Game Design & Development
Bachelor Degree

Game Design & Development is the degree program 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 high-detail visual, fun, compelling stories and dynamic game play, there is a need for highly skilled people with specialized expertise.

The video game industry touches every aspect of modern life - from entertainment to education to defense to industry - games play a role in the way we interact with each other and the world around us.



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Game Design Art

Game Design Art

Game Design Art students gain expertise in the creative side of game design including 2D art, 3D art, level design, storytelling and team-oriented project creation for multiple platforms.

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Game Design Engineering

Game Design Engineering

Game Design Engineering students gain expertise in game design, game programming languages, tools programming, scripting languages and software development on the engineering side - essential skills for computer gaming, simulation, visualization and game engine programming.

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Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

Cogswell graduates have worked on many AAA titles as well as built their own studios. Fieldrunners and Blast Monkey - two of the most downloaded games of the past few years - are companies founded by Cogswell alumni.

Graduates Have Found Careers As:

Obtaining a degree from Cogswell College will not guarantee employment in listed positions.

Cogswell College is Located in Beautiful Sunnyvale, California

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Here's my advice for people wanting to get into the Game industry - work really, really hard. Ask lots of questions and REALLY listen to the answers. College is equal parts learning and networking, so take advantage of both while you are there.
Pat Gillette Cogswell alumnus (2006), Animator, 343 Industries (a division of Microsoft Games)
I got to where I am today thanks to Cogswell. The classes and instructors helped me get a strong foundation for learning how to make games. I was able to take that knowledge and create my own team, my own game, and my own company. Now I've expanded further to put my skills to work at one of the best game studios in the world.
Greg Reisdorf Cogswell alumnus (2003), Senior Level Designer, Sledgehammer Games
One of the fundamental philosophies that provided a foundation for PDI was its focus on education. The future of the industry rests on the shoulders of the next person who walks in the door, so we stressed the need to embrace and develop new talent. Cogswell's vision shares many of the same values. Besides, we are in the same city.
Richard Chuang CEO of PIC2, Cogswell Board of Trustees
Cogswell helped me turn my dream of animating for a living into a reality by giving me a working knowledge of 3D, providing connections in the industry and the interpersonal skills to get ahead.
Allen Stetson Cogswell alumnus (1999), BA Computer and Video Imaging
I'll remember Cogswell as my stepping stone. All of the teachers I had were passionate about what they did and classes were always enlightening - specifically classes with Julius and Dr. Don. Genre Electronica was a lot of fun and Music Composition with Tim really helped me a lot. These were the classes that I learned the most from and they also reminded me that I was exactly where I needed to be.
Jason Ramirez Cogswell alumnus (2014), BA Digital Audio Technology
One of the things that makes Cogswell special is that the program is more about people. The classes are small which facilitates student/faculty interaction. The faculty gets to know each student and really cares about his or her success.
Scott Church Cogswell alumnus (2006), BS Digital Audio Technology
If not for Cogswell, and particularly some key faculty members and alumni, I would not have this job or this career. The courses at Cogswell College gave me the foundation in fine arts and digital media to be able to step into my position here at Double Fine and immediately begin working.
Raymond Crook Cogswell alumnus (2001), BA Computer and Video Imaging