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DEPARTMENT OF

Game Design & Development

B.A. in Game Design Art  |  B.S. in Game Design Engineering

Break into the video game industry with theoretical, technical and business knowledge gained at one of The Princeton Review’s Top 25 Schools for Game Design.

As the video game industry continuously grows, employers are zeroed in on students who understand both the creative and technical sides of the industry. Nowhere is Cogswell's unique ability to combine specializations better demonstrated than in our Game Design & Development Department. It's one reason we've ranked No. 13 in the nation by The Princeton Review. This department offers two degrees in distinct areas of game design and development. The Bachelor of Art in Game Design Art is for those primarily interested in the creative side of game development and the Bachelor of Science in Game Design Engineering for those interested in focusing on technical development of games. All of our students get hands-on experience working collaboratively in classes that simulate an actual game development team.

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The only thing more fun than playing games is making them. All it takes is some time, a willingness to learn and a passion to create. 

-Ricardo Kayanan, Department Director

Hands-on projects and access to faculty with deep industry experience provide our students with an array of valuable skills, whether they are interested in becoming a game designer, artist, writer or programmer.

-Evan Skolnick, GDD Instructor

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.

- Cogswell Alum, Bugi Kaigwa, Character Rigger, 2K Games

Top Ranked in North America

Since 2016, The Princeton Review has included Cogswell on its annual ranking list for the best undergraduate programs for students to study—and launch a career in—game design.
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Degree Programs

Bachelor of Art in
Game Design Art

With two areas of concentration—art and writing—the Game Design Art program is your launchpad for a career in the creative side of game design. Focusing on environments, characters, story and more, you'll learn how to create the elements that breathe life into the gameplay experience.

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Bachelor of Science in
Game Design Engineering

The B.S. in Game Design Engineering program introduces students to development and design processes that prepare them for employment in a number of computing fields. You’ll learn each building block of video game development, as well as the tools and concepts employers are looking for.

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Companies Where our Game Design & Development Alumni Work

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When you’re ready to apply or just want more information about getting started, visit our Admissions section. Or give us a call at 800.264.7955. We'll be happy to help you find details on application requirements, tuition and navigating the financial aid process.


You can find more information about our graduation rates,
the median debt of students who completed the program,
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