curve. Starting in your second year, you'll take essential Studio Workshop and Salon Seminar courses where you'll study the theoretical underpinnings of art in the Western and global traditions, and engage in creative discussions while critiquing each other's work. By starting these classes early, a practical, career-minded focus is integrated into the program which will help you solidify your passion as a satisfying profession.

Develop a Portfolio

Your portfolio will contain personal works that include performances, public art events, drawings, films, musical compositions, poetry, blogs, sculptures, art installations and any other creative works that you might discover as you extend the boundaries of creative vision.

Access to Cutting-edge Facilities

Champlain's state-of-the-art MakerLab will make sure your vision truly knows no limits. Thanks to resources such as Arduinos, vinyl and laser cutters, the latest software, 3D printers and more, the possibilities are endless-and they're all at your disposal. And, through the Emergent Media Center you'll join forces with actual clients such as private companies, non-profit organizations, foundations, and entrepreneurs, which means that your work may be a part of the next big idea.

Learn and Collaborate with Working Artists

Taught by practicing professionals from within the industry, you're classes will not only instruct you on developing new concepts, but allow you to engage in a network of professional artists who will support and critique your ideas. Through faculty connections you'll have the chance to get involved in Burlington's thriving art community-in fact, many students see work in local galleries before graduation.