Game Design & Development

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Bachelor Degrees in Game Design & Development

Game Design & Development is the degree program at Cogswell that best exemplifies the intersection of engineering and art for games and various forms of interactive technology. As the market for computer games and gamification demands visually high detail, fun, interactive, compelling stories, & dynamic game play, there is a need for highly skilled people with specialized expertise.

Game Design & Development consists of two majors which represent the two sides of game development teams. Game Design Art is focused on art and content creation. Game Design Engineering is focused on engineering and the more technical aspects of game creation.

Students focus on a degree in one of the following areas:

Game Design Art (GDA)

Game Design Art students will graduate with expertise in the creative side of game design including but not limited to 2D art, 3D art, level design, storytelling, and team oriented project creation for multiple platforms. GDA classes provide many opportunities for collaborations with other programs at Cogswell, including Digital Audio Technology and Game Design Engineering. The Portfolio classes provide a format for bringing together all of the elements of the concept to delivery pipeline as students collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to complete real world projects. Students learn to work on teams that mirror real development teams that consist of artists, engineers, audio, and management.

Game Design Engineering (GDE)

Game Design Engineering students will graduate with expertise in game design, game programming languages, tools programming, scripting languages and software development on the engineering side. These skills are essential in the computer gaming, simulation, visualization and game engine programming industries. Since the industry also places high importance on teamwork, Cogswell's coursework offers numerous opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary team projects. Students learn to work on teams that mirror real development teams that consist of artists, engineers, audio, and management.

Degrees Earned

  • Graduating in GDA earns a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design Art
  • Graduating in GDE earns a Bachelor of Science in Game Design Engineering

Benefits of Game Design and Development Program

•   Work on teams with other students that have the skills needed to make all the actual components of a game. Specifically, Cogswell has both game engineering and game art students unlike many schools. In addition, students in our game audio program participate on our teams and entrepreneurship classes offer important management and marketing skills.

•   Build your portfolio with faculty guidance & industry-standard tools

•   Build a network of like-minded students, alumni, faculty and industry contacts

•   Current curricula covering latest technological advances

•   Learn from caring faculty with industry experience

•   Work in teams with faculty on projects

•   Laboratories equipped with industry-standard hardware and software

•   Project-based education where you can learn and work on teams

•   Integrated lectures and lab work

•   Curricula structured for maximum credit transfer from other schools

•   Rigorous academic advising for timely graduation


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Learning Outcomes

Game Design Art (GDA) Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify the most critical components of a project by evaluating the contributing factors.
  2. Students can develop a production plan that includes concepts, technology, and a schedule.
  3. Students produce a senior reel that integrates the principles, techniques, and skills acquired in their coursework.
  4. Students can utilize the most appropriate existing and emerging software technology in their work.
  5. Students create computer-generated images that convey messages and emotions.
  6. Students can apply the elements of design and color to their work.
  7. Students use drawing and rendering techniques to invent expressive characters, sets, and props.
  8. Students can define the role of each member of a group project.
  9. Students will effectively contribute their expertise to a collaborative project.
  10. Students develop a final project concept through experimentation and iteration.
  11. Students design and implement a project that exhibits inventive combinations of ideas, techniques, and materials.

Game Design Engineering (GDE) Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.