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SOCAPA's Vermont Program is hosted at Champlain College, situated in the picturesque city of Burlington, Vermont. Champlain's campus is perched in the historic Hill Section, overlooking the breathtaking Lake Champlain and the surrounding Adirondack Mountains.
A short walk down the hill and students are immersed in the vibrant arts scene of downtown Burlington. You'll find the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the lively, pedestrian Church Street Marketplace, lined with boutiques, shops, art galleries, sidewalk cafes, coffeehouses, a smorgasbord of ethnic eateries, street performers, an indoor mall for rainy days, and movie theaters showing first-run, art and foreign films.
A little further down the hill and you are on the shores of spectacular Lake Champlain. The waterfront's Battery Park hosts weekly outdoor rock concerts and North Beach is perfect for swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Burlington is an ideal summer haven featuring an eclectic mix of cultural, artistic and recreational activities.
The classroom and tech facilities at Champlain College are among the best we've seen in the nation. The MacPro Editing labs used by the Photography and Filmmaking Programs feature thirty individual stations loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign), Flash, Dreamweaver, ImageReady, Fireworks, Maya and many others. Just down the hall are state-of-the-art photography facilities and a large gang darkroom with ten enlargers. Movie nights and the final showcase festival take place in the Alumni Auditorium Theater which seats two-hundred.
A variety of extracurricular activities are planned for evenings and weekends. Activities range from the much anticipated "Non-Talent Show" and Karaoke night, to taking in a local show and summer blockbuster movie. Cool off swims in lake Champlain, hikes in the beautiful Green Mountains, leisurely strolls downtown and summer concerts in the park are also planned.