Game Programming Major

Games are ubiquitous. They’re played on all kinds of platforms, by all kinds of people. In addition to being great fun, games can be created for purposes like education, training, marketing, and productivity. 

As a Game Programming student, you will gain cutting-edge skills and experience that will make you an outstanding candidate for a position as a programmer in the game industry—or you can take your skills into any number of other fields.

Why Study Game Programming at Champlain College?

Champlain’s Bachelor of Science degree in Game Programming—one of the first bachelor’s degrees of its kind in the nation—puts the intellectual challenge of software creation in the context of game development to produce a highly versatile, in-demand skill set. You’ll gain the technical skills and professional experience to produce games that will enchant and engage audiences.

The Game Studio at Champlain College is a unique feature that gives you hands-on experience in your field, working with peers from our other game majors to complete game projects from start to finish. This parallel to real-world professional studio work is what makes Champlain game programmers stand out from the crowd; you’ll have firsthand experience working with other departments to bring a project to completion.

JUST THE FACTS


TOP 20#4THE MOST
Champlain has one of the most esteemed game development programs in the world, and consistently ranks in the Top 20 Game Design Schools by The Princeton Review.Champlain ranked 4th best school in the world by the Rookies Awards, an international creative media competition.Champlain was named a “Most Innovative School” by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2020 rankings.

WHAT SETS US APART


The Game Studio at Champlain College

The unique Game Studio at Champlain College gives you start-to-finish game-building experience in a professional environment. You’ll collaborate with your peers in each of our game majors to create playable games in a studio that parallels the processes of the industry. By the end of your four years, you’ll be ready to work in a professional studio.

Annual Game Studio Senior Show

You will have the opportunity to present the game you create with your Game Studio team—as well as your own demo reel—to recruiters from all over the United States and Canada. Recruiters often come to the Senior Show to scout new talent, from companies like: Insomniac, Behaviour, Otherside Entertainment, Trivium Interactive, Velan, Activision/Vicarious Visions, Hidden Monster Games, Sony Bend, and Ubisoft.

Game Developers Conference

Champlain College sends a cohort to the world’s largest game developers conference each year in San Francisco. Game Studio faculty, students, alumni, and the Game Studio Career Coach attend the conference for professional development and networking. The Career Coach facilitates exclusive networking meetings for Champlain students with top recruiters from companies such as Ubisoft, ArenaNet, Crystal Dynamics, Survios, Insomniac, Rockstar, and Sony.

SAMPLE COURSES IN THE GAME PROGRAMMING CURRICULUM


Year 1Introduction to Game DevelopmentIntroduction to Game Programming
Year 2Introduction to Modern Graphics ProgrammingGame Architecture
Year 3Artificial Intelligence for GamesIntermediate Graphics & Animation Programming
Year 4Senior ProductionNetworking for Online Games

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE


Our Upside-Down Curriculum ensures that you are taking key courses in your major in your first semester. This means you’ll be ready for internships sooner than most students, allowing more time for you to build relevant professional experience.

Through your project-based courses, you will:

  • acquire the foundation of mathematics, physics, computer science, and software engineering necessary for game development;
  • master contemporary technology for 2-D and 3-D graphics; and
  • design and build artificial intelligence, physics engines, and networking systems. 

Champlain’s campus in Montreal, Canada, provides extraordinary opportunities to live and study in a cosmopolitan global center for technology. Champlain has close relationships with some of the biggest companies in gaming, which are based in Montreal.

Featured Student

ELIANA PEREZ, 21 
Game Programming 
New York, NY 

The professors at Champlain really go above and beyond. They treat their students like people, and they’re forgiving when life gets messy.

ELIANA PEREZ, 21 

Featured Student

MARK BOTAISH, 20 
Game Programming 
Sharon, MA 

The Game Studio is pretty much on point with what you would experience in the real world.

MARK BOTAISH, 20 

YOUR FUTURE


Build Your Career in Game Programming

Champlain College was one of the first institutions to offer a bachelor’s degree in Game Programming, and we continue to offer one of the best in the world. Our reputation for producing high-caliber industry professionals is substantiated by the extraordinary success of our graduates. Champlain Game Programming grads often work with companies like Behaviour Interactive, Sony Bend, Ubisoft, Velan Studios, and Vicarious Visions.

You’ll be prepared to…

Write clear and efficient code in the programming languages relevant to professional game development, following appropriate coding standards and industry practices.

Build systems that employ common approaches to game AI, game physics, game networking, game graphics (2-D and 3-D), operating systems, and file formats.

Communicate effectively (through the use of written material and visual presentations) to both technical and non-technical game developers.

Build interactive software as part of a development team (including artists, animators, designers, producers, and/or other programmers).

See all program learning outcomes.

Recent grads are in positions such as:

Software Engineer // Amazon // Seattle, WA

Game Engineer // Schell Games // Pittsburgh, PA

Software Engineer // Idemia // Billerica, MA

UX/UI/Networking Programmer // Reification // Oakland, CA

Associate Gameplay Engineer // Proletariat Inc. // Boston, MA

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