Favorite spot on campus:The Fireside Lounge. It's so open. You can interact with a lot of people, and I find that interesting.
I chose Champlain because... The specialized major, Game Production Management, is not common in the United States. And, I like the school size, small class sizes, and I really like the Core classes.
Why Game Production Management?I really enjoy gaming, of course, and managing the business aspects, the communication, the teamwork. I initially applied for Game Design, but I realized I didn't want to be behind a screen all the time or in a cubicle. I really enjoy talking to people, being outgoing and overseeing a lot of different projects, so I chose Game Production Management.
When it comes to activities...I keep myself super active with three leadership jobs on campus. I am the sophomore representative in the Student Government Association (SGA). This is my second year representing the Class of 2020. The SGA funds clubs, activities-any club can ask for a grant. We also try to be the bridge from students to faculty and administration. I am also a Diversity Representative, which is a peer educator. We host activities and events, talk about critical topics. I also have a new position as a Game Producer Coach, and get to coach first-years in my major. I guide them and see how their doing with homework, time management, and communication.
In the future...Once I start working, that's when I think my actual growth will really be happening, but I think Champlain is helping us get ready for the real world, especially through the classes and leadership roles it offers. My goal is to get into a gaming company. The game industry is super competitive. My dream company is Nintendo, because my style fits their bubbly, cartoony style. But I also like Gorilla Games, Big Hits, Sony, Epic Games.
Advice for prospective students:Be open-minded. Champlain is not your stereotypical college. It's different in a good way. Stay positive. Be yourself. You will miss home, but Champlain just may be your second home.
Michael-Paul, Game Production Management majorOranjestad, ArubaROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I came to Champlain I was quiet, but I had dreams of who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. From my first semester, I knew I wanted to give back to the community while I studied here. Over the years, I have crossed many items off this checklist. I was a Peer Advisor, a Resident Advisor and a Student Ambassador. I also had four internships, three of them while studying abroad. First, I was as a social media intern at Trailer Park, a marketing agency in Los Angeles, California. I worked on a variety of popular television series and movies, from developing content calendars and performing market research to creating strategies and tactics for ongoing campaigns.
In Dublin, Ireland, I reached out to Fantastic Films where I became a social media intern. I helped develop an online brand identity and personas for each of their social media channels.
Later, at Champlain's campus in Montreal, Canada, I interned at Execution Labs where I performed a variety of tasks from production to marketing and event management. At the end of each internship, I would have a review with my supervisors; they all commented on how prepared I was in comparison to previous interns. That in itself is a huge testament to how well Champlain prepares its students.
During my time at Champlain, I have gained incredible confidence and the ability to apply myself to anything I set my mind to. The fact that I have had a number of international experiences with internships and job opportunities along the way is unique to Champlain. I love the person I have become, and I look forward to seeing where my future takes me. The experiences that I have had at Champlain are unlike any other that I would have had if I had chosen another school.
Mariana Franzetti, Management of Creative Media Major*Game Management SpecializationCranford, NJROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
Where is Marianna now?Marianna is the Account Community Coordinator at VaynerMedia in Los Angeles.
Why did you choose your major?The Management of Creative Media program is quite intense, but the game production courses I'm taking are awesome. They were what originally attracted me to Champlain, because it's the only college to have courses like them. You have get great experience working in a small team to develop a game, and it's always fun and rewarding. You make a lot of friends, and you create a résumé at the same time; it's everything I've ever wanted. Highlights of your program so far?I had a project in Game Production 1 where we had to create an educational game for 1st-3rd graders. My team and I made a game called Pheletons, which focused on bringing awareness to auditory dyslexia, which is something I actually suffer from. As a game producer, it was neat to try to make the game specifically for little kids, to make it simple enough for them to understand. It made me realize that I actually enjoy the aspect of marketing and understanding the customer. It was a very transforming experience for me.
We were also given a project where my team and I made a mobile, sci-fi dungeon crawler game, which we called Remnants. I ended up really enjoying working with that team; we got along really well, and we did so well that we got the first 100% in communication that the professor had ever given. We were so excited about the project that after the semester ended, we kept working on it over the summer. We're still working on it now and will hopefully complete it. I think the thing I enjoyed most about that project are the connections I made that I'm able to carry beyond the class.
Elijah, Management of Creative Media Major*Game Management SpecializationAustin, TXROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
Favorite spot on campus: the commuter lounge. I'm always there doing homework. I try to get a booth and take it over for myself.
Why Champlain?I knew I wanted to go to school in Vermont, so I focused my applications on UVM, St. Mike's and Champlain. I scheduled an interview with a Senior Intern at Champlain, spur of the moment. I had a tour and an interview with an Admissions Counselor, and then I signed right there to Early Decision. Two days later I was accepted. Coming here really solidified all my feelings about Champlain. It's very homey here, and I definitely have found my niche.
Why Management of Creative Media?I knew I wanted to do something with broadcasting. So when I was applying to schools, Champlain was the only one that had exactly what I wanted. It wanted the business aspect mixed with the creative aspect. I am creative, and I wanted to be able to manage a creative team. The major is the best of both worlds. You get to be your creative self but you also get to oversee the whole process. I like that I've been able to toggle between the Stiller School of Business and the Division of Communication & Creative Media. Eventually, I'll be able to tie in my specialization with my major. The scope is broad, so you can do anything from managing a marketing team to managing a film company. It's really cool.
Olivia on the Upside-Down Curriculum:The Upside-Down Curriculum threw me right into what I was going to be doing one day. It gives you an idea of real world experiences. For example, in my Marketing class, we are working with a real company in Vermont and making a marketing plan with them.
Olivia's take on the Core:I've found I really like the Core curriculum. The professors always tie it back to your major and what you need to know. It opens your mind to a lot of things you didn't think that you would ever think.
Core has made me more of a professional. It's made me a better writer, and it's given me the scope to look past my local lens. It gives you a broader perspective of the world, no matter what you are talking about. You talk about really tough social issues and current events. Core is gives students an appreciation for everything in the world.
Champlain professors...They are so helpful. They are really dedicated to helping you. In every class I've had I've developed a close relationship with the professors. They spend extra time working with your team when you're working on a project because they want to you understand and be able to tie it back to the bigger picture. They're willing to help you with contacts for internships, and they want you to succeed.
Olivia's very involved in extracurricular activities...I'm a student activity programmer. I plan events for the campus; it takes a lot of time but it's very rewarding. I am in CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming). I love it—it's a minimal committment, we meet every Monday night with our CHAMP friends, eat snacks and plan the six major student-run events we do on campus every year. It's really fun.
I recently became a producer for the Champlain Wave. I'm on the Dance Team, and I'm an Resident Assistant for Boardman.
Why do I love Burlington?It's a total college town. A giant population of kids living in a really amazing city, furthering their education. I walk everywhere. It's a good community to be a part of. There's a lot community outreach programs and overwhelming sense of comraderie between residents of Burlington and the students. There's a lot of hole-in-the-wall places by Church Street. There's the Farmers' Market, which is amazing every Saturday. Burlington is really cool thing to be a part of.
Olivia, Management of Creative Media Major*Broadcast & Streaming Media SpecializationQueensboro, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
Brian knew he could succeed at Champlain...When I was applying to colleges, I knew exactly the type of work I wanted to do. But a lot of the colleges and universities that I looked at did not have a program that really matched my career goals. Champlain was the only college I found that had a major that was specifically geared towards the work I wanted to do, and that was Management of Creative Media.* I just got the sense that Champlain was a place where I was going to succeed, and where I was going to be helped and supported throughout my four years.
Through Core classes, Brian could hone his critical thinking skills...Core has given me the opportunity to hone in my critical thinking skills as well as the ability to approach situations from multiple perspectives. This is a really significant skill for me, since I plan to be working on collaborative teams for my profession, so being able to understand and work with people with a wide range of perspectives will be critical.
Brian's professors go the extra mile...The professors' biggest strength is their ability to be there and support their students inside and outside the classroom. I have had so many professors who have gone the extra mile to help make sure everyone in the class understood the material. They were available during their office hours if you needed additional help.
Brian met his closest friends in his first-year res hall...My favorite part about living on campus was definitely living in the Victorian-era mansions my first year. It was a really cool experience getting to live in a house with people, and many of the people I lived with are my closest friends today.
Have an open mind...My advice to students who are thinking about Champlain is to have an open mind and to really see if the college has what you are looking for. Do all the research you can, and talk to as many faculty members and students as possible. There are so many people here (myself included) who would love nothing more than to answer all your questions and help you see if Champlain is the place for you.
Brian, Management of Creative Media Major*Broadcast & Streaming Media SpecializationSyracuse, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
There are endless opportunities at Champlain to get involved with things that you're passionate about. I'm passionate about matters of Diversity, Women's Empowerment, and Theatre. I've found ways to lead and make positive change on campus in all of these areas. There's no one way to be a successful student Champlain, people can carve their own paths and take and create new and exciting opportunities.
I co-founded the Champlayers Drama Club my sophomore year. It's a drama club run completely by students, and it's great because it's inclusive to everyone; it's like Champlain's own theatre family. I'm also a charter member of Stiller Women in Business, which is a great group focused on networking, programming, and mentoring for Women in the business school. I interned with the Editorial Management Group at Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, and having two years of experience in my field by the time I graduate will be invaluable going into the job market. It's given me the opportunity to both be involved on campus and in my industry.
Champlain has shaped me into the leader I am today. Through founding a club and serving as the Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA), I've learned the nuances of what it takes to be a great leader. I've been involved in promoting diversity both within how SGA functions and implementing initiatives on campus. It's been great to see the positive change that students are able to enjoy; we are able to mold our community into being more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming for students of all identities.
Maggie, Management of Creative Media Major*Publishing SpecializationWestminster, MA ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
Where is Maggie now?Maggie founded Bookish Media Strategy, a social media strategy company that provides authors with the tools and support to grow their social media communities and drive their book sales.
There were so many things about Champlain that made me fall in love with it. During my first visit, I had a great tour guide who told me about Burlington, and I was completely sold. It only got better after that, with the beautiful campus and residence halls. I was also drawn to this college because of my major.
It's a really interesting major because it combines creative classes and business classes to give you a well-rounded background. I've also taken one class in my Publication Management specialization each semester, and they've given me great insight into the creative fields. Everyone else in those classes were beginners just like me, so it wasn't overwhelming at all. I've met some great people and learned a lot about how they think, so I'll be able to work with people in these fields in the future.
After graduation, I would love to find a job in arts management. Champlain has already helped me find two amazing internships in that field, including my current internship at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and it's given me the real-world experience I need to feel prepared to enter the job market. Burlington is a city full of possibilities, and Champlain encourages you to take advantage of every one.
Paige, Management of Creative Media Major*Publication Management SpecializationEasthampton, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Where is Paige now?Paige is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.
My name is Shannon Mitchell, and I am a Game Producer, Game Artist and a Graphic Designer.
My passion is using creativity and innovation in order to design a better future. I look forward to a future where games can create a widespread happiness and improve the world in tangible ways.
As a senior in college, I maintained a 4.0 for every semester, which I believe demonstrates the level of dedication and quality that I offer in each of my pursuits. I am experienced in game production, project management, game art, graphic design, marketing, communications and business development. As a game producer, it is my goal to use creative innovation to push the boundaries of traditional business and to design a better future.
Shannon, Managment of Creative Media Major*Game Managment SpecializationCranston, RIDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
Where is Shannon now?Shannon is the Chief Operating Officer at Game Theory in Burlington, Vermont.
I've always been really interested in video games, but I didn't know where I could fit into the game industry. I originally came to Champlain as a Game Design student, but all the types of design and programming weren't for me.
When I looked at what it was about my classes that I liked, it was working in the small groups and being part of a collaborative team. One of my professors used a metaphor to describe the producer in a team, saying they are the grease that keeps the cogs in motion, and that really resonated with me. I transferred into the Management of Creative Media program with a specialization in Game Management before the end of my first year.
My experience as a producer has been great. I had no confidence when I came into Champlain just because I had no idea what I was doing. I've learned so much about how to create an efficient group and team dynamic, and I'm gaining a grasp of what I'll be doing in my future career.
During his junior year, Patrick also studied abroad in Montreal where he interned with Vandal Games.
Patrick, Management of Creative Media Major*Game Management SpecializationMarshfield, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I applied to Champlain, I was undeclared and trying to decide between game design and writing. I decided to enter the Game Design program and thought I would make the best game in the world. I soon realized that I don't necessarily think like a designer and switched into the Management of Creative Media program, allowing me to make games by being a game producer and leading a team. I liked that the program wasn't just a game design degree, but a business degree, too, which gave me some flexibility.
When I first started being a game producer, I was terrified, but all my experience in Champlain's Game Studio has really taught me what I'll be doing in the workplace. I believe in trial by fire, and I've learned how to survive that fire by honing my skills and learning what works and what doesn't, as well as what I should be doing and what I need to do the next time around. Each project I've done has gotten better from the experience.
Now, I'm comfortable going into a lot of different scenarios and being a leader and producer. Even more than that, I've learned who I want to be as a game developer and know that I want to make games that give people ideas. That's where I think games become as powerful as they can be and can help change the world. That's where I want to grow in my career.Ian, Management of Creative Media Major*Game Management SpecializationFulton, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
When I first came here, the Management of Creative Media program didn't exist. I wanted to get into video games, making levels or narrative, which is why I enrolled into Game Design.
Sophomore year, I heard Champlain had this new major. It would allow me to be more of a team manager, or coach, and that sounded like what I actually wanted to do. I liked keeping all the communications between the team members together, figuring out when we could meet and defusing situations if we had clashing personalities—I really liked being a mediator. I was able to use all of these skills during my Capstone, which was really rewarding. It's the closest I got to having real studio experience as an undergraduate. I dealt with a team of eight to twelve people, and as a Management of Creative Media major, I did all the coordination. I wasn't the boss, but a leader.
It's very real-life experience and hopefully what I'll be doing when I get into the industry. The opportunity to apply my skills has made me feel like I'm a lot more level-headed, and I am able to handle certain situations better. I'm not sure how Champlain could've prepared me more.David, Managment of Creative Media Major*Game Managment SpecializationEast Aurora, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*The name of this major changed to Game Production Management in 2016.
Where is Dave now?I'm currently working as a Producer at Velir in Somerville, Massachusetts.