Immersive, collaborative and designed to unlock your creativity—for over 130 years Cogswell has been helping people turn their passion into their professions. Today, it’s your turn. Explore our program offerings to help you develop the skills you need for the job you’ll love.
Pairing business, technology and creativity, our students come to the heart of Silicon Valley to deepen and grow their passions. The result? A skilled and dynamic community with a social life that is surprisingly robust.
As the video game industry continuously grows, employers are zeroed in on game design and development degree program students who understand both the creative and technical sides of the industry. Nowhere is University of Silicon Valley's unique ability to combine specializations better demonstrated than in our school's Game Design & Development Department. It's one reason we've ranked No. 13 in the nation by The Princeton Review. This department offers two university 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 game design and development program 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
USV’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.
- USV Alum, Bugi Kaigwa, Character Rigger, 2K Games
With two areas of degree program concentration—art and writing—the Game Design Art degree 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.
The B.S. in Game Design Engineering degree program introduces University of Silicon Valley 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.
University of Silicon Valley graduates in Game Design Art and Game Design Engineering will be able to:
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