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 visited Champlain twice—once as a junior and another as a senior—before I came here to study Creative Media. If I hadn't visited, I might not be here today. Visiting really showed me that this is the kind of school where I could thrive. It has a really great environment and atmosphere; Champlain is really inclusive and accepting to all different kinds of people. I'm definitely a very individual kind of person, so I really wanted to be somewhere where not only I would be accepted, but I would find like-minded people. I definitely got that vibe when I visited Champlain.
Through the Division of Communication & Creative Media, Champlain has really given me a place to explore my creativity. It's really not just an artistically minded division, but a place where you can explore your creativity in all different ways. I have found not only artistic mentors, but people who have helped me grow as a creative and academic person.
The atmosphere of Burlington itself is also amazing. The arts community here is truly unparalleled. I come from a place where there isn't a whole lot of artist engagement within the community, and to be able to come to a place where there are art galleries that I can visit is awesome. There are events like the South End Art Hop where I can see local art and network with local artists. It's really empowering for me, knowing that there's so much out there even within my own community.
Maggie, Creative Media MajorStratford, CTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
My years at Champlain were some of the best years of my life so far. I had a lot of different experiences: at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts, I co-curated my own three-month art show and was heavily involved with the PR and marketing for the show. This was a huge and unique experience, which helped prepare me for future shows and informed me of the way gallery shows operate. I had a work-study job in the new Champlain Recording Studio, which helped prepare me for audio post-production processes involving film and familiarized me with studio recording for music. Last year I brought a violinist and cellist into the studio to record a film score, which was rather exciting.
The experiences I've had here are really amazing, and so are the professors who teach here. They are very organized and prepared. They take their classes seriously, and the classrooms are impressively well equipped with technology to support teaching efforts. Champlain is a great school, especially if you love Burlington and are prepared to be a leader in your own education and life. No matter what school you chose, you can't expect the school to do everything for you. You have to put the work in yourself. Your education is what you make it here.
There are many unknowns after graduation. I am confident I will find and make my own path. I always have. But I believe there is a time for doing and a time for talking about doing. Now is the time for doing.
Jeremy, Creative Media MajorBurlington, VTDIVISION 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