Our high school summer workshops introduce students to possible careers

DigiPen Academy offers college-level programs for high school students in 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, and add depth to their college applications.

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.

About WANIC Skill Center

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

WANIC Summer Programs Overview

WANIC Skill Center also offers three-week DigiPen Academy programs during the summer.

Applications closed for Summer 2024. 

Register and view the details of the application process at the WANIC Summer Courses website.

Please contact us at (425) 629-5007 or academy@digipen.edu for more information on WANIC Summer Programs or see our  FAQ page.

More details:

  • The Summer semester is exploratory and introductory.
  • Students must have their own lunch and transportation.
  • There is no tuition for Summer Semester.

Application Window:

  • Application window closed for Summer 2024.


  • Open to students entering 9-12th grade and enrolled in the WANIC consortium: Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview, and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts.
  • Home school and private school students must register with their local public high school. The students ID number provided by your school district is required information at the time of application.
  • No out-of-consortium students will be accepted for Summer Semester. There are no exceptions.
  • Students may not apply for a Summer Semester class they have previously completed.

Registration Process:

  • Apply Online for Summer Semester during the Application Window. WANIC will run lotteries for placement during the Lottery Window (See Summer Timeline)
  • Submitting an application is not a guarantee of enrollment.
  • WANIC will accept only one application per student. If you have a second program choice, please indicate it on the application.
  • For more details, visit WANIC website. 


WANIC summer programs are fast-paced so students can earn a high school semester of credit in only fourteen days.

For more High School Transcript Information, visit WANIC website. 


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.

Please contact us at (425) 629-5007 or academy@digipen.edu for more information on WANIC Summer Programs.







Program Dates:

June 27th, 2024 to July 17th, 2024.
No School July 4th or July 5th.


Apply on the WANIC website.

Applications closed.


DigiPen Institute, Redmond Campus


Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

For more details, see the WANIC website.


No tuition costs/fees; funded by the State

DigiPen WANIC Programs for Summer 2024

Click through to read individual program details.

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The 3-week Summer Program introduces students to techniques and uses of 3D modeling and printing.

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The 3-week Summer Program focuses on building a foundation of traditional arts skills, critical animation principles and techniques.

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The 3-week Summer Program introduces students to writing code for games and data analytics.

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This 3-week Summer Program explores real-world data, mathematical topics and the use of artificial intelligence tools to automate analysis processes.

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This 3-week Summer Program is for students who want to understand the psychology behind games and learn the skills used for designing interactive experiences.

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This 3-week Summer Program focuses on the creative and technical aspects of music and sound design, production, and implementation.

WANIC Student Showcase

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