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Cogswell Life

The following article, written by Bill O’Neill, first appeared in Teen Life magazine. It reflects the interdisciplinary approach taken at Cogswell, as represented by the students in the images that accompany the article here, is gaining in relevance. “Technology alone is not enough. It’s when technology is married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that […]

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Leonardo Da Vinci is credited with saying, “The first intention of the painter is to make a flat surface display a body as if modeled and separated from this plane”. Dimensionality became the supreme innovation of Renaissance art then and continues to drive innovation through digital displays of all sizes today. For a recent example, Amazon’s […]

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James Cameron’s Avatar franchise has set the bar for representing hybrid alien-human characters. Cogswell grad Allen Stetson (class of ’99) described how he and his team at WETA Digital are helping move the upcoming four announced Avatar sequels through production.”I have a super bizarre, unique role with the company in that I am specifically dedicated to the […]

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“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 always […]

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The following was written by Bonnie Boglioli Randall and published as part of Animation Career Review’s Interview Series.   For a polytech college, there are few better places to be situated than in the heart of Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. Cogswell College certainly benefits greatly from its immediate surroundings which offer a wealth of opportunity for students and faculty […]

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Initially, Robert Mariazeta says he wanted to become an engineer. Then, while sitting in class at a community college, his “rocket scientist” teacher mentioned that everything he was learning, he would never actually use because there were computers to do that now. This experience in class made him think deeply about his future. “I kind of […]

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Douglas Thomas is a professor at the Iovine-Young Academy within USC. He has been Cogswell’s commencement speaker and shares an appreciation for many of the influences at play here. This piece first appeared on his Medium blog. I have been a professor at a major institution of higher learning for almost three decades. For the past […]

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Cathy Davidson’s new book is a manifesto on teaching students — and institutions — how to survive and thrive in the digital age. This review by Colleen Flaherty first appeared via “Inside Higher Ed”. In it, the author argues that mainstream approaches to higher education have become increasingly out of touch with a rapidly changing world. At Cogswell, where […]

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What is the value of higher education, particularly in the heart of one of the most dynamic economies on earth? According to researchers Dick Scott and Mike Kirst, two emeriti Stanford faculty members, the fundamental issues facing institutions that make this area their home illustrate how challenging it is to prepare new generations to operate successfully in a […]

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