I was first attracted to Champlain aesthetically; it feels intimate within a gorgeous city. The architecture is this beautiful integration of old and modern, creating a campus that encourages community and inspires creativity. Champlain's interest in pragmatism —internships and practical knowledge— was also extremely important to me as an art major; I wanted to both enjoy my time in college and know that I would have a job in something that genuinely excites me.
Champlain's Creative Media major cultivates my skills in all kinds of media without limiting me to a specific area of the arts. And I'm starting to integrate my work into the community by participating in public works, like the South End Art Hop. The art world is notoriously hard to get into, so going to a school that really encourages internships, assists in getting them and is located in a place with an accessible art culture gives me confidence that I will have a place in my field before I graduate.
While I'm still in school, I'm encouraged to push the limits in both my skillset and my perception of what "art" should and can be. I've been exploring the intersection of poetry and visual art, and that wouldn't be possible in a major that didn't give me that freedom.
Melissa, Creative Media MajorBaltimore, MDDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I picked Champlain for a couple reasons. The first is that it is very close to my hometown. It let me have freedom while also giving me a safety net. I also liked how small Champlain was. It's very similar to my high school in that the classes were small and you get a close connection with the teachers.
I started out as an undeclared major because I'm the kind of person that wants to do a bit of everything, and don't like feeling constrained to one subject. Because of this, I had a hard time deciding what to do. Then I learned about the Creative Media program from Eric Ronis. It's a mixed major where you incorporate multiple majors within the Division of Communication & Creative Media together. That sounded like exactly what I wanted.
I really like all my video projects I've had to do. The sheer quantity of them gives me an understanding of the demands of a real-world job. For example, I'm making videos on my own, using connections to get feedback and responses. It's been really satisfying. Jean-Luc, Creative Media MajorSouth Burlington, VTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I initially chose the Professional Writing program because writing has always been a part of my life. But when the Creative Media program was launched, one of my professors recommended it. I was really worried about switching into the program because I was very comfortable in the Professional Writing major. When I had to decide if I was switching my major, my friend said something like, "it's not worth doing if you're not afraid of it," and that really resonated with me. The two major tenets of the Creative Media program are intentionality and fearlessness.
Through the Creative Media program, I've been able to meet about a dozen local artists who have a lot to offer artistically but are also just good people. I've hung multiple exhibits at local galleries, like Burlington City Arts, and helped jury and hang a show for the ArtHOP and those are all skills that are valuable as a working artist.
Taylor plans to earn an MFA in writing, aiming to become a writing teacher and plans on taking a year or two off before attending graduate school to work, write and submit to as many literary magazines as possible while studying for the GREs.Taylor, Creative Media MajorScranton, PADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
For Tevin, Champlain helped him break out of his shell and find his voice both literally and figuratively. "I've become more expressive. I'm better able to speak for myself and stand up for myself, and I've become more confident. I'm definitely more social now, and I've made a ton of new friends."
"Something I discovered while attending Champlain that I'd really like to do, now that I've started coming out of my shell a bit, is voice-acting. That's acting out the role of a character in speech only as opposed to playing them physically. I voice-acted for a computer game called You Dunnit that a group of seniors created. That's definitely something I'd like to look into when I get out of college. Maybe I can get a job at a game studio."
Tevin, Creative Media majorBranford, CTDIVISON OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA