Student Experience

Student Experience

Residential Programs

The Champlain Game Academy residential experience is structured and supervised yet offers students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live in a college dorm on our beautiful campus. We employ a team of Resident Advisors who in partnership with our Program Director, Dean Lawson, create a vibrant, safe, and exciting on-campus community for our residential students. Our Resident Advisors are chosen through a highly selective application and interview process and are all either current Game majors or recent graduates from The Game Studio at Champlain College. In addition to having first hand experience with studying Game Development at Champlain College, these students have also received extensive training from our Residential Life staff, preparing them to create a safe and supportive experience for our students. Living on campus provides students with the opportunity to experience what it's like to live and learn on a college campus.

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The daily program will include morning and afternoon instruction, labs, and a combination of instruction/lab and recreational activities in the evenings. We'll work right through the weekend to take full advantage of the time we have together.

8:30 AM -  9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Classroom Instruction / Lab Work
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 PM Recreation
2:00 - 5:00 PM Classroom instruction/Lab Work
5:30 - 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 - 10:00  PM Evening Lab/ Recreational Activity
10:00 - 11:00  PM Leisure Time
11:00 PM Lights Out
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Students will stay in one of Champlain's newest contemporary residence halls, Butler Hall, right in the heart of the Champlain College campus. This dorm features a large open lounge with a beautiful stone fireplace, a dining area, and small shared study rooms. Butler Hall is an air-conditioned building and is handicap accessible. Just outside is a landscaped grass courtyard with outdoor tables and amphitheatre seating. Students live in double-occupancy rooms with one roommate. Rooms are furnished with twin extra-long beds, dressers, desks with chairs, and linens (including sheets, pillows and pillow cases). In general, roommates are matched by students' field of interest, gender identity and grade level. Our program will occupy entire floors within Butler Hall and each floor will be gender-inclusive. There are several semi- private bathrooms available on each floor that will be shared by students staying in the nearby rooms only. 

Champlain College Residence Hall

Champlain College Residence Hall

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At the Champlain Game Academy students will eat most meals in the spectacular dining hall of the IDX Student Life Center, offering all-you-can-eat buffet service featuring fresh, contemporary menus, often made with local Vermont products. Champlain College is proud to be designated as a Fair Trade Campus, supporting our producing communities economically, socially, and environmentally.There are also a few times when students will eat picnic/BBQ style meals during off-campus field trips.Students can bring snacks with them to campus or buy snacks from several on-campus vending machines and at our campus store.

Champlain College Dining Hall

Champlain College Dining Hall

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Student safety is very important to us at The Champlain Game Academy. The Campus Security team at Champlain College participates in our program orientation to make sure that students know how to stay safe on campus. In addition, the Campus Safety team monitors the campus 24 hours a day providing the campus with access to services and support when needed.

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Students at the Champlain Game Academy have limited time for recreational activities. However, we prioritize a healthy approach and build some time to relax into the schedule on a daily basis. Every day after lunch we set aside an hour for students to rest or play outside on the quad. Every evening after dinner there are recreational activities planned to keep students engaged and busy. Some evenings offer students choices of advanced classes or recreational activities. Other evenings offer required group activities designed to build community within the program. For example, all students will be required to participate in the field trip to Mt. Philo State Park early in the program, but later in the week students will have the choice between participating in a game tournament in the lab or watching a movie in the dorm. Year after year, students tell us that our programming helped them make connections with peers and enjoy getting to know students from around the country.

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Virtual Programs

Featuring six hours of synchronous instruction by Champlain College faculty every day, our curriculum will be delivered via virtual classroom software in order to achieve the same learning outcomes as our on-campus program. Our synchronous curriculum allows students in our virtual classroom to build community and to experience the collaborative team work required on a game development team.

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The daily program will include morning and afternoon instruction/labs, and a combination of instruction/lab and recreational activities in the evenings. We'll work right through the weekend to take full advantage of the time we have together.

9:00 AM Morning Meeting
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Classroom Instruction / Lab work
12:15 - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 - 5:00 PM Classroom Instruction / Lab Work
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Lab/ Recreational Activity 
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In order to participate in our virtual program all students will need the following hardware:

  • High-speed internet connection

  • Either a Windows PC or a MAC

  • Webcam

  • Microphone

The two main pieces of software we use are Unity 3D and Maya 2020. All of the software can be downloaded for free, and the system requirements for these particular pieces of software can be found here:

We will provide all registered students with set-up instructions for how to download and set-up our licensed version of this software to meet specific program requirements before the start of their session.

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