By Michael Foti (Game Producer ’21), Montreal Industry Coordinator
I’ve never been to a conference before. Sure, I’ve been to career fairs and Comicons, but never have I ever been to a large conference revolving around game developers, their games and companies. This lead to a whole new event that I wasn’t ready for, but pushed myself into having one of the best experiences I’ve had while starting in the game industry.Continue reading →
Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (Game Art ’21), takes us on a tour of Montreal by showing us some her favourite outings. From Mount Royal, to the Botanical Gardens, to exploring the city’s metro architecture, our students got up to a lot during their short stay here!
Montreal’s two main forms of transportation are its public bus and subway system. If you are studying abroad, you’ll probably invest in a monthly metro pass, as it is the best deal. This gives you access to both the bus and subway with unlimited fare for that month. That being said, the metro goes right from the student housing at Evo to the academic center, so there is no direct need to ever use the Montreal busses. Hopefully, at some point of time in Montreal however, you may decide to go out and do things in the city, but chances are that you’ve only ever really taken the metro. I was in a similar boat, and I believe I chose wrong. Whenever I was in a situation where I could either take one bus, or transfer between multiple metros and do a fair bit of walking, I would choose the metro since it is what I was familiar with, and I didn’t trust the reliability of the busses. While this works, there are ways to further familiarize yourself with the bussing system so you aren’t afraid to use it. Download the Transit app so you are able to keep track of the best bus routes, and don’t be afraid to learn some bus routes as early into the year as possible, so you can get the hang of it before it gets cold.Continue reading →
Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (GART ’21), looks back on her semester in Montreal. From Chinatown to the Garden of Lights, Old Montreal, various museums, concerts, a weekend trip to Ottawa, to exploring different neighbourhoods and trying as many differents foods as possible, it has been one busy semester!
“Thanks for letting me meet so many new people. From the staff and professors, to people who I’ve known, but haven’t been super close with before, and now I have a whole new group of friends.”Continue reading →
By Social Media Ambassador, John Connelly (Game Programming ’21).
Poutine at La Banquise
Montreal is a bustling city, and each day leads to tons of new activities and events to go to. From live shows, to interactive art exhibits, to our own school hosted events such as botanical light shows and improv sessions. While all of those activities have been a blast, there is one activity that has me ecstatic no matter the time of day or occasion. Eating food. Now when I say eating food, I don’t mean waking up and groggily pouring some milk into a bowl of Frosted flakes, I mean going out to experience as many different and unique foods that Montreal has to offer. There is such a rich culture in Montreal, from Chinatown’s abundant Asian cuisines to Little Italy’s massive farmers market where you can get an astonishing amount of locally produced goods. It would be a shame to come here for a study abroad semester and not try a little bit of everything.Continue reading →
When I was given the opportunity to interview a member of our Montreal Campus faculty, I lept at the chance to interview Noé Sardet, our Emerging Media teacher. Our Emerging Media class, for those who don’t know, is a class which teaching students how to interact and explore the new and upcoming media available in Montreal, and potentially create them in the future. It is a very hands on class which leaves a lot of creativity in the hands of the students, with each project focusing on a completely different element of media to explore.Continue reading →
Opportunities arise frequently for the student body here at Montreal to get together for events, and this time we were lucky enough to go out to Ottawa to see all of the cool sights of Canada outside of Montreal. On the trip, we got to experience historic sites, museums, government buildings, Ottawan cuisine, and a taste of anglophone Canada. Continue reading →
While humans are adaptive creatures, being thrown into a new environment is never easy. I’ve moved a lot and lived in a lot of places, but I’ve never lived in a big city like Montreal. It took a little time to adjust, but so far I’ve been loving it here.
Hearing different languages everywhere you go is one of my favorite parts of being here. Sometimes you hear a different language or two back in Burlington, but definitely not everyday. Here, you hop on the Metro and every station name is spoken in French. And you don’t just hear French either, it goes from from hearing Italian at Jean Talon Market to Chinese at the Bakery that my friends and I frequent for lunch in Chinatown.Continue reading →
At the Champlain Montreal Campus, every class is full of interesting subjects and information to absorb, but of all of them the one I most look forward to every week is Emerging Media. The class is one of the two CORE classes I am taking, and offers a wide variety of new experiences involving emerging media in Montreal. I originally chose it because my major was Game Programming, and I figured I would rather take a CORE class that fit into my major rather than one that didn’t, but once the class began I found that this class could honestly apply to any major. Continue reading →