Posts Tagged ‘Digital Art and Animation’

Entrepreneurship workshop slated for November 20th!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Calling all entrepreneurs of tomorrow!  Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to make your ideas come to life? Are you an innovator?  Cogswell Polytechnical College is holding its first Entrepreneurs Workshop on Saturday November 20th!  We’re looking for high school seniors who want to share their fresh ideas and and make them happen.  Scheduled to take place are team-oriented activities including market simulations, product design simulations,  and a digital scavenger hunt.  During the workshop there will be a panel of successful entrepreneurs ready to reveal their experiences in their own start-up companies, so bring in your questions for success!  Parents are welcome, and lunch will be provided, as well as an opportunity to win prizes with our raffle.

Trish Costello, Director of our Entrepreneurship Program, will also be on hand, facilitating the day’s events and as a resource for info regarding the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.  The workshop launches an Entrepreneurship competition, where teams of up to four can win the grand prize of a full scholarship to Cogswell!  Admissions information will also be available, and representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

In addition to the great entrepreneurship opportunity, Cogswell will be hosting an industry talk with Patricia Kallusch, Development Director at Electronic Arts, and Sergio Sykes, a Technical Artist at Massive Black.  The two will speak on their experiences in the game and animation industries.  This is a great networking opportunity to begin ties, or expand on the ones you already have in the game and animation industries!  The event will be held in the Dragon’s Den, November 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Dinner will be served during the event.  All Cogswell students are encouraged to attend, as many of the programs offered overlap, and the more connections you make, the better.


The Digital Art & Animation Degree – Spotlight on Animation

Monday, January 4th, 2010

MacGuffinDemand for computer artists in communications and entertainment industries continues to grow. Career opportunities in content creation are exploding in entertainment production, animation, modeling, interactive application design, user interface design, product design, game development, audio and video editing, web design, industrial visualization, and a myriad of other visual communications areas.

Cogswell Polytechnical College offers WASC accredited bachelor degrees that prepare students for the fast paced, creative technologies industries.

At Cogswell, the Digital Arts Department coursework spans many multi-disciplinary activities. It includes traditional drawing, illustration, sculpture, graphic design, 3D modeling, animation, video, sound design, story development, storyboarding, storytelling, and media integration. The programs offer technical and applied courses utilized by companies embracing integrated media and are structured to allow students to refine their work and skills in a focused area of interest. Digital Arts and Animation project classes provide many opportunities for collaborations with other programs at Cogswell, including Digital Audio Technology and Digital Arts Engineering. The Portfolio classes provide a format for bringing together all of the elements of the concept to delivery pipeline as students collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to complete real world projects.

3D Animation

The animation program encompasses character, non-character and experimental animation. Character animation fuses acting, performance and the principles of movement to create believable, genuine, emotive characters. Character design, story structure and strong animation fundamentals are used by students to create a short, animated film project in their senior year. Fundamentals and the development of the “craft” of animation are stressed. Students may produce animations fusing both traditional and computer techniques. Non-character animation focuses on visual effects, abstract animation or the motion of inanimate objects. Students are encouraged to combine media to produce original, creative work and content.

Digital Arts and Animation Curriculum – 123 Credits


Ambassador Blog by Julia Campbell, Digital Art & Animation

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

juliaHi! I’m Julia Campbell and I’m a senior in the Digital Art and Animation program, with an Entertainment Design concentration. I’m also one of the Cogswell ambassadors.

As an ambassador, I get to talk to prospective students and their families and give tours as well as help out at school events. Occasionally the ambassadors get to go along with Admissions staff to talk at schools. We also do a lot of data entry and packet making – all necessary to keep the school and interested prospies (prospectives) up to date.

I applied for the position because I love the school and feel there’s a lot of potential here. My goal is to try to help find students who will strengthen Cogswell as well as benefit from it. I enjoy meeting new people and talking about the college experience with them, and feel I have a different perspective since I already have a degree from a liberal arts college.

My favorite part is probably meeting the new prospies and getting to hear what they’re interested in – and seeing the portfolios they bring in! – then being able to tell them that their goals are viable and within reach with a college like Cogswell.

I found Cogswell when I was looking through the education section of the forums on I’d been looking for a digital art school for a couple of months but hadn’t seen Cogswell’s name come up before. I found the school website and when I saw that it was just a 15 minute drive south of me I went down the very next day to take a look. Once I had the tour and saw some of the work on the walls I knew it was where I wanted to be.


Ambassador Blog by Julia Campbell, Digital Art & Animation

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


Hi! I’m Julia Campbell and I’m a senior in the Digital Art and Animation program, with an Entertainment Design concentration. My favorite class this semester is honestly probably Creative Writing. I haven’t taken a humanities class since my undergraduate experience at Scripps College, and I’d forgotten how much fun they can be. Richard Schimf is also an excellent teacher and keeps the class interesting. My most challenging class this semester is Acting. I’ve always been terrified of physical performance in front of people, and taking the class is really forcing me to break out of that and get over my fears. It’s also interesting to see how a script can be performed in a variety of different ways for a variety of meanings, and I can see how it must help Animators to really understand those nuances.

What event am I most looking forward to this semester? Ooooh, well for a while it was definitely the jaunt out to see Where the Wild Things Are with the Associated Student Body. Now that that’s over, I’d probably have to say the next thing I’m looking forward to is the release of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog! I guess that will come out once school is finished, but I’ll probably still see it with classmates. I’m also excited about the Halloween party Cogswell will be hosting. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I love all of the extra events and fun that come with it!