Why Game Programming?
In the Entertainment Software Association's 2012 report, "Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry," President and CEO Michael D. Gallagher states, "Computer and video games have reached a critical mass. Today, nearly every device with a screen plays games, providing interactive entertainment experiences for a wide and diverse population. The creativity of our developers and publishers produces an ever-expanding variety of games to choose from in different formats and across all platforms. Their innovations drive consumer demand for our products, solidifying our industry's position as one of the strongest and most cutting-edge sectors in the U.S. economy."
Why Game Programming at Champlain?
Champlain's reputation for producing high-caliber industry professionals is substantiated by the extraordinary success of its graduates. Champlain alumni have worked as game engineers at:
Champlain Game Programming Graduates Are Ready.
In addition to the extensive career-focused programs and support offered College-wide, each of Champlain's career-focused majors features learning opportunities and programs that help our students create highly marketable resumes. Highlights include:
- All members of the Game Programming faculty are professionals in their field, which is an essential factor in our students getting the most cutting-edge education in the field possible.
- The Game Programming major is an intense and challenging degree built on a foundation of math, programming skills and software engineering practices. With this base, students then explore the sub-systems that add graphics, physics, and artificial intelligence into modern game engines.
- Students take this technical expertise and collaborate in the Champlain Game Studio with artists, animators and designers to craft solutions to subsequently larger and more complex games.
- Game Programming students typically take at least one intensive game industry internship over the course of their program, which gives them stellar resume listings and recommendations for the jobs they want.
- In fact, 83% of Game Programming graduates from the Class of 2017 are employed within six months of graduation, and of them, 89% are in positions relevant to their career goals.
- In the Game Programming Capstone class seniors work together with Game Art & Animation, Game Design majors and Game Production Management majors with the end goal of creating a professional quality game.