Alpha Lab

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AlphaLab is a club devoted to the furthering of the Columbia College Chicago game-making community.
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We cover everything for creating a game from concept to in-depth design and art decision used in the development process. The club also features talks/presentations on several topics and software used in game development and even puts on Game Jams for all IAM students to participate in! We host workshops, events, and discussions every Friday from 5-6pm in room 142 of the 916 S. Wabash building (1st floor).


  • Enlarging our working portfolios
  • Teaching students something new every week, preferably something outside their concentration
  • Practicing working together in a friendly environment
  • Giving newer students a chance to do/learn more about game creation without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed
  • Providing a social atmosphere for all Columbia students interested in the game-making process.


Alpha James (Game Jams)

We host game jams twice a semester. People from all backgrounds form teams and collaborate together to make a game within 24 hours.

Here are a few games our members have made during their game jam sessions.


President: Dan Steinmetz

Vice President: Ishan Dutta

Secretary: Valerie Valhalla Villarreal

Consultant: Scott Little

Faculty Advisor: Janell Baxter


Contact us at and don't forget to join our Facebook group.

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