Online Workshops

About Online Workshops

Learn about video game programming, art and animation, and game design from home with online courses held in a variety of formats throughout the year. These courses combine rigorous curriculum with hands-on projects to give students valuable experience in video game programming and game art production.

DigiPen Academy’s Online Programs mirror many of the same topics covered at onsite Summer Programs, but are engineered specifically to serve students learning remotely. Students who complete an online course that serves as a prerequisite for another course can take the next course in the series either online or on-site.

Each Online Program is a hybrid class that combines offline independent study with online classroom sessions conducted via, where students interact with their instructor and classmates. Students have access to reference material, schedules, and assignment postings through an interactive distance-learning website.

Technology Requirements

Students must have access to a computer as well as additional hardware and software that meet the technology requirements listed below. Some programs or courses may indicate additional technology requirements, and not all programs are Mac compatible. See individual course descriptions for more information.

  • Windows PC or Mac computer
  • Display with a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 (while not required, a second monitor or screen is helpful to allow the student to more easily follow the instructor and work within the software environment simultaneously.)
  • Headset with microphone strongly recommended
  • Printer that can print from the computer being used for the class
  • Three-button mouse
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Current, major internet browser (Chrome, Firefox)
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Spring Workshops

Spring Online Workshops run through the start of our Summer Programs! These two-week online classes aimed at students aged 11-18 run Monday to Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Spring Workshops

Spring Workshops begin April 13, and April 27th. These two-week online classes aimed at students aged 8-10 run Monday to Friday from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. For this age group we are offering:

This online workshop is for students aged 8-10 years old who would like to explore how programming, game design, art production, and sound design are combined to create engaging video games. You will gain not only a new appreciation for the hard work that went into making your favorite games, but also to create games that you will be able to share with your friends and family!

Summer Online Workshops

Check out our expanded Online Workshop lineup! Visit our 6-10 & 11-18 course listings.

Summer Online Workshops run in one- or two-week sessions, Monday through Friday, depends on the age group. All courses run between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

All Summer 2020 workshops will be run online, including our Pre-College Program (four weeks), Studio programs, and two-week Masterclasses Workshops.  Visit our registration portal to browse them all!


Masterclasses are in collaboration with industry experts. These classes are geared toward anyone (aged 11+) with an interest in the given field and will be held online. Our next one is Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m with Matthew Yan.

There is a $5.00 fee to attend but all proceeds will be donated to Hopelink to help those who may be experiencing food insecurity during the current COVID-19 health crisis.

Technology Requirements

Students must have access to a computer that meets the technology requirements. Some programs or courses may indicate additional requirements, see individual course descriptions for more info.


We provide full and partial need-based scholarships for all of our programs. Scholarship applications are required, and due dates vary depending upon the program.