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What does it take for an artist to succeed in the gaming industry? How can you develop the artistic and technical skills needed to create the 2-D and 3-D environments, characters, and animations seen in the games millions of people play every day?

Success as a game artist begins with a passion for creating art. If you're looking for an artistic career that will allow you to thrive in an increasingly digital media-based world, Champlain's Game Art major is your perfect next step. We can help you develop your creative expression while teaching you proficiency with digital game art tools.

Why Study Game Art at Champlain College?

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The unique Game Studio at Champlain College gives you start-to-finish game building experience in a professional environment. You'll collaborate with your peers in the Game Design, Game Programming, and Game Production Management majors to create playable games in a studio that parallels the processes of the game industry.

Our degree in Game Art was one of the first in the country and remains among the top game development programs in the world.

  • Champlain is ranked #4 in the world and #2 in the United States by the Rookie Awards. The Rookies is an international creative media competition that ranks schools based on their students' creative skills, technical know-how, raw talent, and employment potential.
  • recently named Champlain among its "Top 50 Schools for Video Game Design in the U.S."
  • The Princeton Review ranked Champlain in the top 20 schools for undergraduate game design programs on its list of "Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2019."

While the field of game art represents an exploding industry that is expanding every day, there's a catch: Everybody wants to get in. Opportunities in the field are available to the most highly qualified graduates, so getting the right combination of education and experience will be critical to your success.

Academic Experience

Through our Upside-Down Curriculum, you will start Game Art courses—like Drawing for Realism I, Introduction to 3-D Modeling and Texturing, and Introduction to Animation for Games—in your first year. 

These early foundations (in both traditional and digital design techniques) allow you more time to refine your work and gain experience through practice. In your junior and senior years, you will create high-quality work in a variety of Game Art electives.

Annual Game Development Senior Show

You will have the opportunity to present the game you create with your Game Studio team, as well as your demo reel, to recruiters from all over the United States and Canada. The following employers often send representatives to the Senior Show:

  • Insomniac
  • Activision/Vicarious Visions
  • Behaviour
  • Hidden Monster Games
  • Otherside Entertainment
  • Sony Bend
  • Trivium Interactive
  • Ubisoft
  • Velan

Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Champlain College sends a cohort to the world's largest game developers conference each year in San Francisco. Game Studio faculty, students, alumni, and the Game Studio Career Coach attend the conference for professional development and networking.

The Career Coach facilitates exclusive networking meetings for Champlain students with top recruiters from companies such as Ubisoft, ArenaNet, Crystal Dynamics, Survios, Insomniac, Rockstar, and Sony. Champlain College also hosts a reception at GDC that a large contingent of Game Studio alumni working in San Francisco and recruiters attend to mingle and network with the students.

The program name change from Game Art & Animation to Game Art will be effective for the class starting Fall 2020.