We help students discover new passions, talents and careers

For more than 20 years, DigiPen Academy has been delivering leading-edge, STEAM-based programs to students in public schools, summer camps and workshops across North America. The Academy is a place where students can learn, create, experiment and explore, as they discover new passions, talents and careers.

We offer year-long Skill Center and Pre-College Summer Programs that prepare students to study for degrees in fields such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Game Design and Development, Digital Art and Animation, and Music and Sound Design. Students discover the essential role core academic subjects such as math, physics, writing, and art play in the creation of their favorite entertainment media, and learn the technical and creative skills required for study and work in digital media or data analysis.

The DigiPen Difference

Students and parents choose DigiPen Academy for a variety of reasons: our leading-edge programs, opportunities to earn college credits, the emphasis on team projects and applied learning, and our experienced faculty.

We are aligned with one of the world’s top video game design schools

DigiPen Academy is aligned with DigiPen Institute of Technology (DIT) – one of the Top 5 Video Game Design Schools in the world (as ranked by the Princeton Review every year since 2009).

Our teaching facilities are located on the grounds of the DIT campus in the tech hub of Redmond, Washington, and we develop our curriculum in consultation with their faculty, based on the degree pathways they offer, and current industry demand and standards. DIT has relationships with major tech companies like Microsoft and Nintendo that directly inform our curriculum design. Our students are even able to earn college credits at DIT while they are in our high school programs.

DIT was the first school in the world to offer a Bachelor’s degree in Video Game Development and, over the years, students from its three campuses (DIT has international campuses in Spain and Singapore) have won more than 278 awards for game projects and academic papers, while its alumni have helped ship more than 2,000 commercial game titles, including some of the most popular video games of all time!

We teach students the skills they need to succeed in industry

Our programs are designed to teach high school students the skills, approach and work ethic they need to succeed in college and beyond. Students who learned to code, draw and design with us have gone on to build successful careers at some of the world’s leading tech companies, game studios, and startups.

Through training on cutting-edge technology, hands-on projects, and interdisciplinary teamwork in a studio environment, the concepts we teach in the classroom are connected to the real-world challenges students will face.

By working on project teams consisting of a range of specialities, students gain an understanding of the field as a whole, the role they and other specialists play, and how projects are developed in real life. Our programs are intentionally designed to reflect industry standards and practices: small teams with different backgrounds and skills collaborate to apply their knowledge, overcome challenges, and build amazing things together.

We create bold problem-solvers, strategic thinkers, and nimble creators

Beyond the technical knowledge and skills that students need, we also teach them the entrepreneurial mindset that will help them thrive in a demanding industry – and the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that will serve them throughout life.

Our students learn to:

  • Think critically
  • Develop strategies and solutions
  • Work as a team across disciplines
  • Communicate clearly
  • Perform research

Students can earn college credits through our high school programs

DigiPen Academy offers an accredited curriculum with the opportunity for students to earn Advanced Placement (AP) credits, or college credit at DigiPen Institute of Technology, while they are in high school.

We focus on teaching the knowledge base and developing the project portfolios that will help students with their college applications.

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Our expert instructors tailor their teaching to each student

At DigiPen Academy, we take a student-centered approach to education that focuses on each student’s growth, goals and gifts. We meet each student where they’re at, helping them to discover new talents and interests, and assigning them projects that build their confidence, while developing their creative and technical skills.

Each of our instructors is up-to-date on current industry best practices, which means that while our courses may be grounded in theory, our students graduate with “real world” skills.

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