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, 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 in to 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 diffusing 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 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