Contact Van Dora Williams, Filmmaking Program Director
Phone: (802) 865-8476
Champlain is home to all types of creative students. Whether you're into traditional or digital arts, emergent media, filmmaking, game programming, business or writing, our campus is equipped for artists of all kinds in all majors with state-of-the-art resources and spaces to create. Along with the Center for Communication and Creative Media (CCM), there are many access points on campus for first-hand experience with professional technical equipment and technology.
Looking for inspiration? Check out the Champlain College Art Gallery & Lounge. Featuring rotating exhibits from students and faculty as well as regional, national and international guest artists, the Gallery highlights innovative and experimental contemporary art in all media.
Located in CCM 426, the Digital Photo Lab is a Mac-equipped classroom with access to the entire Adobe Suite for all students' photo editing needs.
Located on the fourth floor of the CCM building, the drawing studio is a place where students can go to create art of all mediums in a quiet place with stunning views of Lake Champlain.
Located within the Emergent Media Center at the Lakeside Campus, the MakerLab is equipped with 3-D printers, a 3-D scanner, a vinyl and laser cutter, two large-format photo printers, a high-end sewing machine and an array of other traditional hand and power tools. You can make almost anything—all you need is an idea.
A studio dedicated to designers, the Metz Studio Barn is located behind Perry Hall. Equipped with two Mac computer labs and a lounge, it serves as a class, meeting, or academic support space. It is open to Graphic Design and other creative majors to use for projects and study time.
A darkroom for all your traditional black and white photography needs! Whether you're developing, enlarging or matting your photos, the photography lab in Joyce 106 is available for all Champlain students to use for class projects or for a hobby.
This black-walled room (black box) is where film and broadcast magic happens on campus. In this professional-grade soundstage, only steps away from the Campus Store on the first floor of the CCM building, students can bring their storyboards to life using an arsenal of technical equipment, such as a dedicated lighting grid, props, filters and backdrops.
Record an album, a podcast, or score a film using the variety of microphones, instruments and industry-standard soundboards available.
The Sarah Ramsey '12 Innovation Lab (iLab) is located on the first floor of the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology. Designed with live-client work, rapid prototyping, product design and collaboration in mind, the iLab embodies Champlain's commitment to innovation.
Can't find an affordable printer for your room or apartment? Print your work at any of the on-campus printers with a swipe of your Champlain College ID! Printers are located in most of the buildings and computer labs on campus, including:
*Please note that some printers require you to supply your own paper if it is not standard 8½" x 11," and you may need card access for some of the computer labs and buildings.
Located in the Rowell Annex behind Rowell Hall on South Willard Street, the Rental House supplies Champlain students, faculty and staff with free media production equipment for class or other academic use. The CCM Production Stages are also available for rent through the Rental House.
*Please note that not all media equipment is available to all majors, and you may have to be in a certain class to rent certain equipment. Call the Rental House or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Generator is a makerspace in the South End of Burlington, easily accessible to Champlain students and near the MakerLab at Champlain. Through a partnership with the MakerLab, students are offered free membership and orientation at Generator.
Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) is another resource for Champlain students based in the South End of Burlington. VCAM provides free access to many film and photography tools, as well as editing and post-production software. Work spaces include a 500-square-foot, three-camera HD broadcast and production room with cameras, lighting grids, microphones, audio mixers and backdrop elements.
*In order to rent certain equipment, students may be required to attend a separate, free workshop.
The Regional Educational Television Network (RETN) is a television channel on Burlington Telecom and Comcast (Channel 16) with space on Flynn Street in Burlington. RETN provides a place for students to submit their videos, and also gives internship and volunteering opportunities.
*In order to rent higher-level equipment, students may have to take specific courses. Some courses may have an entrance fee.
Vermont PBS provides opportunities for students to air work through Vermont PBS's broadcast and web streaming platforms.
Students across all majors join forces in the name of publishing at the Center for Publishing (CFP). Shaping the future of publishing is the mission, and equipping students with too, skills and industry knowledge is the method. CFP prepares students for the world of publishing by facilitating real projects in print and digital formats.
At the cutting-edge of creative problem-solving is Champlain's Emergent Media Center (EMC). The EMC offers students a chance to work on groundbreaking projects that stretch the possibilities of interactive media and provides hands-on experience with real-world companies, non-profit organizations, foundations and entrepreneurs.
Every year, unique and original games are born out of Champlain's Game Studio. Teams of students across all of the game majors work together on projects to create video games for the annual Game Studio Show & Reception.