When I applied to Champlain, I was undeclared and trying to decide between game design and writing. I decided to enter the Game Design program and thought I would make the best game in the world. I soon realized that I don't necessarily think like a designer and switched into the Management of Creative Media program, allowing me to make games by being a game producer and leading a team. I liked that the program wasn't just a game design degree, but a business degree, too, which gave me some flexibility.
When I first started being a game producer, I was terrified, but all my experience in Champlain's Game Studio has really taught me what I'll be doing in the workplace. I believe in trial by fire, and I've learned how to survive that fire by honing my skills and learning what works and what doesn't, as well as what I should be doing and what I need to do the next time around. Each project I've done has gotten better from the experience.
Now, I'm comfortable going into a lot of different scenarios and being a leader and producer. Even more than that, I've learned who I want to be as a game developer and know that I want to make games that give people ideas. That's where I think games become as powerful as they can be and can help change the world. That's where I want to grow in my career.Ian, Management of Creative Media MajorGame Management SpecializationFulton, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I first came here, the Management of Creative Media program didn't exist. I wanted to get into video games, making levels or narrative, which is why I enrolled into Game Design.
Sophomore year, I heard Champlain had this new major. It would allow me to be more of a team manager, or coach, and that sounded like what I actually wanted to do. I liked keeping all the communications between the team members together, figuring out when we could meet and defusing situations if we had clashing personalities—I really liked being a mediator. I was able to use all of these skills during my Capstone, which was really rewarding. It's the closest I got to having real studio experience as an undergraduate. I dealt with a team of eight to twelve people, and as a Management of Creative Media major, I did all the coordination. I wasn't the boss, but a leader.
It's very real-life experience and hopefully what I'll be doing when I get into the industry. The opportunity to apply my skills has made me feel like I'm a lot more level-headed, and I am able to handle certain situations better. I'm not sure how Champlain could've prepared me more.David, Managment of Creative Media MajorGame Managment SpecializationEast Aurora, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I've always been really interested in video games, but I didn't know where I could fit into the game industry. I originally came to Champlain as a Game Design student, but all the types of design and programming weren't for me.
When I looked at what it was about my classes that I liked, it was working in the small groups and being part of a collaborative team. One of my professors used a metaphor to describe the producer in a team, saying they are the grease that keeps the cogs in motion, and that really resonated with me. I transferred into the Management of Creative Media program with a specialization in Game Management before the end of my first year.
My experience as a producer has been great. I had no confidence when I came into Champlain just because I had no idea what I was doing. I've learned so much about how to create an efficient group and team dynamic, and I'm gaining a grasp of what I'll be doing in my future career.
During his junior year, Patrick also studied abroad in Montreal where he interned with Vandal Games.
Patrick, Management of Creative Media MajorGame Management SpecializationMarshfield, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
"Champlain is a school where you dive right into your major. They give you the right classes so you know if you really want to be doing your major for a living. They give you inspiration for your career. My teachers are always offering office hours. They encourage us to come see them whenever we need help. It definitely gets away from the stereotype of a large college where you're just a number. There's no distance between the students and faculty.""Burlington feels right. There are so many things to do outside of class, including events downtown that can be used in school. I can go to see a local band then write about it for a class in my major. Burlington has become where I live, not just where I go to school. I fell in love with the place. Champlain seems as if it were meant to be here. It has become part of the city."
Jude, Management of Creative Media majorWilliamstown, MADIVISON OF BUSINESS
As a transfer student, I fell in love with Champlain for all the personal attention shown to students and the desire to help them excel. I felt that the smaller size of the student body was much more conducive to making meaningful friendships with peers as well as professors. Also, studying business administration at my previous school felt like I was neglecting a certain creative "itch." Discovering Champlain's Management of Creative Media major was so exciting because it was the perfect hybrid of developing business skills and specializing in a chosen creative field.
The Management of Creative Media program has been rigorous, hands-on, interactive and experiential. Professors engage with students in class discussions, assign interesting projects and really make an effort to provide a meaningful education. I love that Champlain professors and advisors do a remarkable job getting to know their students and making themselves available. I'm always impressed by how much they are preparing us for the real world through opportunities, resources and connections that will lead to success after graduation.
My time at Champlain has absolutely already been transformational. Having transferred here a little over a year ago, I could not be happier with my life and my education.
Nicole, Management of Creative Media MajorPublishing SpecializationThree Bridges, NJROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I was applying to Champlain, I was interested in the game programs in general. I picked Game Programming because I like computers, but it was too much. I'm not a really big hands-on person, and being a programmer meant I had to be very hands-on.
As a manager or producer, I'm around it instead. It's more my style. I switched into the Management of Creative Media program, and it's great. I really like the team management and business classes. Accounting is my favorite subject, but I wanted to stay in the industry. This program is my way of doing both; I can learn accounting and apply it to the game field. I can't wait to manage a game. I think it's going to be one of my favorite experiences in college.
The experiences that Champlain gives through extracurricular activities, like the EMC, will allow me to get actual experience in what I want to do so I know what to expect before I enter the job force, and I will have a big portfolio to show future employers.
Atiba, Management of Creative Media MajorGame Management SpecializationPowder Springs, GAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
There were so many things about Champlain that made me fall in love with it. During my first visit, I had a great tour guide who told me about Burlington, and I was completely sold. It only got better after that, with the beautiful campus and residence halls. I was also drawn to this college because of my major: there aren't many schools that have something like Management of Creative Media.
It's a really interesting major because it combines creative classes and business classes to give you a well-rounded background. I've also taken one class in my Publication Management specialization each semester, and they've given me great insight into the creative fields. Everyone else in those classes were beginners just like me, so it wasn't overwhelming at all. I've met some great people and learned a lot about how they think, so I'll be able to work with people in these fields in the future.
After graduation, I would love to find a job in arts management. Champlain has already helped me find two amazing internships in that field, including my current internship at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and it's given me the real-world experience I need to feel prepared to enter the job market. Burlington is a city full of possibilities, and Champlain encourages you to take advantage of every one.
Paige, Management of Creative Media MajorPublication Management SpecializationEasthampton, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS