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Interactive Narrative for Games & Digital Media Major

New Major Coming Fall 2025

Think for a moment about your favorite museum exhibit. Now, let's imagine that you used a different entrance to the building and missed the exhibit entirely. How does it affect your overall experience, memory, or understanding of the museum?

These are the kinds of questions you'll ask and scenarios you'll play with in a career in interactive narrative, a booming industry focused on designing user stories and shaping experiences. At Champlain, we recognize the opportunities in this growing field and are proud to offer one of the first academic programs of its kind in the country: the BS in Interactive Narrative for Games & Digital Media.


Applications for the BS in Interactive Narrative for Games & Digital Media will be available beginning Fall 2024 for Fall 2025 enrollment.

Don't want to wait? Apply as Undeclared in the Division of Communication & Creative Media to start taking classes in the major in Fall 2024.

Learn more! The Program Director would love to hear from you!

Contact Kel Bachus

This future-forward program is designed to give you the flexibility and experience you'll need to adapt in a field that's all about thinking outside of traditional storylines. It provides a solid backbone in narrative and experience design with a strong focus on writing excellence and interactive communication. From there, you can customize your curriculum to focus on a specific area or industry, like filmmaking, games, business, publishing, broadcast media, and more.

Why Study Interactive Narrative for Games & Digital Media at Champlain College?


Be Among the First
Champlain's Interactive Narrative for Games & Digital Media is one of the first four-year academic programs for interactive narrative in the country. This is your opportunity to be at the leading edge of a growing industry!


Discover New Career Avenues
By emphasizing writing and creative media, this program allows you to explore and open doors to career opportunities creating narrative design and interactive media in various settings and on a variety of platforms—even some that are just emerging as the next big thing.


Built-In Creative & Professional Community 
This is a collaborative, studio-based education-based. It is housed in the Game Studio Experience if you're interested in applying interactive narrative to games or in the Creative Studio Experience for other creative careers. As part of a studio cohort, you'll work with students across majors and have access to resources, career opportunities, employers, alumni, and supportive faculty from across majors.

Possible Careers Include:

Narrative Designer
Content Design
UX/UI Writer
Game Narrative Writing
Instructional Narrative Writer

Computer Configuration Requirements and Recommendations

Interactive Narrative students have two options to meet the laptop requirement.

  1. If you are interested in making games, you will need the same laptop required of Game Studio students.
  2. If you are NOT interested in making games, you can use the recommended Windows laptop.

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  • Windows OS
  • i7: Latest generation/AMD Ryzen 9
  • Nvidia RTX video card
  • 32GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD
  • Second monitor for your dorm room
  • USB or Bluetooth keyboard
  • USB or Bluetooth headphones
Link to this FAQ
  • Windows OS
  • i7 10th generation/AMD Ryzen 7
  • Nvidia RTX, Radeon RX, GTX 1080 video card
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB SSD
Link to this FAQ