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It takes a lot of work to bring a game to your screen, and the work isn't confined to game development. Get involved in all the behind-the-scenes action—the business development, communications, analytics, and so much more—that can ultimately make or break a game's success.
From the store shelf to gaming conventions, social media to your favorite esports franchise, games are a massive industry. Earning more than $150 billion per year in revenue, games are "bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB, and the NHL combined."* What does that look like from a business perspective? What roles and processes are necessary to keep these companies running?
Become familiar with the video game industry by immersing yourself in it.
You'll get the full picture of the game market and process by working in the Champlain College Game Studio, where students in each game major collaborate in a complete ecosystem that simulates the industry. Your experience here sets you up to transition seamlessly into your career.
In our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll start taking classes in your major on day one. That means four years of practical courses and learning through firsthand experience; you'll graduate with a background to rival many candidates who are already working in the field.
Focusing your degree with one of our three concentrations, you'll further tailor your industry expertise in the areas that interest you most.
At Champlain, you'll gain the business, communication, and collaboration skills you need—all within the context of the video game industry and how it functions in the real world.
*Gaming as a Cultural Force Just Stepped to the Forefront of Entertainment by Paul Traeger, Svp, Group Director Comms Strategy, Havas Media
How Much is the Gaming Industry Worth in 2021? by Teodora Dobrilova, TechJury
JUST THE FACTS
The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.
Burlington, Vermont, our hometown, is ranked the #1 Best College Town by Travel + Leisure magazine.
WHAT SETS US APART
The unique Game Studio at Champlain College gives you start-to-finish game-building experience in a professional environment. You'll collaborate with your peers in each of our game majors to create playable games in a studio that parallels the processes of the industry. By the end of your four years, you'll be ready to work in a professional studio.
You will have the opportunity to present the game you create with your Game Studio team—as well as your own demo reel—to recruiters from all over the United States and Canada. Recruiters often come to the Senior Show to scout new talent, from companies like:
|Behaviour||Hidden Monster Games|
|Otherside Entertainment||Sony Bend|
Champlain College sends a cohort to the world's largest game developers conference each year in San Francisco. Game Studio faculty, students, alumni, and the Game Studio Career Coach attend the conference for professional development and networking. The Career Coach facilitates exclusive networking meetings for Champlain students with top recruiters from companies such as Ubisoft, ArenaNet, Crystal Dynamics, Survios, Insomniac, Rockstar, and Sony.
CHOOSE A CONCENTRATION
Focus on the strategic aspects of game businesses. You'll take additional courses in management, finance, and markets.
Develop your skills in creativity and communication—this concentration is ideal for students who are most excited about the PR and social aspects of the game industry.
Learn more about the Game Business & Publishing concentrations.
Dive into the data. Game companies rely on extensive research in order to make smart decisions; learn how to lead that decision-making process.
The game industry is competitive, fast-paced, and ever-changing. The Game Studio environment will prepare you to adapt to a dynamic marketplace and thrive in your career, whether you join a big-name gaming company or create your own!
Leverage your collaborative, leadership, and interpersonal skills to effectively organize and manage collaborative relationships in and outside of your organization.
Think, work, and respond with a high degree of originality, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
Evaluate the intersections, influences, and social contexts of both game communities and the larger world, and make decisions and advocate for policies from a position of shared humanity and openness toward difference.
Explore all Game Business & Publishing program learning outcomes.
Possible career choices include:
Check out the recorded livestream of our 2020 Game Studio Senior Show!
Fill out our request info form and we’ll send you a cool collection of stickers and useful information about Champlain.
Oct. 15: Discover which Game Program is right for you, meet faculty and current students.