Game Studio Experience

The Game Studio Experience at Champlain College brings together six collaborative gaming majors, all taught by industry-expert faculty, for hands-on team training that mirrors the professional workplace.

Games aren’t made in single-player mode. Learn the production pipeline in the Game Studio Experience.

The Game Studio Experience is a learning environment modeled after the gaming industry itself, answering the question, “What can we make together?”

We take skills learned in Champlain’s seven individual gaming majors and bring new concepts to life, creating fully functional games as a team. Let’s say you decide to be a Game Art major; get ready to work along side a designer, programmer, sound designer, manager and a publisher to create a portfolio piece that is unique to your studio group.

You’ll start taking major-specific classes in your first semester, collaborate with other game majors on real-world projects building real games, and graduate Champlain Ready.

Over the four years working with colleagues and faculty members, you’ll develop an understanding of the game pipeline from concept to finished product and gain teamwork experience many people don’t cultivate until they have been working in the industry for years.

Our industry-expert faculty will guide you through the rigorous courses that will shape you into a polished game industry professional. There are two main factors that land people the most highly prized jobs in the game industry: the right education and a strong portfolio. Champlain’s Game Studio delivers both.


Boasting more degree programs in game development than any other college in the country, Champlain College’s renowned Game Studio consistently ranks among the top game development programs, and many of it’s graduates go on to land coveted positions at AAA studios.

a group of game studio students unveiling their new game at the senior game show

Game Studio at a Glance

Choose Your Character

Follow your passions by choosing one of seven available Game Studio majors offered at Champlain: Game Art, Game Business and Publishing, Game Design, Game Production Management, Game Programming, Game Sound Design, or Interactive Narrative for Game & Digital Media. Specialize in different aspects of video game development as you hone your craft and practice your skills.

Squad Up

Collaborate with other game disciplines to produce games from concept to finished product for your portfolio. You’ll put your expertise to work in a group environment along with specialists from other game majors just like in a professional game studio.

Follow Your Guides

Champlain game professors are game industry experts who bring real-world expertise to the classroom every day. They’ll give you insights and connections into the industry that you can’t get from a textbook. Invested in your success, they’ll share personal experiences and knowledge you can use on your career path.

Score Big

On your first day of work, you’ll already understand how various game disciplines work together to produce a game. Game studios LOVE this about our Champlain grads! Our alumni work at AAA studios worldwide, such as Ubisoft, Insomniac, Riot, Blizzard, and Sony Bend Studios, to name just a few.

The Best

The Game Studio at Champlain College consistently ranks in the top schools for game design by The Princeton Review—coming in at #12 in 2024.


100% of classes are taught by game industry experts, who have been or remain highly active professionals in the industry.

the most

Champlain College was named a “Most Innovative School” by U.S. News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2024 rankings.

Female game students talk with each other after the Senior Show

It’s Game Time

The Game Studio Senior Show is the culminating event of an intense, year-long competition among teams of students from each of Champlain’s game majors for the ultimate bragging rights. Faculty advance only the top eight games to finals and spread out eliminated teams to join the remaining contenders. Each spring, those eight teams take the stage to present their fully functional games to their friends, family, faculty, and recruiters.

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What I love most about working with Champlain students is that they are prepared to hit the ground running when it comes to developing games. Any student coming out of their program has the tools to make an immediate positive impact to a game development studio.
Steve Meim, West Coast Game Producer

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