Portfolio Review Requirements for Admission

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Your success in our programs is important to us

For some majors, submitting a portfolio of your work is a required step in the admissions process. The purpose of the portfolio submission is to evaluate your development as a creator and assess your ability to thrive in the program you've selected. We are looking for evidence of enthusiasm for the kind of work each major requires along with some of the basic technical and cognitive skills you'll need to succeed in our fast-moving curriculum.

All portfolio submissions will be reviewed by the faculty of each respective major.

MAJORPORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT
Creative Media (BFA)

A new creative piece in response to a given theme, 5 additional work samples, and a personal statement

SUBMIT

Filmmaking (BFA)

1 video or movie sample (up to 5 min) OR 1 script (3-5 pages) and photos

SUBMIT

Game Art (BS)

Art portfolio consisting of 3 required drawings and examples of traditional and/or digital creative work

SUBMIT

Game Design (BS)

Create a simple board game based on a specific theme

SUBMIT

Graphic Design & Visual Communication (BFA)

Art portfolio consisting of 5 artistic pieces or images AND art narrative

SUBMIT

Early Decision Benefits

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You can tell a lot about people by simply speaking with them. We encourage virtual Personal Interviews for high school seniors and transfer students interested in applying to Champlain. The conversation is casual—it's like two friends getting to know one another.  Learn more...

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Application & Financial Aid Deadlines

Application & Priority FAFSA Filing DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision First-Year November 15 Mid December
First-Year January 15**
Early March
Transfer Priority Deadline: June 15 Rolling
Spring Enrollment***
Regular Deadline: November 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by these dates to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive. If you complete your FAFSA after these dates we will still determine all of your award eligibility, it will just take longer from the time you received your Admissions notification to get this information to you.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**We are able to extend our deadline in certain circumstances. Please reach out to an admissions counselor.
***Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.