Creative Media Career Success

Why Creative Media?

The American media and entertainment is the largest media and entertainment industry in the world, and other countries worldwide are seeing growth in their creative industries. Cultural shifts in the marketplace have also created the broadest professional spectrum of opportunities for artists than at any point in history. Now, there's a high premium put on those artists who can truly bring something "new" to the table.

Why Creative Media at Champlain?

Taught exclusively by experts who have extensive experience and ongoing affiliations with their respective artistic communities, the Creative Media BFA at Champlain distinguishes itself from other fine art programs in the country with its cross-disciplinary focus, its deliberate emphasis on the business aspect of artistic endeavor, and its fostering of courageous innovation.

According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), "Innovation tends to emerge where the value of creativity is favorably perceived, with a high degree of freedom to set one's own agenda, where creative talents are better organized through business and supported by institutions, and where competition encourages and, most importantly, rewards creativity and entrepreneurship."

In today's society, employers are searching for people who can do it all—those who know how to write, create sound and use a camera—and the degree of success for professional artists will continue to hinge upon having a skill set that is adaptable and flexible enough to meet the market's relentless demand for innovation.

Champlain's Creative Media Major fills the need for a program that allows art students to creatively explore emerging media forms at the same time they prepare themselves to viably apply their talents and skills to the marketplace. Our interdisciplinary programs allow you to become literate in writing, moving visuals and video, giving you the ability to manipulate many symbolic systems within the creative media industry.

Over the course of your four years, you'll explore different genres and disciplines, and gain the understanding and skills to mix them together. By the time you graduate, you'll have a variety of skillsets that will allow you to advance quickly with your field post-graduation. In fact, 80% of the Creative Media graduates from the Class of 2017 are employed within six months of graduating, and of those employed, 75% are employed in positions relevant to their career goals. 

Champlain Creative Media BFA Graduates Are Ready. 

In addition to the extensive career-focused support offered college-wide, the Creative Media BFA features learning opportunities that help students create highly marketable résumés and portfolios.

Highlights include:

  • This major is very conscious of branding, entrepreneurship and curatorial practices, grounding you in the business of interdisciplinary artistic endeavor. You will graduate from this program as a confident, articulate person, able to express your process, your artistic voice and your personal brand.
  • In Studio Workshops, you'll build your portfolio, learn how to critique your work and that of your peers, and grow confident in your sense of self-expression.
  • You'll be ready to interview with prospective employers or apply to an MFA program.
  • In Salon Seminars—course experiences that most students don't have until the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) level—you'll study the theoretical underpinnings of art in the Western and global traditions and engage in creative discussions about the arts.
  • All students document a portfolio of work—including performances, public art events, drawing, poetry, blogs, sculpture, art installations—and post to individual online portfolio sites, which demonstrates your technical proficiency, conceptual integrity and creative vision and will give you an outstanding platform from which to launch your post-college career.