Posts Tagged ‘Digital Arts Engineering’

Creating Over the Top Effects in Your Games

Monday, February 4th, 2013

If you want to learn the secrets behind creating mind-boggling effects in your game, then take a few minutes to read the article that Keith O’Conor wrote for Game Developer Magazine in April 2012. Conor is a Senior Rendering Coder at Radical Entertainment.

Managing particle systems efficiently was a key task in building life-like special effects like dust, smoke and water into Cogswell’s Project X short animated films.

In the piece Conor talks about Radical Entertainment’s particle system composed entirely of a component-based feature set, techniques to reduce memory usage and fragmentation, managing vertex buffer memory demands, fine-tuning rendering performance and much more.

We highly recommend that all Cogswell Digital Art Engineering degree students check this article out. They have also included a snippet of code at the end of the piece.

Special effects as seen in the student animation "The Offering"

Cogswell hosting an Open House, December 11!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

It’s that time again!  Cogswell College is having an Open House on December 11, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  If you are looking to have a career in the digital arts, engineering, or entrepreneurship, come check out what Cogswell has to offer firsthand.  Admissions Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you have and to help you out with the admissions process.  Tours will be provided for those who haven’t visited the campus before, as well as workshops about our different programs:  Digital Art and AnimationDigital Audio Technology, Digital Arts EngineeringSoftware Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation (which had its own exclusive Entrepreneurs Workshop in November in conjunction with the Entrepreneurship Launch Competition.)

Also, do you listen to Pandora?  Yes? If so, have you seen or heard us?  Here’s a screen shot provided from a Cogswell student who happened to be listening:

Keep your eyes and ears open the next time you’re listening to your custom station!

-Rachel

Ready for Fusion?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Although it is taking place next semester, now is the time for Cogswellians to prepare for the annual student-produced FUSION AWARDS!  This isn’t just any award show.  This is a chance for students to put their work up against that of their peers, and gauge their skills.  Categories span from traditional art in 2D and sculpture to student produced PC games and audio production and composition.  The contest of sorts is open to all levels of undergraduates, so freshman should be prepared to bring out their best and compare with the upperclassmen.  Although, with fellow student voting, as well as faculty, sometimes the junior or senior doesn’t always win.  With that said, I would like to emphasize that everyone has a chance and getting a coveted dragon egg to display upon their mantle.

The event is sponsored by Cogswell’s Associated Student Body (ASB), and is organized by a student committee comprised of members of the ASB’s Executive Board.  This special committee collects work, sets up the voting system, counts votes, and promotes and produces the award ceremony.

Important dates to keep in mind:

-2011 Fusion Awards submission period begins January 28, 2011

-Voting takes place February 7-11, 2011

-2011 Fusion Awards Ceremony takes place on February 25, 2011

Since submissions begin shortly after the return from winter break, Cogswell students are urged to start thinking about what they will be submitting now so they have the break to finesse their entries.  This is one of the biggest events of the year!  It will definitely be a treat to see what all of these creative minds have been working on.

The insiders tell all… a mini-series of blogs

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Cogswell students are an exceptional bunch.  Each one coming from a unique background and collecting at this institution of art, engineering, and innovation.  I have chosen to give these movers and shakers a voice in the online Cogswell community, because I believe they can give you an insight into Cogswell Polytechnical College that no admissions representative, faculty member, or staff member is capable of telling.

Cogswell students are passionate, and I hope that this will come across in the interviews soon to follow.  Each week, one member of the Cogswell student body will be showcased in a Q&A session hosted by me.  Hard hitting questions will be the main event, as I explore and reveal the many psyches that make up the eclectic student body.  Each interview is going to allow readers into the student scene of Cogswell, giving a different perspective and spin on the Cogswell experience for those curious about the student culture here at Cogswell Polytechnical College.

The blog series is comprised of students from all programs: Digital Art and Animation, Digital Arts Engineering, Digital Audio Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering.  For whatever your interest, check back weekly to see if the student exposé matches what degree you may be interested in!

Engineering Degree Overview

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Engineering

Engineers address the needs and problems of society with a blend of science, technology, and art. The Engineering programs at Cogswell Polytechnical College are part of an educational system that promotes true “integration” among curricula, teaching and learning approaches, and faculty. Integration is at both the vertical level among the engineering programs and at the horizontal level among the engineering and digital art programs.

Students:

  • Get hands-on experience working with faculty in small groups
  • Benefit from an educational environment that focus on learning, blends theory and practice, and integrates engineering and digital art
  • Graduate and become successful alumni pursuing rewarding careers

Innovation is key in the industries for which we prepare our students. Students can pursue any of the following programs:

~ Hadi Aggoune, Director of the Engineering Program