Champlain Game Academy offers high schoolers collaborative experience

The Champlain Game Academy will help high school students interested in games explore the possibilities of the exciting and growing field of Game Development with a program running July 8-19. Under the direction of Champlain College Game Studio professors the Champlain Game Academy will introduce all aspects of game development including game design, game art, and animation, programming, sound, testing, and production. The curriculum is modeled on the collaborative approach of The Game Studio cohort at Champlain College. Check out the approach at Game Academy students will have the opportunity to focus on their areas of special interest, and with the instruction of industry professionals will co-create a finished portion of a game. Academy graduates will gain an immersive experience in game development, and get a head start on building a portfolio to pursue their passion after high school. The Champlain Game Academy is a summer residential Game Development Academy to introduce high school students who are interested in any of the game disciplines—Art and Animation, Design, Programming, Sound, Testing and Production—to the process of interdisciplinary game development. Students who are seriously considering studying Game Development in college and/or are considering the game industry for a career should register. However, anyone interested in game development is welcome to attend. The Program Director is Dean Lawson. Lawson is professor of Game Programming at Champlain College and has been a game developer since 1994. He has worked on more than 15 published games for PC, PS2, Nintendo DS, Web, and iPhone. Bridget Ryan is the administrative director and all questions regarding registration can be contacted for any registration questions. All classes are designed and instructed by professors of Game Development at Champlain College. Current and recently graduated Game Development students will assist in the classroom. Students will learn how to use a 3-D game engine to develop interactive games. Depending on personal interests, students can focus on creating 3-D Art and Animations, designing game with an emphasis on level design, programming, creating music and sound effects, or testing and the production process. At the end of the Academy you will have a finished portion of a game that was created by you and students from other disciplines working together as a team. The game can serve as the centerpiece of your game portfolio—many schools require portfolios for admission into their game development programs. Most importantly, you will have your love of games and interest in how they are made confirmed before you embark on your college career. To register, visit

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