The 2018 Princeton Review ranks Cogswell as the 13th top game design undergrad program in the nation and the top ranked game school in Northern California.

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Press start for a career in game design and development.

Join a massive multiplayer experience as you learn how to program or design video games from the 13th top game design program in the nation.

By working hands-on with multi-department teams in our Game Studio, you will finish the video game design program with a fully realized, professional-grade title in your portfolio.

What makes Cogswell a top video game design school? Classes that simulate an actual game development team coupled with expert mentor instructors that have years of real-world industry experience at video game companies like Electronic Arts and LucasArts.


You’ll get to play video games made by other students in the game design program, testing them for usability and quality. From idle animations to combat to level design and artificial intelligence, you’ll learn each building block of video game design and development, all while using professional tools like Maya, Unity and Unreal Engine.

Cogswell prepares students for real-world jobs: our star-studded game design alumni are working at companies such as Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts and Sony.

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“Cogswell’s level of staff is one of the highest in the Bay Area. My game design classes were taught by some of the best in the industry, and it felt like instructors knew exactly how to guide us for our careers.”

- Alum Bugi Kaigwa, character rigger at Visual Concepts working on the NBA 2K game series


Degree Programs



Collaborate with the best Cogswell has to offer, as you team up with students from other concentrations to bring the creative side of game design and development to life. Choose the Game Art Concentration and learn how to coax out characters’ personalities through their movements and animations, discover what makes great video game levels so immersive, and create stunning environmental art for current-gen console games, mobile games and virtual worlds. Or go with Cogswell’s innovative Game Writing Concentration and join the elite ranks of writers and narrative designers working to push the boundaries of this bold new storytelling frontier. All these game design and development skills will be used to their fullest in a real studio.



Trade the controller for the command prompt as you design and program video games and build the coding lifeblood that fuels every level in the game design engineering concentration. Modify existing game engines before moving on to designing your own, forming the systems that power gaming’s greatest experiences. This includes implanting animation, AI and computer graphics within an engine. You’ll develop a project plan that will get others excited about turning video game design concepts into fleshed-out games with characters, worlds and objectives. You’ll be able to take a role as game design engineer on teams that mirror professional game development teams.

You can find more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information at this link.