Game Design Admissions Requirements

Game Design Challenge

At the heart of a good game is a set of mechanics—the rules by which the game is played. These rules and the player's imagination define the majority of the experience. Art, sound, story, and characters are important components, but without good gameplay, your game will fail.

Nothing demonstrates this better than a good board game. And truly great board games of the past often had very simple rules and game pieces. Think of chess, backgammon, or some of your childhood favorites, like Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land. Games like chess and backgammon have stood the test of time because of their great mechanics and the emergent play that comes from those mechanics.

To demonstrate your abilities as a game designer, we would like you to design and document a simple board game as part of your application for admission. Your documentation will be evaluated; please do not send all the board materials.

A game design is required to be considered for admission to this program.


Admissions Application Deadlines

Application DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I November 15 Mid December
Early Decision II December 15 Mid January
Regular Decision January 15
Mid-February/Early March
Extended Regular Decision February 15 Mid-to-late March
Transfer Priority Deadline: June 1 Rolling
Spring Enrollment**
Priority Deadline: October 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.