Champlain Game Academy
The Champlain Game Academy offers two intensive pre-college programs for high school students entering grades 10-12 and recent high school graduates. Our pre-college summer programs are designed to explore what it is like to study game development in college while learning how to make games.
Using the learning model of the acclaimed Champlain Game Studio, students in these programs will work in a creative cohort that stresses the importance of teamwork and creative collaboration.
The Champlain Game Academy (Level 1 and 2) is designed for:
- Students entering grades 10-12 and recent high school graduates about to enter college
- Students who want to know what it takes to make games
- Students thinking about studying game development in college
Pre-College Summer Program Details
Level 1: The Champlain Game Academy
The Champlain Game Academy curriculum was created using the award-winning learning model of The Game Studio at Champlain College. Like the Game Studio, our program emphasizes teamwork and creative collaboration across all the game development disciplines. In order to understand how a professional game development team works, students will be introduced to all aspects of game development—including game art and animation, business, design, production management, programming, sound, and testing. Then, under the direction of professors and industry professionals, students will gain real-world experience in their areas of special interest in this field by working together across game development disciplines to build original game prototypes. By the end of this program, students will have an understanding of the behind-the-scenes operations of the world’s professional game studios, a game prototype that can be used in a portfolio for college applications, and first-hand experience of what it will be like to study game development in college.
Session I – Residential
Session II – Residential
Level 2: The Advanced Game Academy
The Advanced Game Academy curriculum delves deeper into the field of game development. Students learn advanced skills in their fields of interest through higher-level classes. This additional knowledge, combined with hands-on guidance from our faculty, creates an opportunity for students to produce more complex game prototypes in a team environment. By enrolling in this advanced program, students gain more experience in the collaborative skill sets needed to be successful and prepared for the rigor of college-level courses.
* The Champlain Game Academy is a prerequisite for this program.
Session II – Residential
Why You’ll Love the Champlain Game Academy
Get a Jump Start on College Education
In the Champlain Game Academy, students will:
- Gain experience in all aspects of game development, from game design and game art to game programming and game sound production
- Get a head start on building their portfolio
- Experience what it is like to study game development in college
- Develop a working game prototype
- Learn new skills and work collaboratively with other students who are also passionate about game development
Learn From the Best
During the program, students work closely with Champlain College professors who teach game development courses in our innovative Game Studio and have extensive expertise and professional connections in the game industry.
Champlain College was ranked a Top 10 School for Game Design by the Princeton Review in 2022.
Program attendees will have a lot in common with their fellow students. By working together in the classroom, living together in the residence halls, and enjoying extracurricular activities, students form friendships that last far beyond the length of the Academy.
Experience Champlain College
In an ever-changing world, Champlain College is renowned for preparing future leaders in the most sought-after career fields and professions that today’s students are most passionate about. Explore our facilities, learn from our expert faculty, and enjoy our beautiful campus.
Example of a Daily Schedule
The daily program will include morning and afternoon instruction, and a combination of instruction 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 – 9:00 AM||Morning Meeting|
|9:15 AM – 12:15 PM||Classroom Instruction|
|12:15 – 2:00 PM||Lunch and Recreation|
|2:00 – 5:00 PM||Classroom Instruction|
|7:00 – 10:00 PM||Evening Lab / Recreation Activity|
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Learn More About Pre-College Summer Programs at Champlain College
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