The Champlain Game Academy

Champlain Game Academy

  • Session 1: July 13-24, 2020

  • Session 2: July 27-August 7, 2020

Advanced Game Academy

  • July 27-August 7, 2020

What is the Champlain Game Academy?

A summer residential game development academy to introduce high school students who are interested in any of the game disciplines (art and animation, design, programming, sound, testing and production) to the process of interdisciplinary game development.

Who is the Champlain Academy intended for?

The Academy will benefit most greatly students who are seriously considering studying game development in college and/or are considering the game industry for a career. However, anyone who is interested in game development is welcome to attend.

What will I learn at the Academy?

You will learn how to use a 3D game engine to develop interactive games. Depending on your interests, you can focus on creating 3D art and animations, designing games (emphasis on level design), programming, creating music and sound effects, or testing and the production process. At the end of the Academy, you will have a finished portion of a game that was created by you and students from other disciplines working together as a team. The game can serve as the centerpiece of your game portfolio (many schools require portfolios for admission into their game development programs). Most importantly, you will have your love of games and interest in how they are made confirmed before you embark on your college search.

Who will be running the Champlain Academy?

The program director is Dean Lawson. Dean is a professor of Game Programming at Champlain College and has been a game developer since 1994. He has worked on over 15 published games for PC, PS2, Nintendo DS, Web and iPhone.  Bridget Ryan is the administrative director and is the contact person for all questions regarding registration. Contact Bridget Ryan at or 802-383-6287.

Who will be teaching at the Academy?

All classes are designed and instructed by professors of game development at Champlain College. Current and recently graduated game development students will assist in the classroom.

Where will students stay during the program?

The resident hall is a brand new construction in the heart of our campus that also has amazing views of Burlington, Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains. This facility is handicap accessible and air conditioned.

Where do students eat on campus?

We eat most of our meals in the dining hall on campus. Champlain offers lots of dining options and plenty of variety. All meals are prepared on –site and are served in an all you can eat buffet style.

Is there a day student option?

We do not have a day student option at this time.

How much is tuition for the Game Academy?

The tuition for the Champlain Game Academy is $4,450 This includes room and board. A non-refundable $500.00 dollar deposit is required to confirm registration.