Pre-College Art & Animation for Games

Program Description:

With all the incredible advancements in digital art tools, the key to success for production artists is still a solid visual development process and foundational art skills to execute that process. This track prepares students for the rich and rewarding experience of being a production artist for video games, animation, and more. Within the Game Project Lab, students in the art track serve as the game team’s resident artist by developing characters, backgrounds and other essential components for their game.

During this four-week-long program, students get to experience what life is like for DigiPen college students who are working to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation. Students in this track take three (3) core academic classes plus the Game Project Lab that involves students from all of the Pre-College tracks working together to complete a game.


  • ART: Art Foundations
  • ANI: Animation Techniques (with Lab)
  • CG: Computer Graphics Tools (with Lab)
  • GAM: Game Project Lab

Technical Requirements:

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.

Additional Technical Requirements:

  • Drawing Tablet or iPad with Procreate for use when digital painting


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.

Additional Prerequisites:

  • No other prior experience required


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.







Program Dates:

July 8th to August 2nd, 2024


Currently Open




Four consecutive weeks in July & August

Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST



How to Register:

Visit our registration portal and follow the prompts to provide all details and payment.

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