Game Sound Design Major

Build tension, amplify action, and design the perfect atmosphere; a good video game relies on a great soundtrack.

Build tension, amplify action, and design the perfect atmosphere; a good video game relies on a great soundtrack.

Champlain College’s Bachelor of Science in Game Sound Design is ideal for students interested in creating the audio elements of games. You’ll learn music composition, scoring, voiceover recording, game engine scripting, and more, all while working directly with game engines on a game development team.

From character dialogue to background music, learn how to design video game audio that gives players an immersive and engaging experience.

Why study Game Sound Design at Champlain College?

In the Champlain College Game Studio, you’ll be learning in an environment that very closely replicates the studio work of the game industry. You’ll collaborate with students in the Game Art, Game Design, Game Programming, and Game Production Management majors to build full games from start to finish. 

Our Game Studio Senior Show is widely anticipated by top game company recruiters each year. Why? They know our graduates will hit the ground running. The game industry—its necessary teamwork, processes, and best practices—is a familiar world to a Champlain game student; they’ve been working in it already.

Watch the video below to learn about the process behind one Game Studio team’s project.


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.

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

Students demonstrate and play video games at the Champlain 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:

InsomniacActivision/Vicarious Visions
BehaviourHidden Monster Games
Otherside EntertainmentSony Bend
Trivium InteractiveUbisoft

Game Developers Conference

Champlain students attending the Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco

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.


Year 1EGD 101 Introduction to Game DevelopmentSON 120 Fundamentals of Digital Music
Year 2SON 282 Synthesis & Sound DesignEGD 220 Game Production I
Year 3BRD 330 Advanced Audio & Sound DesignEGD 320 Game Production
Year 4SON 165 Business of MusicEGD 420 Senior Production


Student works on a project in Champlain's Emergent Media Center

You’ll be learning the ins and outs of game sound design from your very first day of classes. This early experience means you’ll be ready for career-relevant internships by your second year.

Study Abroad

A student explores the Jean Talon Market in Montreal.

Explore the verdant landscapes of Ireland and the welcoming liveliness of its capital city. Find inspiration and energy in the unique, cosmopolitan character of Montreal, Canada. Embark on a semester abroad nearly anywhere in the world, expanding your perspective.

An Education in Game Sound Design

Earning a bachelor’s degree in Game Sound Design positions you perfectly for a career in creating the auditory experiences of the next big video games. You don’t have to retrofit an education in music production to the specific processes and technologies of the game industry—at Champlain, your expertise in sound design is built within the context of games. 

You’ll be prepared to…

Develop game scores to meet specific professional scenarios and requirements.

Conceptualize, in a clear and concise way, the audio direction for a game or specific game assets using traditional or digitally facilitated rendering methods.

Identify and anticipate new technology and rapidly adapt to the changing technological landscape.

Articulate, analyze, and evaluate the meanings, social contexts, and ethical choices in your work.

Identify industry game sound design roles—and the specific skill sets required by each role—in order to develop a successful, individual career path.

See all learning outcomes.

These Champlain College benefits will get you ahead of the game:

  • You’ll be immersed in Game Sound Design from day one—giving you lots of time to refine skills, learn from mistakes, and discover your acoustic preferences. 
  • Working collaboratively in our Game Studio is about as close as you can get to working in a real, industry game studio!
  • …except for those times you’ll be working in real, industry game studios. We can set you up to intern with businesses in Burlington and all over the world.
  • Our campus in Montreal, Canada, provides students with opportunities to tour some of the game industry’s biggest companies.
  • Through our InSight program and your career advisor, you’ll have help all along the way—finding those fantastic internships, preparing to meet recruiters at our Senior Game Show, and so much more.

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