THE COGSWELL EXPERIENCE is truly extraordinary. We dig deep into the creative process. Our students are given a rare hands-on approach to the practices demanded by todayâ€™s creative industries. They are given the support they need to innovate, connect, and make things happen. They can walk into chaos and create order. They can take a conventional idea and create a remarkable one. At Cogswell, we realize the best ideas start with a sketch.
Cogswell student, Jorden Ferrell pursues her Bachelor of Art degree in Digital Art & Animation with a concentration in 3D Animation. Scan here to learn more about this program from cogswell.edu.
REACH YOUR CREATIVE
Potential EDUCATION IS AN ONGOING transformation that involves learning through doing challenging work.
YOU’LL FIND IT’S DIFFERENT HERE.
Cogswell cultivates an open, collaborative environment at the intersection of creativity, technology and business. Driven by passionate faculty and industry experts, we equip our students to create the extraordinary and make an impact on the world. This college environment translates into students stepping out of classes and into industries.
Cogswell prepares students for success by giving them real-world experience through project-based learning.
ESTABLISHED IN 1887
The spirit of creating the extraordinary is alive and well at Cogswell College. In fact, it’s in our DNA. We are at the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s been this way since 1887 when Dr. Henry Cogswell opened the doors to Cogswell Polytechnical College in San Francisco, California. Dr. Cogswell believed that the best path to learning was through doing — an anthem we still salute.
Dr. Henry D. Cogswell, Founder
Place IT’S IMPORTANT to consider not only what you study, but where you study. Students say they’ve found their tribe at Cogswell — in the heart of Silicon Valley.
THE SPIRIT OF SILICON VALLEY SURROUNDS YOU
WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA
This is where you’ll discover fellow students sculpting with clay or designing the next responsive virtual reality environment. Step outside and the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley surrounds you. With inspiration all around, you’ll have the opportunity to fuel talents you didn’t even know you had. It’s where you’ll meet students hacking a game controller, creating exciting apps, formulating disruptive business ideas and creating new ways to manipulate sound.
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play hard THAT’S EASY, because work and play are the same thing. At Cogswell College, it’s about developing your talent and filling your portfolio with extraordinary work.
John Cobian | Environment Art
GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
B.A. IN GAME DESIGN ART | B.S. IN GAME DESIGN ENGINEERING
HELP YOU LEVEL UP.
You’ll get to play and test video games made by other students in the game design program. From idle animations to combat to levels and artificial intelligence, you’ll learn each building block of video game design and development.
What makes Cogswell a top video game design school? Classes that simulate an actual game development team, coupled with expert instructors who have years of real-world industry experience at video game companies like Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard.
At Cogswell, students learn in professional team environments using industry tools like Maya, Unity and Unreal Engine.
JOIN A MASSIVE MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE AS YOU LEARN HOW TO PROGRAM OR DESIGN VIDEO GAMES IN CLASSES THAT WILL EQUIP YOU TO WORK IN THE COMPETITIVE GAMING INDUSTRY. THIS IS THE PROGRAM THAT WILL
COGSWELL PREPARES STUDENTS FOR REAL-WORLD JOBS.
Some of our star-studded game design alumni are working at companies such as Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and Sony PlayStation.
LIVE BY THE
Code MAK E TH E F UTU R E . Our computer science program provides a rock solid foundation of theory and hands-on application. Be ready to make your mark.
COMPUTER SCIENCE B.S. IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING • WEB AND MOBILE • DATA SCIENCE
MARC ANDREESSEN, CO-FOUNDER OF NETSCAPE SAID, “SOFTWARE IS EATING THE WORLD.” LEARN HOW TO DESIGN AND PROGRAM THE SOFTWARE SYSTEMS AND TOOLS THAT WILL DISRUPT AND REDEFINE THE FUTURE OF HIGH TECH.
Gain expert skills in classes taught by Silicon Valley software engineers. Learn today’s programming languages and the theories behind computation, computer architecture, algorithms, compilers, operating systems and artificial intelligence.
YOU’LL FIND MENTORS in
Cogswell’s small class sizes and inroads to industry will prepare you to enter the global conversation and navigate the ever-changing tech world. Specialize your education with the Software Engineering, Web & Mobile or Data Science concentrations.
Cogswell’s experienced engineering faculty with ties to major industry players like NASA. Participate in hands-on, interdisciplinary projects like Game Studio and Project X, producing professional-quality software and applications.
FIND THE RIGHT
ITâ€™S A SOUN D DE S IG N . The company you keep is critical to creative growth. Here, youâ€™ll mix with studio engineers, sound designers and game audio pros from right here in the Bay Area.
Caleb Prewitt sets up equipment for a studio recording session as part of his studies under the Digital Audio Technology program. Learn more about this robust program from cogswell.edu
DIGITAL AUDIO TECHNOLOGY B.S. IN DIGITAL AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
AUDIO AND MUSIC PRODUCTION • AUDIO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING
BRING YOUR AUDIO CAREER TO LIFE.
The digital audio technology program has two concentrations for students who live in music and think in sound effects: Audio and Music Production for those who want to make digital audio content — and Audio Software Development and Engineering for those who want to create software for audio professionals.
You’ll learn from game audio professionals, electronic music artists, composers and sound design professionals with credits in productions such as DragonBall Z, The Zookeeper and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. Our faculty have also created sound design and audio assets for video games, such as Star Trek Online and Spiderman.
“ Cogswell gives you an audio Swiss army knife, an entire set of skills to successfully compete in the demanding audio industry. ” Dr. Timothy Duncan, Program Director of Digital Audio Technology
GET DOWN TO
Business B E A LE ADE R , be an innovator. Learn how to craft disruptive products, analyze data and market trends, manage resources — all while leading creative teams.
Cogswell students, Aakash Trivedi (left) and Joseph Fortuno (right) take advantage of easy access to BBA faculty like Prof. Robert Steinberg. Learn more about what makes this program so unique at cogswell.edu.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION B.B.A.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT • DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
CALLING ALL LEADERS AND INNOVATORS.
If you’ve ever dreamed of developing and launching your own game app, managing digital media projects, or leading a team at a major studio — our faculty of business leaders will help you to realize your dreams.
You can apply business theories to real-world projects in our Project X, MediaWorks, Game Studio and other interdisciplinary programs found only at Cogswell.
“ Students come to our BBA program for the real-world
experience. They learn strategies in the classroom and then implement them while managing multi-department projects. ” Robert Steinberg, Professor of Business Administration
RIGHT IN THE THICK OF SILICON VALLEY.
You’re in the best place to develop potent project management and media marketing skills.
LE T YOU R PAS S ION LE AD. Mold your passion. Youâ€™ll learn to shape your talent in a way that prepares you for a creative career.
Khang Nguyen | Digital Art
DIGITAL ART AND ANIMATION B.A. IN DIGITAL ART AND ANIMATION
3D ANIMATION • 3D MODELING • ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN * TECHNICAL ART
IF YOUR PASSION IS ANIMATION, CONCEPT ART FOR VIDEO GAMES, OR 3D MODELING FOR BLOCKBUSTER FILMS, THIS IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU.
Learn how to build your creativity into reality. Bring an object to life, render the possibilities and create a world of your making. With each brushstroke in Photoshop, composition in
Maya, or digital sculpture in ZBrush, you’ll be designing with tools the pros use for art and animation. Students have access to excellent software and hardware conducive to creativity and learning — including render farm access and the use of virtual reality and augmented reality equipment.
“ Throughout the Cogswell experience, our expert
faculty explain in detail the realities of the production pipeline—the struggles, the trials, the rewards. ”
Wayne Moodie, Cogswell Student
SOME OF OUR DIGITAL ART AND ANIMATION PROGRAM
alumni work at places like Pixar and DreamWorks and have developed characters in blockbuster animated films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Deadpool.
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Luxury Home R E DE F IN E HOM E WOR K . Get to know fellow students in your apartment complex while taking advantage of the incredible amenities available.
STUDENT HOUSING AT COGSWELL COLLEGE
ENJOY A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE AT COGSWELL.
Live in luxury apartments within walking distance to campus. Furnished apartments have two bedrooms and bathrooms, pools,
fitness centers and in-unit washers and dryers as well as on-call RAs.
to worry about finding a place to live “ Notwashaving a big plus in my book. It allowed me to focus on what I actually came here to do. ”
Khorwyn Davenport, Cogswell Student
PROJECT - BASED
Learning LE AR N ING BY DOING . Here, you’ll be paired together with artists, animators, engineers, sound designers and clients to produce award-winning audiovisual media for the real world.
COMPANIES TAP OUR EXPERTISE IN ANIMATION AND AUDIO PRODUCTION
by partnering with our MediaWorks project. Here, students like Daniel Semon (pictured above) get the boon of working on collaborative projects for international brands like TEDx, Panasonic, Corning and more.
GIVE US A QUICK SCAN TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST FROM MEDIAWORKS
P R OJ EC T
AVATARAH COLLABORATE WITH YOUR PEERS
in the Project Avatarah course. Learn to produce unique character rigs for animators. Students design, model, texture and rig these characters using professional industry tools. By creating impressive portfolio pieces, students gain invaluable experience in pipeline structure, effective team communication and project management.
PROJECT X is
a project-based capstone course where students have produced award-winning, animated films for the big screen. Concept and character design, modeling, rigging, animation, texturing, lighting, composition, rendering and production management are all created by teams of students in collaboration with faculty and professional industry advisors. Digital art students work alongside students from digital audio, engineering and business disciplines. The high-octane blend of talent not only allows for unique collaboration — it mirrors the team structure of the creative industry today. COGSWELL.EDU/PROJECTX
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PROJECTS CULMINATE IN A PORTFOLIO FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH. In Game Studio,
students work with an external client to make a shippable game. A recent example is a game made for AC Transit, a major transportation authority in the San Francisco Bay Area. In collaboration with their executives, students designed a playable game for people riding their bus line. The game will ship in both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.
MEET A COUPLE OF COGSWELL ALUMNI WHO ARE NOW AT WORK DOING WHAT THEY LOVE KATIE FORTUNE
DIGITAL ARTS & ANIMATION ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN
“Working with people is a really good learning experience,” said Katie Fortune (class of ’15). “Before coming to Cogswell, I really hadn’t worked with a team before. Now, I really like seeing how the other members of my team do what they do. I’m learning from them as well as working with them.”
Katie was hired as a 2D artist at MZ, which produces such hits as Game of War, Mobile Strike and Final Fantasy XV. She says she loves working in games and making things that inspire others while working with people who inspire her as well.
Katie always loved to draw, and her desire to become an artist attracted her to Cogswell after high school. She particularly enjoyed developing concept art. “One assignment was to draw a steam-powered transportation device. I drew a couple of sketches and was really fond of the creepy crab-chair kind of thing I came up with.” While at Cogswell, Katie was asked to provide art direction and was recruited onto project teams. This opened her eyes to the skills of her peers as well as the processes used to build large-scale projects. She says, “Sometimes, they will ask me about my artistic opinion on things. I am always honored when they do.”
Scan to watch the video where Katie, when she was a junior at Cogswell, talks about her role building story-boards for a MediaWorks project.
COMPUTER SCIENCE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Bakari was working as a high school physics teacher when a representative came to his school and spoke to his class about Cogswell. He decided to enroll and pursue a second career. “I have always loved video games, and the thought of making games was more powerful than just playing them.” After spending a summer working at Sony PlayStation as an intern, he was hired as a developer support engineer.
Bakari is now a Software Engineer at Roblox—a massive, multiplayer online game creation platform where users can play and design their own games.
The internship experience revealed to Bakari the value of becoming a full-stack developer, capable of building back-end engines and connections as well as user experiences. He finished his Cogswell degree in Software Engineering which included a demonstration of physics working under dynamic “bouncy balls” artwork.
Have a look at how Bakari describes his experience at Cogswell, working on teams and developing the skills needed to launch his career.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit cogswell.edu/about-us/disclosures/program-disclosures.
sketch. Make. IT ALL STARTS WITH A GRE AT IDE A .
But an idea is only as good as its execution. At Cogswell, we’re about creating the extraordinary. It’s a process of taking our ideas from the sketchbook and bringing them to life in the real world. Working together on collaborative teams, the Cogswell community has become a hotbed of creative energy that extends far beyond the classroom. Project X students watch their animated films play on screens across the film festival circuit. MediaWorks students have their work in the world of big-business with clients like Panasonic and TedX. HERE’S YOUR SKETCHBOOK — WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?
COME SEE FOR YOURSELF. SCHEDULE A VISIT TODAY AT
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Hey, lOOk at that! You Found the Lost Unicorn! YOU MAY BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO FLIP RIGHT TO THE BACK OF THE BOOK .
We get it, you’re unconventional, that’s just one of the things that make you—you. But did you know at the front of this book are some of the things that make us—us? It’s true! If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out. Go back to the front and check out what makes Cogswell such a great place to nourish your passion and develop your talents. You’ll find that like you, we’re unconventional ourselves. That’s why we made you this sketchbook. We hope you like it as much as we do. Happy sketching, see you on the flip-side!
WANT YOUR FREE SKE TCHBOOK? The printed version of the viewbook is actually a 60-page sketchbook. Check out what Cogswell students are creating with their copy on the instagram hashtag: #CogswellSketchbook. Ready to get yours? CLICK ANY WHERE ON THIS PAGE TO ORDER YOUR FREE COPY!
Cogswell cultivates an open, collaborative environment at the intersection of creativity, technology and business. Have a look at our viewbo...
Published on Nov 3, 2017
Cogswell cultivates an open, collaborative environment at the intersection of creativity, technology and business. Have a look at our viewbo...