Communication & Creative Media

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Each major in the Division of Communication & Creative Media (CCM) integrates academic excellence with strong professional skills, emphasizing innovation, creativity, technological expertise, and critical reflection. You will gain firsthand experience in and out of the classroom, studying with professionals in the field, and engaging with our strong network of industry partners. Our on campus Centers of Experience offer a variety of exciting, resume-building, paid internships working with real clients.

Presentations from prominent industry professionals, artists, authors, and scholars complement classroom instruction. And through the Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll start building your professional portfolio and resume in your first semester–enabling you to be ready for internships in your field much sooner than students at other schools. You will graduate prepared to think and act as an empowered citizen of our media-engaged and interconnected world.


Communication & Creative Media Undergraduate Majors

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BS in Broadcast Media Production

This major gives you the tools you need to work in television, radio, and independent production companies. Learn by doing in our digital editing suites, computer labs, and audio studios, as well as in the field. Multiple internship opportunities help you build all the skills you need to uncover, explain, and produce stories that capture the hearts and minds of audiences.

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BS in Communication

Learn the fundamental principles and practices of communication—all the powerful ways we interact with each other and the world. Courses run the gamut from oral presentation to social media fluency, from branding and marketing to interpersonal and small group interactions. Specializations allow you to dive deep into career-focused areas like Public Relations/Strategic Communications.

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BFA in Creative Media

This unmatched major teaches you to be creatively fearless: You’ll work in three disciplines simultaneously (choose from Creative Writing, Game Media, Interaction Design, Moving Image [Film & Video], Sonic Arts, and Visual Art & Design) to define and develop your unique self-expression. All the while, you’ll master the business of interdisciplinary artistic endeavor including branding and entrepreneurship.

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BFA in Filmmaking

This powerful major combines conceptual engagement, technical skills, and artistic experimentation with in-depth training in the business aspects of filmmaking, such as budgeting, funding, and marketing. Using the latest technology in our computer labs, soundstage, and studios, you’ll learn to create films from start to finish, exploring different production roles including director, cinematographer, sound designer, and editor.

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BS in Game Art

Learn from game-industry experts at a Top School for Video Game Design, as named by The Princeton Review. Graduate with a portfolio of models, animations, sculptures, and concept art that will set you apart from other creatives in your field. Our Game Studio gives you firsthand understanding of how creative teams collaborate to develop game assets and coordinate them into a functional game.

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BS in Game Design

Taught by a faculty of experts with deep experience in game design, this thorough major will give you the skills to map, develop, and create the gameplay that defines a player's unique game experience. The Game Studio experience will help you excel in the complex and interdependent parts of the game production cycle including system, level, and narrative design.

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BS in Professional Writing

In addition to learning the fundamentals of writing and editing, you'll be introduced to a range of forms and styles that will expand your abilities and your marketability. Customize your degree for a multimedia world with classes in web development, filmmaking, graphic design, publishing in the 21st century, and marketing. Dig into specialized writing, like travel writing, food writing, digital storytelling, and journalism.

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BFA in Visual Communication Design

Use graphic design skills to communicate effectively with any audience. Bridging tradition and innovation, you'll gain a unique blend of fundamental art and design principles, comprehensive liberal arts studies, and active practice in emerging technologies. You will graduate with a professional-level design portfolio that's been rigorously critiqued by a panel of guest designers from top design firms.

Hands-On Learning

At Champlain, we emphasize creative problem solving that fosters innovation and lifelong learning. Get involved in our on-campus learning centers where you collaborate with others in studio-like environments and put your classroom knowledge to the test on professional projects.

Champlain College Center for Publishing (CFP)
Champlain students are actively involved in the 21st century world of publishing. Whether you're a writer, editor, copyeditor, proofreader, graphic designer, illustrator, artist, publicist, videographer, web developer, or social media strategist, CFP has a place for you to get involved and a publication for you to grow.

Emergent Media Center (EMC)
The EMC is a place where you'll think critically, collaborate effectively, and leverage media strategically for business, artistic and social purposes. You'll work on exciting projects for industry and nonprofit clients and develop new concepts and applications for games and other new media.

The Game Studio at Champlain College
The Game Studio is a launchpad for careers in the game industry. Students in the four game majors come together to learn essential professional social skills, master the latest game development expertise, and become prepared to jump into the best jobs in the industry with a full understanding of how a professional game studio team functions. 

JUST THE FACTS

THE BEST


The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

THE MOST


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.

90%


Of 2018 graduates from the Division of Communications & Creative Media are either employed or continuing their education within six months after graduating.

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Internships

Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, many Champlain students become internship-ready early in their college career. Nearly 92% of our students complete one or more internships by graduation-many of which take place at international locations. 

Study Abroad

In addition to our home in Vermont, we have campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, plus a mission and curriculum that encourage international study. More than 60% of our students study abroad, and many also intern while they're there!

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