Contact JoAnn Patel, Program Director
Phone: (802) 383-6683
What does it take for an artist to succeed in the gaming industry? How can you develop the artistic 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 using digital tools. Champlain's degree in Game Art & Animation was one of the first in the country and remains among the top game development programs. In fact, Gamedesigning.org recently named Champlain among its "Top 50 Best Video Game Design Schools in the U.S."
Champlain's program builds the artistic and technical skills needed to develop the quality portfolio recruiters require. Employers are looking for talented artists with good time management skills, the ability to engage in critiques and work collaboratively.
Through our Upside-Down Curriculum, in your first year you will start great Game Art & Animation courses, including Anatomy & Perspective Drawing and Introduction to Game Art & Animation. Our rigorous curriculum includes a grounding in traditional media and visual design, followed by extensive experience creating 2-D and 3-D game environments, characters and animation. You will create portfolio quality work in a variety of game art electives taken in your junior and senior years. You will graduate with end-to-end game development experience, the combination of hard and soft skills needed to be a productive artist in the game industry, as well as a highly marketable résumé and portfolio.
Critical to the success of the Game Art & Animation program are the faculty members, who bring extensive game industry experience and real-world knowledge into the classroom. You'll also make crucial connections before you graduate by networking with guest speakers and Game Art & Animation alumni. Meet our faculty.
An important aspect of the Game Art & Animation major is the collaborative environment of our Game Studio, where Game Art & Animation majors work with their counterparts in Game Design, Game Programming and Game Production Management majors to build games from start to finish. The Game Studio replicates a professional game development setting to give you a firsthand understanding of how creative teams collaborate to develop individual game assets and coordinate them into a functional product. To see student work and find out more, visit gamestudio.champlain.edu.
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 U.S. and Canada, including Activision/Vicarious Visions, Behaviour, Hidden Monster Games, Otherside Entertainment, Sony Bend, Trivium Interactive, Ubisoft and Velan.
Game Art & Animation majors may work for paid positions in the Emergent Media Center® (EMC) as early as their first year at Champlain. The EMC is collaborative studio/laboratory space where you'll use game technologies and emergent media to integrate art and code with cultural awareness, creativity and communication on real-world game projects.
Study in Montreal, Canada, one of the world's largest game development centers. With internship opportunities, the Montreal International Game Summit, the Montreal chapter of the International Game Developers Association and a campus director with game industry experience, Game Art & Animation students have amazing opportunities. Explore study abroad.
Each March, Champlain College has a presence at the world's largest game developers conference in San Francisco, California. 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, Activision, Survios, Insomniac, Rockstar, and Sony. These networking meetings lead to important connections for students. Champlain College also hosts a reception at GDC where a large contingent of Game Studio alumni working in San Francisco and recruiters attend to mingle and network with the students. Learn more at gdconf.com
Champlain's reputation for producing high-caliber game industry professionals is reflected in the extraordinary success of our graduates. Champlain alumni have gone on to work for companies such as VirZoom; Funcom; Gametheory; Zenimax Online Studios; Raven Software; Vicarious Visions; Virtual Basement, LLC; and Wayfair. Our most recent data shows that 96% of 2017 Game Art & Animation graduates are employed within six months after graduating, and 64% of them are in positions relevant to their career goals.
This combined degree program in Emergent Media allows you to earn a bachelor's degree while completing either a Master of Science (MS) within a year of graduation, or a terminal Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in just over an additional year.