Category Archives: MFA in Emergent Media

The Emergent Media Center Welcomes our New 2022 Hires

By Sarah Jerger Greetings, EMC friends and supporters! With the turn of the new year, we wanted to let you know about a few changes at the Emergent Media Center (EMC) regarding personnel and staffing structure: DEPARTURES Adam Walker has moved on from Champlain to his next chapter. He served as EMC’s Project Manager for […]

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It’s Been a Busy Semester so far!

The Emergent Media Center has been engaged with a multitude of awesome projects this semester! Here’s a little taste of what’s been going on in the EMC.

Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) 2017

The Sandbox Team has made the trek to San Francisco to debut Spacebox! Stay tuned for updates via the Emergent Media Center Facebook

Local Innovation

We have some new neighbors; The Burlington Generator MakerSpace has opened up right next door to the EMC. “Generator is a home for makers, artists, and designers of all skill-levels and interests.”

Thanks to a partnership with Generator, “students from Champlain College can have access to even more tools; as well as access to a vibrant community of artists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and local businesses.”

Generator’s workstations include:

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electronics
  • Jewelry
  • Machine Shop
  • Wood Shop
  • Metals Shop
  • Computer Lab

Generator is an amazing resource for Champlain students, Makers, and Innovators alike. Best of all, it’s right across the parking lot from the Emergent Media Center.

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour and Store Experience Enhancement Concepts

This semester, MEM students are working in collaboration with the Vermont Teddy Bear company to create an interactive display for factory tours. The Design-A-Bear team is working to create a kiosk where consumers can digitally customize their bear before actually building it. Consumers can even take a selfie with their digital friend if they don’t feel like creating a physical bear. As of March, this project has passed the proposal stage and the Design-A-Bear team has begun the building process. Stay tuned for further updates!


Masters in Emergent Media Projects

It’s been a super busy semester and we’re not even half-way through it yet! We recently caught up with second year MFA Fellows to see what they’ve been working on.

Michael Fay, Christian Konczal, and Laura Fillbach reflect on their projects so far:

Michael Fay
Project(s): Breakaway

As a project manager fellow and certified SCRUM master, I’m working with the BREAKAWAY team to help optimize their development process as they prepare to release a mobile version of the BREAKAWAY game; a that uses soccer as a global language to educate boys and girls worldwide about Violence Against Women and Girls, gender equality, and respect.

The team is currently iterating on mini-games for the app based on feedback from Champlain QA lab. They’ve received a lot of actionable feedback that has helped improved the game. We are also reexamining the language of the game in order to make it accessible to children of all reading levels.

MFA Thesis, title TBD

Authenticity is a hot topic in the public relations and community management fields particularly for the management of video game communities. Video game communities tend to have very direct and invested relationships with the brands surrounding their games. My thesis explores the theoretical and practical tensions involved in producing authentic content and marketing a gaming brand in a way that is perceived as authentic by its audience  I’m using the community surrounding my own YouTube channel to experiment with these ideas and will be presenting a collection of my work along with lessons learned at the MFA gallery show in May.

The project is under way and I’m deeply embedded in the practice portion of the project; regularly creating multiple different styles of video and social media content and exploring their value. I’m really happy with the insights I’ve gained so far.

Christian Konczal

Project(s): Design-A-Bear

We are assisting a local business with improving their retail experience with an interactive AR scavenger hunt. The student team is in competition with another team from Champlain and has been perfecting their pitches and rapidly prototyping their concepts in order to win and see their designs becomes reality.


Mag Na Mell

My thesis work is centered around creating a transmedial IP that can be licensed for free by creators in order to assist them and their own projects. The thesis is comprised of three parts, a free comic that has been running for six months and functions as an introduction to the world, a mobile game that will be released for free coinciding with the thesis show, and a tabletop game releasing post graduation. Those interested can check out the world at


Laura Fillbach
Project: Design-A-Bear

Description of project: We are creating an interactive display where visitors to VT Teddy Bear can digitally create a custom bear at a kiosk outside of the tour area.  They will be able to choose fur and eye colors and special outfits, among other things, and build the bear right on the screen.  They will also be able to get a photo of themselves with the bear they designed on the screen.  If they choose, they can actually make a physical version of their digital bear right in the store to take home with them.

How is the project going/evaluation: We are in the final stretches of preparing to present this project next week.  The team is working together really well and taking ownership of their tasks.  I am really proud of them.


“Flight” and “Graffiniti” Take Off at Burlington International

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – A nearly year-long collaboration between Burlington International Airport and the Champlain College Emergent Media Center’s Sandbox Team culminated last week with the launch of two interactive art installations. “People drive by Champlain College, say it’s a beautiful campus, but no one is really sure what is going on behind those walls. […]

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EMC Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Celebration

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College Emergent Media Center Director and Associate Dean Ann DeMarle took center stage Monday morning at the Career Collaborative’s inaugural Fall Career Conference to launch a year-long campaign celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EMC and its programs. “We’ve done a lot in the past ten years. And we are celebrating […]

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A Journey to South Africa Thanks To BREAKAWAY

By Christian Konczal Two months ago I was told to pack my bags because I was chosen to accompany the BREAKAWAY team on their journey across the globe. I was ecstatic. BREAKAWAY’s mission to help end violence against women and girls nationwide is a goal that is crucial and necessary. BREAKAWAY’s recent achievement at being […]

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The EMC Impresses at the Vermont Climate Summit

By Mike Goldman A select team of videographers and producers from the Emergent Media Center had the opportunity to go to the Vermont Climate Economy Summit at Vermont Technical College last week. The objective of the day was film and edit a comprehensive video of the day’s events that would be shown to all the attendees at […]

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By Michael Goldman/Bianca Roa This past summer, the Emergent Media Center (EMC) was proud to receive a nomination for their game BREAKAWAY chosen as one of the top 20 international Information and Computing Technology (ICT) applications addressing violence against women and girls. This year on January 26th, the EMC was notified that they were one of four finalist for the Womanity award offered […]

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CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE MFA in EMERGENT MEDIA, VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS and NHPR JOIN IN SUPPORT OF EVENT ON OCTOBER 16th GENERATOR, LOCAL 64, and NORMAN WILLIAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY SIGN ON AS EVENT PARTNERS Festival Organizers are pleased to announce a roster of sponsors and event partners for the 5th annual event, including several new […]

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Fall Semester and the EMC

By Giuseppe Liquori and Keeshawn Nicholson Burlington, VT – It’s September, which means students are back on campus and it’s time for a new semester. In addition, September is the month where Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center, located at the Lakeside campus, prepares for and attends some of Burlington’s biggest events in maker culture. Today, […]

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