Our high school, college-level programs lead to rewarding careers

DigiPen Academy offers college-level programs for high school students during the school year, and an intensive 3-week session during the summer. These rigorous academic programs are designed to give students a head start on their post-secondary studies, add depth to their college applications, and provide them with an opportunity to earn Advanced Placement (AP) credits, or credit at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Most important, students have the opportunity to explore a passion or potential career in-depth through a balance of academic theory and hands-on projects, and by learning the “real life” creative and personal skills that lead to success in the industry. In addition to completing a projects-based curriculum, students gain exposure to a collegiate environment on the Institute campus, and have access to opportunities like college mentoring and shadowing.

DigiPen Academy’s five course tracks are Art & Animation, Data Analytics, Game Design, Video Game Programming, and Music & Sound Design. Our high school academic programs are delivered through school districts affiliated with WANIC Skill Center, and taught at the DigiPen campus in Redmond, Washington.

About WANIC Skill Center Programs

The Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC) is a regional skills center cooperative of select school districts in Northeast King County. WANIC provides advanced-level Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards, which prepare students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment.

WANIC Skill Center programs are delivered through a system of branch campuses in seven participating districts:

  • Bellevue
  • Issaquah
  • Lake Washington
  • Mercer Island
  • Northshore
  • Riverview
  • Snoqualmie Valley

Who can attend WANIC Programs?

  • Students from consortium area high schools, who have not earned a high school diploma.
  • Home-schooled and private school students who are registered with their local WANIC Consortium school district who have not earned a high school diploma.
  • Out-of-consortium high school students may be eligible on a space available basis with a signed shared student agreement. Contact the WANIC office for more information by emailing wanic@lwsd.org or calling 425-739-8400.

Please visit the WANIC website FAQ for more information.

There are five tracks for WANIC Programs:

WANIC Programs Overview

Each WANIC course is 540 hours and run through the entire academic school year, Monday through Friday for 2.5 hours each day. Students can choose morning, afternoon or after-school sessions.

To register for a WANIC program, you must attend an online WANIC information session. If you do not see session dates below, please visit the WANIC website for dates and registration information.

Full Year applications are open early February.

Summer applications are open middle of April.


This program is primarily for students entering their Junior or Senior year of high school in the fall, but younger students are accepted by permission.

Students must attend an information session at DigiPen as a requisite to their application with WANIC.

  • Video Game Programming requires Algebra 2
  • Data Analytics & Visualization requires Algebra 2


For the 2024-2025 school year, WANIC students can earn DigiPen Institute of Technology college credit for Art & Animation Year 1, Music & Sound Design Year 1 and 2, Game Design Year 1, and Video Game Programming Year 1 and 2.

Please visit the WANIC website for more information on credits.


Our 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.




School Year



Program Dates:

September to June


Apply on the WANIC website.
Full year applications for 2024-25 close Monday, July 15.


DigiPen Institute, Redmond Campus


For schedule, visit the WANIC website.


No tuition costs/fees; funded by the State

We offer five program tracks that prepare students for college

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The program focuses on building a strong foundation of traditional arts skills, critical animation principles and techniques.

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This program explores complex real-world data, mathematical topics and the use of artificial intelligence tools to automate analysis processes.

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This program is for creative-minded students who want to understand the psychology behind games and learn the skills used for designing engaging interactive experiences.

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For students who want to pursue a career as a video game developer, this signature program provides a solid foundation.

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This program focuses on the creative and technical aspects of music and sound design, production, and implementation.

WANIC Programs require attendance to an Info Session

All Sessions are Online.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST

Zoom links will be emailed out the week of the session.

WANIC Info Sessions:

  • Monday: January 22nd
  • Wednesday: February 21st
  • Wednesday: March 27th
  • Monday: April 22nd
  • Wednesday: May 15th
  • Monday: June 10th
  • *Wednesday: July 24th
  • *Monday: August 12th

*Subject to Cancellation

Looking for WANIC Summer Programs?

Our three-week programs during the summer are exploratory and introductory.

WANIC Student Showcase

Learn more about our programs with these inspiring stories from past students.