Learn game design, programming, animation or sound design this summer!
DigiPen Academy offers four-week, online summer courses in Art & Animation, Game Design, Video Game Programming, and Music & Sound Design that introduce students to college-level coursework in their chosen field – along with the skills they need to be successful in the game industry.
The coursework is aligned with the curriculum at DigiPen Institute of Technology – one of the world’s Top Five Video Game Design Schools – and at the end of the program, students receive a transcript of their course grades for inclusion in their college application.
During the four-week online course, students learn the fundamentals of their chosen field. Mornings are dedicated to learning core concepts from faculty-level instructors, and afternoons are spent in the project lab, where students immerse themselves in the roles of programmers, game designers, artists, music composers and sound designers.
There are four Pre-College Summer Program tracks:
Pre-College Summer Programs Overview
Coursework consists of three core academic subjects plus a daily project lab. Each morning, students study their academic subjects. In the afternoon, students from all four tracks join in an online project lab where they work together to create a game from start to finish.
Students must have access to a computer as well as additional hardware and software. Some programs or courses may indicate additional technology requirements, and not all programs are Mac compatible.
Refer to the individual courses to view additional technical requirements and information.
- Participants must be at least 16, entering their Junior or Senior year of high school, or have graduated high school within the last 18 months.
- Game Programming students are expected to have successfully completed Algebra 2.
- It is recommended music students have some experience playing an instrument.
Students receive grades for their Pre-College classes, plus a final transcript to include in their college application.
Any student who successfully completes the Pre-College Program and matriculates to DigiPen Institute of Technology within three years will receive a tuition credit equal to the Pre-College Program tuition to apply toward their first-semester tuition as a freshman.
Our Pre-College instructors are outstanding, highly trained and passionate about their respective fields. Instructors impart their years of knowledge and experience to teach and inspire the next generation of innovators.
Students from outside the United States are welcome! There are no additional program prerequisites for international students, but please understand that all instruction will happen in English and between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PST.
July 8th to August 2nd, 2024
Four consecutive weeks in July & August
Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
$2995 to $3195 / program
How to Register:
Visit our registration portal and follow the prompts to provide all details and payment.
Pre-College Summer Programs
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