I was first attracted to Champlain aesthetically; it feels intimate within a gorgeous city. The architecture is this beautiful integration of old and modern, creating a campus that encourages community and inspires creativity. Champlain's interest in pragmatism —internships and practical knowledge— was also extremely important to me as an art major; I wanted to both enjoy my time in college and know that I would have a job in something that genuinely excites me.
Champlain's Creative Media major cultivates my skills in all kinds of media without limiting me to a specific area of the arts. And I'm starting to integrate my work into the community by participating in public works, like the South End Art Hop. The art world is notoriously hard to get into, so going to a school that really encourages internships, assists in getting them and is located in a place with an accessible art culture gives me confidence that I will have a place in my field before I graduate.
While I'm still in school, I'm encouraged to push the limits in both my skillset and my perception of what "art" should and can be. I've been exploring the intersection of poetry and visual art, and that wouldn't be possible in a major that didn't give me that freedom.
Melissa, Creative Media MajorBaltimore, MDDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
AFTER CHAMPLAIN, Jean-Luc started working as a Video Producer at GameSpot for CBS Interactive. He edits and produces numerous web videos in addition to helping run a weekly live show and doing on-camera segments.
"I picked Champlain for a couple reasons. The first is that it is very close to my hometown. It let me have freedom while also giving me a safety net. I also liked how small Champlain was. It's very similar to my high school in that the classes were small and you get a close connection with the teachers.
I started out as an undeclared major because I'm the kind of person that wants to do a bit of everything, and don't like feeling constrained to one subject. Because of this, I had a hard time deciding what to do. Then I learned about the Creative Media program from Eric Ronis. It's a mixed major where you incorporate multiple majors within the Division of Communication & Creative Media together. That sounded like exactly what I wanted.
I really like all my video projects I've had to do. The sheer quantity of them gives me an understanding of the demands of a real-world job. For example, I'm making videos on my own, using connections to get feedback and responses. It's been really satisfying."Jean-Luc, Creative Media MajorSouth Burlington, VTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I visited Champlain twice—once as a junior and another as a senior—before I came here to study Creative Media. If I hadn't visited, I might not be here today. Visiting really showed me that this is the kind of school where I could thrive. It has a really great environment and atmosphere; Champlain is really inclusive and accepting to all different kinds of people. I'm definitely a very individual kind of person, so I really wanted to be somewhere where not only I would be accepted, but I would find like-minded people. I definitely got that vibe when I visited Champlain.
Through the Division of Communication & Creative Media, Champlain has really given me a place to explore my creativity. It's really not just an artistically minded division, but a place where you can explore your creativity in all different ways. I have found not only artistic mentors, but people who have helped me grow as a creative and academic person.
The atmosphere of Burlington itself is also amazing. The arts community here is truly unparalleled. I come from a place where there isn't a whole lot of artist engagement within the community, and to be able to come to a place where there are art galleries that I can visit is awesome. There are events like the South End Art Hop where I can see local art and network with local artists. It's really empowering for me, knowing that there's so much out there even within my own community.
Maggie, Creative Media MajorStratford, CTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
AFTER CHAMPLAIN, Taylor worked in college residential life at Binghamton University as a Resident Director.
"My work at Champlain as a Resident Assistant, Diversity Activities Programmer and Writing Center Consultant definitely help prepare me for my current position as a Resident Director. I help students navigate all aspects of college life, help guide them through challenges and I get to witness their joys and success.
My major also helped prepare me. Art is deeply human work, and holding space for people is the number one thing I do as a Resident Director.
I am still going to pursue an MFA in poetry, because eventually I want to teach college level creative writing. I found that spending time in the world outside of the classroom has helped me grow into a more authentic voice with my poetry. Additionally, spending time in student affairs will help me understand students in a way that other faculty wouldn't otherwise."
"I initially chose the Professional Writing program because writing has always been a part of my life. But when the Creative Media program was launched, one of my professors recommended it. I was really worried about switching into the program because I was very comfortable in the Professional Writing major. When I had to decide if I was switching my major, my friend said something like, "it's not worth doing if you're not afraid of it," and that really resonated with me. The two major tenets of the Creative Media program are intentionality and fearlessness.
Through the Creative Media program, I've been able to meet about a dozen local artists who have a lot to offer artistically but are also just good people. I've hung multiple exhibits at local galleries, like Burlington City Arts, and helped jury and hang a show for the ArtHOP and those are all skills that are valuable as a working artist."
I want to teach writing someday. Being able to work with students one-on-one on writing at The Champlain College Writing Center has not only helped me develop my own personal pedagogy about teaching writing, but also allowed me to engage with the Champlain community in a unique way. It's also given me experience facilitating workshops for faculty development at the College, and any time I get to become the teacher is fun for me. Taylor, Creative Media MajorScranton, PADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
My years at Champlain were some of the best years of my life so far. I had a lot of different experiences: at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts, I co-curated my own three-month art show and was heavily involved with the PR and marketing for the show. This was a huge and unique experience, which helped prepare me for future shows and informed me of the way gallery shows operate. I had a work-study job in the new Champlain Recording Studio, which helped prepare me for audio post-production processes involving film and familiarized me with studio recording for music. Last year I brought a violinist and cellist into the studio to record a film score, which was rather exciting.
The experiences I've had here are really amazing, and so are the professors who teach here. They are very organized and prepared. They take their classes seriously, and the classrooms are impressively well equipped with technology to support teaching efforts. Champlain is a great school, especially if you love Burlington and are prepared to be a leader in your own education and life. No matter what school you chose, you can't expect the school to do everything for you. You have to put the work in yourself. Your education is what you make it here.
There are many unknowns after graduation. I am confident I will find and make my own path. I always have. But I believe there is a time for doing and a time for talking about doing. Now is the time for doing.
Jeremy, Creative Media MajorBurlington, VTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA