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At the Controls

Manage interdisciplinary game development teams to bring game concepts to life on time and on budget.

Robert P. Stiller School of Business 
On-Campus Employment Opportunities
Study Abroad
Game Studio Experience 
Freeman Foundation Grant 

Team Leaders Wanted

One of the few degrees of its kind, this major will teach you how to organize, motivate, and coordinate interdisciplinary game development teams of game artists, designers, programmers, and more.

In our Game Studio Experience, you’ll work in the same way game studio work, part of a team that brings game concepts to life. You’ll graduate with the experience, agile project management skills, and leadership qualities that will make you a top candidate for a career in the games industry as a producer, project manager, product manager, or development manager – whether you want to go indie or work for one of many AAA organizations in the field.

What Is Game Production Management?

Game Production Management focuses on the business side and the game side of game production. Those in the field can speak the language of the artist, the designer, and the programmer, and get the best work out of each team member. They navigate game business operations and act as a liaison between their team and company executives. In short, game production management is about managing creative people, deadlines and budgets to bring great video games to completion.

Why Study Game Production Management at Champlain?

In Champlain’s Game Production Management major, one of the few degrees of its kind in the country, students learn to organize, motivate, and oversee creative teams. You’ll be an integral part of the process, learning how to effectively bring together contributions from each team member to create a finished game.

Start learning the intricacies of the game production pipeline and immediately begin practicing the art and science of leadership. At Champlain, you aren’t just reading about various management techniques—you’re developing your own effective team leadership style over four years. 

Our Upside-Down Curriculum gets you into Game Production courses in your first semester. Through real work experience, you’ll build an impressive portfolio of collaborative work and create a remarkable résumé; you’ll be prepared to be a leader in the gaming industry. Our integrated business curriculum means you’ll learn to evaluate the latest trends in the game industry from new technologies to new genres and platforms, build essential skills for budgeting and product development, and emerge ready to take your next step-whether that’s at an international AAA studio or an indie startup.

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Different by Design

Be Specialized

Other programs are focused on game production, with project management on the side. Our program is completely about project management within the game sphere.

Bonus Levels Available

Extra opportunities are built within the major, including SCRUM certification, the Freeman Grant that helps business students study abroad in Asia, and multiple opportunities to attend national conferences and game events like Pax East and SIGGRAPH.

The Game Studio Experience

The Game Studio style of learning ensures that students know how to work well in teams just like the ones in professional studios. This cooperative experience sets Champlain graduates above others when competing for jobs.

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Champlain is a hub for gaming, and you’ll learn alongside students studying every part of the industry. The school is ranked among the nation’s best for game design, and we’re home to the thriving Champlain College eSports.


of Game Production Management majors in the Class of 2023 achieved career success within six months of graduation. That’s success you can see.

The Most

Champlain was named as “Most Innovative School” by U.S. News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2024 ranking of universities in the North.


Champlain College was listed among the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report in 2024.

What Sets Us Apart

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The Game Studio Experience

The unique Game Studio Experience 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.

Annual Game Studio Senior Show

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: Insomniac, Activision, Ubisoft and more!

Game Developers Conference

Champlain College sends a cohort to the world’s largest game developers conference each year in San Francisco for professional development and networking. The Career Coach facilitates exclusive networking meetings for Champlain students with top recruiters from some of the largest game developers.

Sample Courses in the Game Production Management Major

Our Game Production Management degree is designed for the student who is passionate about both business and creative media, building a business core that includes integrated courses in business, marketing, corporate social responsibility and international business.

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Game Production Admissions Requirements

In Champlain’s unique Game Production Management program, you’ll learn to be an effective team leader with deep experience in game development. 

You’ll learn the business side and the game side—you can speak the language of the artist, the designer, and the programmer, and get the best work out of each team member. Prepare to navigate game business operations and act as a liaison between your team and company executives. In short: you’ll be able to manage creative people and bring video games to completion.

We look for strong writing and communication skills and a balanced academic background from applicants. There is no portfolio requirement for this major.

See our portfolio requirements for more specific information on what to submit.

Suggested Areas of Study

Academic preparation includes successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum, including:

  • 4 years of reading/writing English
  • 3 years of History/Social Sciences
  • 3 years of Mathematics (at least through Algebra II. Many students take Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus as juniors or seniors)
  • 3 years of Natural Sciences, including two courses with lab components
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • A full course load of challenging academic subjects senior year


If one of the elements of your academic profile is not as strong as your overall application we recommend a Personal Interview to demonstrate the personal qualities we look for in admitted students. We are seeking individuals who are highly motivated to achieve their professional and personal goals.

You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application or the Champlain College Application. Both are free. Regardless of which you choose, all applications are considered equally.

Graduate from Champlain with four years of relevant experience on your résumé. The game industry needs you, so get started on your application today.

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Career Success

It takes a special set of skills to lead a creative team through the game process. 92% of Game Production Management majors in the Class of 2023 were employed within six months of graduation.

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Career Success

  • 100% of 2020 Game Production Management graduates had at least one internship or experiential learning experience
  • 86% of 2020 Game Production Management graduates were employed within six months of graduation
  • 91% of employed 2020 Game Production Management graduates are in career relevant positions

You’ll Find a Career In…

  • Product Coordinator
  • Associate Producer
  • QA Lead
  • pre-college game design student working on multiple computer screens
    Pre-College Summer Program: Champlain Game Academy

    The Champlain Game Academy offers an intensive residential pre-college program for high school students entering grades 10-12 and recent high school graduates. Like the Game Studio, our program emphasizes teamwork and creative collaboration across all the game development disciplines. In order to understand how a professional game development team works, students will be introduced to all aspects of game development.

    Learn More on the Pre-College Summer Program Website

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