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Cogswell College Creates BA Degree for Entrepreneurs in Digital Media

July 9th, 2010 4 Comments » Filed under Acknowledgement

Cogswell Polytechnical College, in a nod to the importance of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, the US and the world, is offering what may be the first targeted and intensive program to create and launch entrepreneurs in the digital media field.

Cogswell’s new undergraduate Bachelor of Arts program in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (, with an optional specialty in digital media, meets the needs of those who want to lead in the business of video games, film, animation, sound or other areas of digital entertainment. Courses begin in the Fall 2010 term pending final WASC ( approvals.

“The Digital media industries are among the fastest growing in the world and are a veritable hotbed of entrepreneurship. Almost all of the companies, both large and small, in these industries were created by entrepreneurs a relatively short time ago,” said Dr. Chester Haskell, Cogswell President. “Our graduates have made major contributions and continue to find or create outstanding opportunities in these exciting fields. Cogswell is ideally positioned to help educate new generations of entrepreneurs who will be the ones to take the digital media industries into the future.”

Meshing the digital arts and entrepreneurship provides Northern California students a unique opportunity. The program focuses on creating an immersive, hands-on educational environment that offers students an inter-disciplinary and collaborative approach to creating new ventures.

“Students in our Entrepreneurship & Digital Arts bachelors degree program will be prepared to create opportunities, even their own ventures, in an area that they love – video games, iPhone apps, digital music and animated films,” said program Founder, Trish Costello. “Isn’t this a dream we all share – creating successful opportunities in an area of our personal passion.”

Although new to the Bay Area, Costello is globally recognized in entrepreneurship education having created and led the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program in venture capital for twelve years. “Cogswell’s entrepreneurship program will be ‘best in class,’ with students creating digital studio ventures their first year, participating in digital internships, creating entrepreneurship forums and embarking on their own innovations and ventures in a Cogswell Digital Media Incubator.”

Cogswell also looks to launch an on-line BA program to meet the needs of its students as well as various post-graduate certificate programs and a Masters Degree to prepare all audiences for business opportunities in digital media. All are pending WASC approval.

“As the way we communicate and relate changes, some jobs go away and new ones are formed,” said Professor Michael Martin, Dean of the College. “We’re glad to be in the forefront of creating new opportunities for our students.”

To apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program go to Cogswell’s webpage ( The College will waive application fees for the first year. Join our Facebook ( page to get the latest updates.

About Cogswell Polytechnical College

Located in Silicon Valley, Cogswell offers bachelor degree programs in Digital Art and Animation (with majors in Game Development, Animation, Entertainment Design and 3D Modeling,, Digital Audio Technology (with majors in Audio Production, Audio Engineering and Sound Work, and Engineering (Digital Arts, Computer and Software, As one of the Bay Area’s premier colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates the industry environment – a collaborative, project-based, learning environment that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the delivery pipeline.


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Bonnie Phelps, 408-541-0100 ext. 145
Dean of Institutional Advancement

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