Game Design

Gameplay systems, narratives, levels, quests, puzzles, worlds: these are the areas of expertise for game designers. Equal parts a creative and analytical person and a builder, a student in the Game Design major has a passion for mapping out, developing and creating the gameplay that defines a player's unique game experience.

Game design encompasses three distinct areas of the game production process: system design, level design and narrative design. System Designers establish the foundational logic and mechanical plan for how a game operates and builds the mechanics that bring the world of the game into existence. Level Designers create the step-by-step experience and determines parameters of play on each level of the game world. Narrative Designers, through traditional narrative, dialogue, characters and environment, define how the overall story is experienced by the player. As a Champlain Game Design major, you will develop extensive game-design skills in your area of interest and build an impressive portfolio of collaborative work as you prepare to enter the game industry.

Student Academic Experience

Through our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll take relevant courses, including Game History & Development and Introduction to Game Design, in your first year at Champlain. This gives you an advantage of gaining hands-on knowledge about your major from the start. Build your portfolio using state-of-the-art technology resources at Champlain's new cutting-edge multimedia, 3D art and game production labs. 

Collaborative Game Studio

Champlain Game Studio LogoAn important aspect of the Game Design major is the collaborative environment of our Game Studio, where Game Design majors work with their counterparts in Game Art & Animation and Game Programming, as well as 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.

Complementary Minors

You may pursue a minor, such as Data Analytics, Game Programming or Math, among others, to complement your studies and create a distinctive and highly marketable degree. Learn more about our college-wide minors.

Sonic Arts Specialization

The Sonic Art specialization focuses on immersion in technical aspects of sound and music production, including signal flow, mixing, mastering, compression and online delivery. Learn more about this specialization. 

Study Abroad in Montreal

Study in Montreal, Canada, one of the world's largest game development centers—only 90 miles from our Burlington, VT, campus. 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 Design students have amazing opportunities to create strong connections. Courses in Montreal are taught by game industry professionals at the main campus. Explore our study abroad options. 

Internships

Our students have the skills to obtain internships and employment anywhere. Our students have interned around the country, and many complete an internship while studying abroad in Montreal, Canada. See where our students have interned. 

Game Development Senior Show

You will have the opportunity to present the game you create with your Game Studio team to recruiters from all over the East and Canada, including Square Enix/Eidos, Gameloft, Warner Bros./Turbine, Behaviour and Activision/Vicarious Visions.

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