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Join Cogswell for Some Twitter Fun Next Week

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Between Monday, June 24, and Monday, July 1, your tweets and retweets can earn you the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

You can either retweet any of the @CogswellCollege tweets or you can tweet you answer to this question: “Which animated character reminds you of yourself and why?” Multiple tweets with different answers are encouraged. Be creative!! Remember – the more tweets or retweets, the better.


  1. Twitter account must be following @CogswellCollege to be eligible
  2. Each Tweet must contain #CogswellCollege to be counted as an entry
  3. Retweets from your followers will count as an additional entry
  4. Only tweets and retweets between midnight on June 23, 2013 and midnight on July 1, 2013 meeting contest criteria will be eligible for contest entry
  5. The more tweets and retweets per account, the more chances that person will have to win
  6. Contest winner will be announced on July 2 at 1:00PM PST

We look forward to seeing what you have to say. Happy Tweeting!!

Welcome back for the Summer Term

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We’re happy to see so many of you back on campus and hope you enjoy the great line-up of classes!

Here are a few “first day of class” shots.

How many of you are taking one of these classes or remember taking these classes?

Portrait Sculpture class with Thomas Applegate

Hip Hop Narrative class with Bret Sweet

C Programming Class with Jerome Solomon

Storyboard Class with Jeff Jackson

Desktop Production Fundamentals with Tony Dias

Introduction to Photography with Karen Keister

Reason Group Meets at Cogswell College

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

If you are a Propellerhead, then you just missed a chance to mingle with and learn from some of the best in the field. On May 4, 23 Reason fans gathered in the Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College to dive more deeply into the features and functionality of Reason 7.

One enthusiast drove all the way up from Los Angeles to meet some of his idols. “I got to meet Peff & EditEd as well as other Reason users from the Bay area,” he said.

More events are sure to follow!

Alan Strahsburg showing off what's new in Propellerhead Reason 7

Ed Bauman showing 'ReCover' work he did for Frederic Riesterer

Kurt Kurasaki from PEEF demoing how to use Rack Extension plugins Directre and Buffre

Relive the Fun from Cogs Con 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Cogs Con 2013 was a day to remember. Congratulations to the Associated Student Body and Cogswell’s Comic Creation Club on an outstanding job. Everything ran smoothly and there was definitely a lot going on.

Thanks to all of the amazing exhibitors who shared their talent and products at Cogs Con 2013. A great big shout out goes to:
Amigurumi Crafts, Michael & Ahnthony Sardi, Halzee Herms & Katie Fortune, Tiger’s Tangibles, Ratgirl Productions, Sugar Clay Cafe, Creepy Town Miniatures, Yobanja, Amelia Davis, Gaz Davis DeWolfe, Ronin Collectibles, Rackage, L. Planas, Jackie Lo, Jasmine Ho, Handy Lee, Simplexity, Cogswell College Game Club and our special guest, Bordin Marsinkul of Hyper Booster Studio!

Watch one of the costume contest videos on Cogswell’s Youtube Channel and then check out the others while you are there.

Joel Slayton Delivers 2013 Cogswell College Commencement Address

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Cogswell College is pleased to announce that Joel Slayton will provide the keynote address at its upcoming Commencement. The ceremony takes place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 11:00am.

Mr. Slayton took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Mr. Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Mr. Slayton has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently, he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Selected as the first recipient of the Pick-Laudati Award by the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Mr. Slayton is considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology. As an artist, his artworks, which engage with a wide range of media technology, including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization, have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. An original member of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT in the mid 1970s, he received a National Endowment for the Arts award for his public art spectacles, and was selected for the Xerox Parc Pair Artists in Residence Program. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network visualization. His published academic papers include “Social Software,” “Entailment Mesh,” “The Re= Purpose of Information” and “The Ontology of Organization as System.”

In addition to his artistic practice, from 1998 to 2007, Mr. Slayton was president and founder of C5 Corporation. C5 is a hybrid form of authorship intersecting research, corporate culture and artistic enterprise. C5 research explores issues of visualization involving large data sets and social networks. Begun in 1996, C5 projects have been featured at SF Camerawork, Museo de Belle Artes, II International Bienale Buenos-Aires, Walker Art Center, Cantor Center for the Arts, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, ASU Center for Creative Inquiry, and AUT in New Zealand. Joel’s robotic tele-present works have been exhibited at the Krannert Museum of Art and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was selected for participation in Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology co-curated by San Jose Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 2011, Mr. Slayton was the keynote speaker at the Creative Cities/Global Economy conference in Tokyo and was invited to participate in the Aspen Institute World Art Summit in Muscat, Oman. He has presented at the Singapore Art Museum and was a keynote speaker at the ACE Conference on Advances in Computing Entertainment Technology in Los Angeles and at the Urban Games and Mobile Computing conference hosted by the Nabi Art Center in Seoul.

Most recently, Mr. Slayton was been invited to present his work involving ZERO1 at the Swissnex in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Institute Artists in Labs exhibition.

Successful Job Fair at Cogswell College

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Welcome to the Job Fair at Cogswell College

A great big thank you goes out to all of the employers, students and alumni who took part in our recent job fair on March 15. This hugely successful event featured 11 employers and drew more than 100 students and alumni to campus to apply for more than 50 positions.

Opportunities included post graduate jobs, part-time summer jobs and internships with employers looking to hire artists, programmers, marketing assistants and retail associates to name a few of the positions available. A good number of the students who completed employment applications at the job fair, have been asked to take the next step and interview for those positions.

From the minute the doors opened at 10AM until they closed at 2PM, students and alumni flocked into the Dragon’s Den, resumes in hand and waited patiently to talk to each of the employers present. In preparation, Nikki Love, Director of Cogswell College’s Career Services, had offered numerous sessions over the last few months on interviewing techniques and resume development to help students be successful at the job fair.

For more information about the next job fair or to advertise a position to Cogswell College students and alumni, please contact Nikki Love at or phone her at 408-498-5102.

Job Fair Art Test for Karmen's Art Shoppes

Waiting in line to talk to Grimm Bros, LLC, representative, Ash Monif

Cogs Con 2013 Coming Soon!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

It’s time to spend some time in Nerd’s Paradise. Join us at Cogswell College on Saturday, April 27, from 10AM to 6PM for Cogs Con 2013 – a celebration of everything that makes our student body special. Visiting artists, alumni and students will fill the Dragon’s Den with their handiwork and considerable talents. Admission Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door.

In addition to the displays of art, games and craft items a host of activities are scheduled throughout the day. Check out the exhibitors already confirmed.

Scheduled Activities Include:

Character Design Panel

Special Guest: Bordin will be hosting a panel on character design, how it’s done and his creative process. Depending on how tired his hands are, he may be able to demo his unique art style.

Magic the Gathering Draft:

Cogswell’s Friday Night Magic club will be hosting a draft tournament of the Gatecrash expansion. The tournament is open to EVERYONE will be Single Round Elimination. The entry fee is only $3.00! The prizes may range from a fat-pack, to half a booster box!

DND Delve:

For those who enjoy table-top gaming we will have an experienced Dungeon Master who will be bringing pre-made characters and a quick delve for anyone interested. There will probably be a limit of 5 players.

C4 Lottery Raffle:

Just like last year, Cogswell Comic Creation Club will be having a huge raffle that will be held near the end of the event. Tickets will be cheap 1 for $1 or 12 for $10! We will have a variety of cool prizes so don’t miss out!

Masquerade Event:

Fan of anime and good at imitating your favorite character? Then take part in the Masquerade Event. Just like last year we will be judging you on creativity and skill. Display the craft of Cosplay well and you may just win some amazing prizes.

Concept Art Demo:

Cogswell Seniors Frankie Perez and Kyle Sewnarain will be hosting a live demo of character and environmental concept art! Watch as the use their knowledge of art and design to create fantastic pieces and talk about what it means to work as a concept artist!

DATE:  Saturday, April 27

TIME:  10AM to 6PM

WHERE: Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Tickets $5 online and $10 at the door

Photos from CogsCon 2012

Welcome Back From Spring Break

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Poor classrooms, they miss the students!

Campus has been sad and lonely the past week. Most of our students – except the intrepid Project X crew and a few other hardy souls – took off for parts unknown last week.

Quiet hallways, no lines at the vending machines in the student lounge, empty classroom and no good-natured banter echoing throughout the campus – it’s downright eerie. We missed our students but we hope you all had a great time!

Enjoy the photos of ‘sad campus’ versus ‘happy campus.’

We're all glad to have the students back!

The Art of Making a College Physics Class Fun

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

So if one object is moving and it hits another object that is stationary, what happens? How can you know in advance what the outcome will be? The answer involves lots of ‘Xs’ and ‘Ys’ and ‘As’ and ‘Bs’ along the horizontal and vertical axis mixed in with a healthy dose of computational analysis.

Students in Cogswell’s “College Physics” class recently spent a lively afternoon loading metal balls into pendulums and launching them into space – or at least as far as the momentum would take them – which was generally over the edge of the counter.

So what does all of this have to do with creating games and animations? One of the glories of these art forms is that things move and are influenced by the world around them. If artists don’t understand the theory of motion and other laws of physics, they are less likely to create realistic scenes in their games and films.

In this exercise students are studying projectile motion and collisions using a ballistic pendulum. First they put the ball inside the bucket and then pull the trigger. This sets the pendulum in motion and sends the ball flying. Next students calculate the results by using measurements that include the height the pendulum swings, the speed of the ball’s trajectory and the speed and arc of the pendulum.

Cogswell specializes in doing hands-on work and this experiment is just one example of the illustrative laboratory work the College uses to cement theory in the minds of its students.

During the semester students learn the fundamentals of mechanics, fluids and heat with a focus on vectors, translation and equilibrium, acceleration, projectile motion, momentum, uniform circular notion, rotation of rigid bodies, simple harmonic motion, thermal expansion and the thermal properties of matter and wave motion.

Not only to students gain valuable knowledge about how objects move and react to stimuli, they have fun in the process.

Cogswell Student Attends San Francisco Writers Conference

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Cogswell College student, Aaron Miner, recently received the 2013 Smokler Scholarship award to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference from February 14-17. Following are his reflections on the first session he attended:


The sun warmed the bright, long room as I seated myself for my first panel at the San Francisco Writing Conference. The conference comprises four days of presentations, workshops, keynotes, consultations and exhibitions for authors, agents, and publishers. I arrived early for this first panel—the one slated to begin at nine in the morning. Its title was: “How to Turn Your Book Into a Movie.”

I introduced myself to the several women who also sat in the front row. Among them was a nonfiction author from out of state, who was writing a memoir about her grandmother. She reacted with curiosity when I mentioned my studies at Cogswell. She expressed an especial concern about how studios might alter the scripts they purchased against their author’s intentions.

As the matter was one I had given much thought, I happily shared what I knew. What I saw as the film industry’s tendency to shoehorn stories into ill-fitting, but marketable, packages was what led me to entrepreneurship in the first place. As a child, my love of books and movies developed into a passion for writing, and later I also developed an interest in animated filmmaking.

Founding my own studio was the plan from the start. I have a strong independent streak, and I balked at the notion of altering my story to make it more saleable to an executive. With my own studio, even if the market demanded a compromise between art and business, I could at least decide the best compromise for myself. When I transferred out of De Anza College’s animation program, I chose Cogswell College over San Jose State because Cogswell taught entrepreneurship alongside digital media.

Though my interests in fiction, filmmaking and entrepreneurship complement one another, I have always struggled with their seemingly disparate natures. At times, they seem like two vocations too many for a single lifespan. The question of how to integrate them into a whole, and avoid burnout, tortured me for a long time.

Soon, our panelist arrived: a producer and manager who works out of Hollywood. Her trade involves adapting novels into television shows and pitching them to the networks. “Everyone is looking for a built-in audience,” she said towards the middle of her talk. There is a market for adaptations, as well as the ubiquitous sequels and prequels, because their renown guarantees a turnout. The expense involved in filmmaking also requires that this be a mass audience. Such expenses have all but eliminated the independent film studios. Our speaker regretted this fact, because she believes that some less popular perspectives deserve a hearing.

The epiphany washed over me like a wave. It was an obvious epiphany, but an epiphany nonetheless. We live at a time where telling a story across multiple media is a matter of course. Novelists want films to promote their novels, and film studios want novels to promote their films. The economics of the old industry demands high budgets and cultivates a tyranny of the mainstream. However, producers, creators and audiences alike find themselves disgruntled by this fact. Furthermore, as the panelist herself mentioned, the development of new distribution methods via the Internet clears the way for a myriad of voices to find their niche. Being an author, filmmaker and entrepreneur in this day and age suddenly seemed appropriate.

As our technology advances, and our culture evolves with it, I expect the boundaries between professions will undergo immense shifts. The media industries in particular will feel the effects. In recounting her tales of shopping series based on her clients’ books, our panelist described a convoluted industry, stuffed with middlemen. Now that any filmmaker can distribute their work with a click and a tweet, we may have no more need of these intermediaries. I look forward to seeing the kind of world that emerges when the dust settles, and the transformation is complete.

The panel ended at fifteen minutes to three. I introduced myself to our speaker afterwards and shook her hand before hurrying off to the next event downstairs. The San Francisco Writer’s Conference was just beginning.

Aaron M. Miner is a writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur attending Cogswell College. In 2012, he founded Studio Kenaz–an independent animation company–and produced a video for Murs and Josh Blaylock, which was featured at that year’s San Diego Comic Con. He is presently revising his first novel, and maintains a blog at