WANIC Programs

Due to COVID-19, our fall programs will remain online. Visit our registration page for details.

DigiPen WANIC Courses

This is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to take advanced classes in computer science, art, or music and sound design and earn Advanced Placement* credit or college credit at DigiPen. In addition to completing a comprehensive projects-based curriculum, students gain exposure to a collegiate environment and have access to opportunities like college mentoring and shadowing.


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 programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards preparing students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment.

Prerequisites & Applications

This program is open to students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in the fall. Students must attend an information session at DigiPen as a requisite to their application with WANIC. For the Video Game Programming courses students will need to show completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 as a prerequisite.


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. WANIC Skills Center also offers three-week DigiPen programs during the summer. Please refer to WANIC for dates and registration information.

Video Game Programming
(AP® Computer Science)

The DigiPen Video Game Programming track gives students an introduction to the art and science behind video game development. Through seven modules of instruction, students learn key art, math, and computer science concepts that are applied to a game project after each module. While developing their games, students also write a short essay defending the methods and reasons used to complete their project, as well as address industry issues like labor practices, intellectual property rights, publishing contracts and controversial game content.

Credit Granted: Students are eligible to receive a College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) math credit and may also receive 2.0 occupational education credits. DigiPen college credit available.

*Younger students are accepted if space is available

Art & Animation
(AP® Studio Art)

The DigiPen Art and Animation course provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education in the field of fine art and animation. The program focuses on traditional art skills including basic drawing, composition, line and value, and perspective drawing. Upon learning these skills, students are introduced to essential animation skills like character concept and design, basic keyframe animation, motion studies, and 2D and 3D computer animation.

Credit Granted: Students who successfully complete a year of study with the program earn 1.0 fine art credit plus 2.0 occupational education credits. DigiPen college credit available.

*Younger students are accepted if space is available

Music & Sound Design

Discover the exciting opportunities of music engineering and sound design. Combine music composition, history, and theory with practical training in studio recording techniques. Apply fundamentals in computer science, mathematics, and physics to sound design principles. Learn what it takes to work within teams in real-world settings to create interactive audio for video games and engaging soundtracks for film.

Credit Granted: Students who successfully complete a year of study with the program earn 1.0 fine art credit plus 2.0 occupational education credits. DigiPen college credit available.

*Younger students are accepted if space is available

Skills Center College-Level Courses

Separate from DigiPen’s campus, but still taught by DigiPen faculty, our partner skills centers offer college-level courses for high school students in their districts.  Course credits may be earned and granted at DigiPen Institute of Technology but not necessarily other colleges. Contact the appropriate skills center for registration information, or DigiPen Academy for more details on specific course options credit transfer policies.  Tuition rates vary by skills center partner location. For the most up-to-date tuition info, contact the partner location of your choice.

New Market Skills Center
Tumwater, WA
Program(s) offered: Video Game Programming, Art & Animation

Pierce County Skills Center
Puyallup, WA
Program(s) offered: Video Game Programming

Puget Sound Skills Center
Burien, WA
Program(s) offered: Video Game Programming

WANIC Skills Center
Redmond, WA
Program(s) offered: Video Game Programming, Art & Animation, Music & Sound Design

Important Dates
Technology Academy Scholarship Applications is now closed. 

Info Sessions RSVP Here

Wednesday, March 10, 2021,  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.*
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.*

All sessions held Online, Zoom links will be emailed the week of the session
*Subject to Cancellation

WANIC Policies & Info

DigPen Institute of Technology offers DigiPen WANIC courses in partnership with Washington Network of Innovative Careers (WANIC). Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend WANIC information sessions. Applicants are expected to attend a session.

For more information email: wanic@digipen.edu


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