Pre-College Program

All Summer Programs will be online for Summer 2021

Pre-College Program

Students in the Pre-College Program will get a feel for what it’s like to take college courses at DigiPen and learn what it takes to be successful in the game industry or as a hardware developer. During this four-week program (07/06/2020 – 07/31/2020), mornings are dedicated to learning core concepts from our faculty-level instructors, and afternoons are spent in their project lab, where students get to immerse themselves in the roles of programmers, game designers, artists, music and sound designers, and computer engineers.  Sample schedules are displayed below.

Students receive grades for their Pre-College classes, plus a final transcript that can be included in their application to DigiPen.  Any student who successfully completes the Pre-College Program and matriculates to DigiPen Institute of Technology within three years will receive a credit equal to the Pre-College Program tuition to apply toward their first-semester tuition as a freshman.


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. Computer Science students are expected to have successfully completed Algebra 2, and we recommend music students have some experience playing an instrument.


Students from outside the United States are welcome! There are no additional program prerequisites for international students, but please understand that all instruction will happen in English. To register for the Pre-College Program with an international address, please e-mail

Game Design

To be a good game designer, you must understand the fundamental principles of game design, the computer science that goes into designing a video game, the art and animation production process, and the storytelling and character creation skills necessary to bring video games to life.  Having strong knowledge with all technical and creative aspects of the game development process is important in order to create the type of engaging interactive experiences today’s players expect.

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Even with all the amazing advancements in digital art tools, the key to success for production artists is still a strong visual development process and the 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 your Project Lab, students in the art track serve as the game team’s resident artist, developing characters, backgrounds, and other essential components for their game.

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Computer Science

Today’s console, VR, and mobile video games are highly complex pieces of software that run on amazingly powerful computer platforms. Creating software for today’s gamers requires a deep understanding of computer science, computer engineering, advanced mathematics, and physics. During this four week program, you will get to experience what life is like for DigiPen college students who are working to complete their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Music & Sound Design

Audio professionals play an important role on any game production team. Whether composing the musical score that sets a game’s mood or recording the sound effects that give players moment-to-moment gameplay feedback, it’s a job that requires both musical knowledge and technical expertise. During this four week program, you will get to experience what student life is like for DigiPen college students who are studying to become audio professionals through DigiPen’s Bachelor of Music and Sound Design. By focusing on the theory, history, and techniques of music and sound design, students in this program gain an understanding of what elements make a video game’s soundtrack and sound effects a compelling experience.

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Ready To Register?

Are you excited to get a taste of the DigiPen life? We’re waiving the application this year – registration is open to all students who fulfill the prerequisites listed for their prospective program. Click to visit our registration page and view course details.

Housing Policies

Update 4/23/2020: With our cancellation of onsite programs, housing will likewise be canceled for Summer 2020.

For a list of recommended hotels and other housing options, visit our housing policies.