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Champlain believes in a practical, hands-on approach to learning — a philosophy reflected in the remarkable array of campus resources and facilities available to students.
In deep connection with the MFA in Emergent Media program is the Emergent Media Center (EMC). The EMC at Champlain College is an award-winning hotbed of digital innovation, specializing in the design and production of electronic games, mobile applications and other interactive experiences. This state-of-the-art studio with PC and Mac computer workstations runs industry-leading software such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe and Microsoft products and has flex space manipulated by rolling white boards allowing for small or large group collaboration and brainstorming. Access to physical computing components, 3D scanners, motion tracking equipment, game consoles and knowledge resource center. During Collaborative Production classes, MFA students will work with undergrads on projects housed at the EMC. The EMC is located at the Miller Center on 175 Lakeside Ave in Burlington.
The Champlain College MakerLab is a prototyping facility equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, 3-D scanner, laser cutter, vinyl cutter and more traditional tools that will allow students and the extended Champlain community to explore the possibilities for invention and entrepreneurship now available due to the unique marriage of digital technologies and once impossible to manufacture physical components. It's a space where people from across disciplines evolve ideas and collaborate on projects at the intersection of art, technology and entrepreneurship.
The original carriage barn on the Perry house property was restored (including original bead board and pine flooring) in 2010, and now houses two computer labs, lounge, meeting and academic support space.
This $10 million facility was built in 2004 to enable the College to put students to work on business and technology-related challenges for Vermont companies and non-profits. Resources include:
The Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons holds all the resources of a traditional library, as well as:
Students have access to PC and Mac computer classrooms and a fully networked computer lab.
Students have the ability to check out and use a wide range of production equipment, including professional quality and pro-sumer video camera kits, light kits, audio kits, steady cams, and more.