Rosie was one of three students in the Class of 2013 who switched half-way through their undergraduate degree from the Bachelor of Science Graphic Design program to the BFA in Graphic Design. "I make smart, fun and creative designs through hard work, passion and critical thinking," she said.
As a senior, she was able to participate in the AIGA Show, where she took "Best in Show" for her graphic design marketing campaign for Energize Gym, a human powered gym that harnesses the energy people create while working out. The objective was to identify and promote a possible use for the decomissioned Moran Municipal Generation Station in Burlington, Vermont. "The energy collected will then be used to power the building, and any remaining energy will be pumped back into the grid, for the rest of Burlington to use," she said. "Although harnessing power from gym equipment will not solve the world's energy problems, it will help diversify our energy portfolio."
Rosie,'13Salem, MAGRAPHIC DESIGN AND DIGITAL MEDIA (BFA)
Ariana uses her mix of traditional and emerging arts education along with cutting edge technology to build her graphic design masterpieces. "Studying traditional fine arts helps teach us about form, structure, shading techniques, color usage and even abstract theories, all aspects that are also applied to graphic design. Important as it is to learn the latest digital techniques, having a knowledgeable grasp on where the ideas behind such techniques come from is equally important. Having a better understanding of fine arts and how they apply to emerging arts has greatly helped me to improve overall as a graphic designer."
"The division offers a number of assets that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. From Day 1, I was taking actual design classes that were both interesting and useful for my career goals. Champlain also offers the latest and best technologies that students are able to take advantage of. Whether it's using the brand new computers and programs in the Perry Barn Studio or equipment like cameras and light kits, literally anything needed for generating the best-quality creative media is made available for free student use."
Her best masterpiece, however, is just that — herself.
Ariana, '13West Chester, PAGRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL MEDIA MAJOR
Selby made the transition to academe after twenty years as a staff illustrator for the Providence Journal and several years as a freelance illustrator.
"Champlain has the only genuine applied arts program anywhere between Syracuse University and the Maine College of Art," Selby says. "We occupy an important niche, and we do it well because our size allows us to innovate with great facility and to collaborate with core programs in ways that are difficult or impossible at larger universities or art schools."
Bob Selby, Instructor Graphic Design & Digital Media and Game Design majorsDIVISON OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
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Over the past four years of school, Chris has been challenged to think critically, design creatively, and solve problems through various forms of digital and print based media. His previous experience consisted of classroom based projects, along with professional work from competitions and internships.
"I bring enthusiasm, energy, and creativity to every project I approach. I will work with the clients' needs to solve the problem at hand in a way that best suits them," Chris says. "As I continue as a student so does my work, and I look forward to pushing the boundaries of what I know as a designer."
As a senior, he competed in the AIGA screenprinting competition, where he took "Best in Show" for his "Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros" Gig Poster.
Chris '13Saugerties, NYGRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL MEDIA MAJOR
"My four years at Champlain College went by rapidly, but were crucial stepping-stones to where I am today," said Kaitlyn. At the end of her junior year, she managed to score an amazing internship at Driven Studio in downtown Burlington. "I got to put my skill set and teachings in the classroom to use and ended up working at Driven part-time through my senior year."
Upon graduation, she received the Design Achievement award from her professors and accepted a full-time position at Driven Studio as their graphic designer.
"I am excited to see my career continue to grow as I keep pushing myself as a designer," she said. "The industry is constantly changing and growing and by staying in Burlington I am happy I can keep close affiliations with the college. There's always more to learn and being in a community with so many talented creatives is truly inspiring."
Kaitlyn, '12Sheldon, VTGRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL MEDIA
Check out a selection of Kaitlyn's portfolio