WANIC Art & Animation

Program Description:

The DigiPen Academy WANIC Art and Animation course helps students 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.

Exciting career opportunities for digital artists have never been greater, but whether producing art assets for a video game, creating a 2D or 3D animation, or compositing visual effects, today’s artists must have strong traditional skills to be competitive. DigiPen’s Art & Animation track focuses on establishing this foundation, concentrating on both art and animation techniques that strengthen artistic skills. No prior art or animation skills are required as this structured program covers the basics including perspective, color, form, value, design, composition, and timing. Like learning a new language, students gain an understanding of the “grammar” of art and develop a fluency with their digital art skills, they apply critical design process to create the amazing visuals and animation expected by today’s audience.

In this full-year, 3-period Skill Center class (3 high school credits) students will:

  • Practice the nature of drawing with emphasis on perspective and effective use of depth cues to create the illusion of form and space
  • Discover how shape, color, and value work together to create 2D visual artworks
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a production artist in solo and group settings
  • Apply critical animation principles such as timing, spacing, and keyframes
  • Utilize 2D and 3D digital tools and techniques to aid in the art production process
  • Practice the Video Game production process including pitches, design documents, scheduling, milestones, testing, time management, and working on interdisciplinary teams

Two Year Program Available.


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

  • No prior experience required


High School Credits:

  • Year 1 – CTE (1.0), Fine Art (1.0), Art History (1.0)
  • Year 2 – CTE (2.0), AP Art (1.0)

College Credits: DigiPen Credits TBD


Our WANIC 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.

Learn more about our program with these inspiring videos from past students:
WANIC Student Showcase Video:

See what past students have created in our WANIC classes. 




School Year



Program Dates:

September to June


Apply on the WANIC website.
Priority application window
February 6 - April 15, 2024.


DigiPen Institute, Redmond Campus


For schedule, visit the WANIC website.


No tuition costs/fees; funded by the State

Mandatory Info Session:

Attendance to a WANIC Program Info Session is required prior to registering on the WANIC website. See dates below.

WANIC Info Sessions:

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

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

  • 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