Computer Animation and Game Development

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Welcome to #TeamCAGD!

Hello and welcome to the Computer Animation and Game Development Program!

Since 1999, the Computer Animation and Game Development (CAGD) Program has grown into what it is today and we want to share our story with you! Before exploring this page, we invite you to start your journey with The Origin of CAGD.

After that, feel free to come back to this page and learn about all the great things that our program has to offer. At the end of it all, we hope future students, such as yourself, feel inspired and excited about starting your career with us!

Topics To Explore

The following are all the topics that you can explore on this page. You are welcome to choose your own adventure and navigate at your own pace. Feel free to scroll down to any topic in particular or scroll through it all! All the following topics are listed in order of how they appear on the page.

Why did you choose CAGD?

"I started off as a music performance major and I decided to take "Intro to Computer Graphics" class as an elective. Painting in Photoshop and then eventually animating my first bouncing ball got me hooked. From there I changed my major to Game Development and joined the Computer Graphics Club where I eventually became an officer. Participating in game jams and charity livestreams with the major was an opportunity I wouldn't have had if I were anywhere else on campus. Although our major is challenging, I found that this is exactly what I needed to stay engaged and continue to test my knowledge through my projects."

-Isabella Gentile

Animation Production

Want to learn about Animation Production? You have come to the right place! The following video will give you a little bit of insight into the Animation Production Option of CAGD.

Why did you choose CAGD?

"I was drawn to the program because of how hands-on it was. We are getting real life experience by making our own games and different projects where we apply what we learn in lectures. Becoming a Game Developer has always been my dream as well as going to Chico State. When I first transferred, I couldn't believe that my dream came true. I knew again that CAGD was where I wanted to be when all of my instructors and peers didn't treat me differently just because I am deaf. They welcomed me, always tried to be inclusive, and made sure things were accessible. It's nice to know that others believe in you as much as you believe in yourself."

-Ryan Cabras

Game Development

Interested in Video Game Development? You have come to the right place! The following video will give you a little bit of insight into the Game Development Option of CAGD.

Why did you choose CAGD?

"I have always had a strong urge to create. If I wasn't doodling in my sketchbooks, then I was mostly likely editing my videos (I used to be a huge film nerd). When I came to Chico State, I didn't even start off in this program...I didn't even know it existed. As time went on, I just kept worrying that I wasn't following my creative drive. Once I saw the program, I just knew I had to switch. Now I like to consider myself as a 3D artist who has a strong urge to create beautiful game environments and assets. I've learned so much from this program and switching to it was the best decision I have ever made."

-Vanessa Villegas

Academic Plan for CAGD Students

Want to join CAGD but do not know where to start as far as academics go? Look no further! The following video will give you a little bit of background about the courses that you will be taking if you are part of the CAGD Program.

Follow along with the video below with the Advising Plan Spreadsheet (PDF)!

Why did you choose CAGD?

"When I was in the 8th grade, I realized my dream of becoming someone that makes movies. I realized that I had so many stories in my brain and I wanted to share them with the world. Looking at colleges, I hadn't even considered Chico State until my dad encouraged me to give it a try. I instantly fell in love with the campus and after coming to Choose Chico Day and meeting all the faculty in the CAGD Program, I was pretty much sold. From that day forward, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. CAGD has allowed me to make lifelong friends, develop my skills and be guided by a brilliant bank of professors, as well as travel down roads I would have never gone down without the right push."

-Olivia Yee

Motion Capture

One of the elements that makes the CAGD Program so unique is our in-house Motion Capture Studio! Our very own Frank Pereira is here to tell you a little bit about the Motion Capture portion of our major and show you some examples of things that our students create.

Why did you choose CAGD?

"I chose the CAGD Program for a multitude of reasons. First, it was the only school that I found with a program like it. It was a full major that was recognized by companies as 'doing it right'. Second, I have been around Chico my whole life and have always loved the feel of the school. The third reason that I chose this program was that I wanted to learn something new. I went into this major with zero knowledge of how to use any system to make a game. The only thing I knew was that it was hard work. Now, here I am in the program with the intention of programming for video games. Who would have known?"

-Alex Olah

Student Community

Interested to know how your student can get involved in the CAGD Program and around Chico State? The following video will give you a little insight on how students can get involved throughout their time with us.

Frequently Asked Questions


Thank you!

Thank you for going on this adventure with us!


We invite you to explore our page and look into particular areas that may be of interest. Our team of faculty and staff are proud of the amazing work our students are producing and hope future students like you feel inspired and excited about starting your career with us!  We hope you feel inspired and excited about your career in the computer animation and game development industry! We're proud of the program we've developed and invite you to visit us and tour our beautiful campus.


Stay connected with us on social media. Find us on Facebook @ChicoStateCAGD and Twitter (opens in new window)and Instagram(opens in new window) @ChicoState_CAGD.

We look forward to welcoming you into our community, go #TeamCAGD and go Wildcats!