Summer Programs

Registration is closed for 2021 Summer Programs

Registration for Summer 2022 Programs will be open in Spring 2021

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About Summer Programs

DigiPen Academy’s Summer Programs offer exciting learning experiences for students of ages 7-18. Under the encouraging guidance of our talented teaching staff, students learn, create and collaborate on hands-on projects in video game programming, art and animation, game design, engineering, and music and sound design. By promoting teamwork and personal expression while reinforcing core academic subjects like math, physics, art and writing, students learn valuable lifelong skills in STEAM. 

About Studio Programs

Studios are for students with experience in the chosen area of study. These are designed to challenge students on an individual level. Instructors will assess the student and work with the student to come up with a project that they are interested in and that will help them increase their knowledge base in that area of study. Students will work more independently with the guidance of the instructor and resources available to DigiPen.


Program instructors are highly trained individuals, often DigiPen undergraduate and graduate students, with a gift for assessing and addressing individual strengths and needs. 

If you have any questions or need assistance picking out a program, please e-mail or call 425-629-5007.

Below is some general information about our Summer Programs and details about the 2021 offering.

2021 Summer Workshop Sessions

Below is some general information about our Summer Programs and details about the 2021 offering.

Workshops are one or two weeks long, so the learning environment is quick enough to keep kids engaged and long enough to help them develop long-term skills and experiences.

Session 1 – 2 weeks – June 28th through July 9th
NOTE: There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th in observance of July 4th.

Session 2 – 2 weeks – July 12th through July 23rd
Session 3 – 2 weeks – July 26th through August 6th
Session 4 – 1 week – August 9th through August 13th


  • Please check individual course listings for prerequisites.

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.

  • Windows PC or Mac computer with web camera
  • Display with minimum resolution of 1024 x 768. While it is not mandatory, it is recommended to have a second monitor connected to the computer to extend the desktop. This allows the student to more easily follow what the instructor is demonstrating while concurrently being able to see the software environment that the student is working within.
  • Headset with microphone
  • Three-button mouse
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Current, major internet browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari)
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader
  • Printer

These programs teach young students the basic principles of art and technology as they create their own video games, animations and more. Whether your child figures out every trick in a particular video game, expresses creativity through arts and crafts, or just wants to know how things work, these programs are sure to inspire!

Exploring Art Fundamentals
Exploring Digital Game Design
young girl drawing

These workshops introduce students to topics in video game programming, game design, art and animation, engineering, and music and sound design. These workshops introduce students to topics in video game programming, game design, and art and animation.

Junior Programming Fundamentals
Junior Level Design with Roblox
Junior Digital Drawing & Painting
Junior 2D Digital Animation
Junior Digital Game Design
young girl drawing on computer

These programs cover a range of video game programming, game design, art and animation, engineering, and music and sound design topics and provide instruction in the academic fundamentals of each field. These courses include hands-on projects where students create their own games, animations and more while preparing them for college and a career in the game design industry.

Introduction to Game Programming
Introduction to Programming – Girls Only
2D Video Game Development
Digital Drawing & Painting
Manga and Anime Illustration
Digital Animation Production
Dungeon Master Skills and Techniques
Minecraft Modding
Video Game Development Studio
Programming and Software Engineering Studio
Digital Art and Animation Studio
Music and Sound Design Studio
DigiPen Academy Student

During this month-long program, students take on the roles of programmers, artists and sound designers to bring their creative visions to life as they learn what it takes to be successful game/hardware developers. Taught by DigiPen faculty-level instructors, we combine college-level coursework in fundamentals like applied mathematics, computer science, and foundational art with practical production experience in a team environment. This experience gives students a real taste of what it is like to be attending DigiPen college – including the academic courses and the team-based project work that is a signature of DigiPen’s degree programs.

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.

Pre-College Art & Animation
Pre-College Computer Science and Engineering
Pre-College Game Design
Pre-College Music and Sound Design


Masterclasses are in collaboration with industry experts and run for two weeks. Participants must be 13 to 18 when the program starts.

Animation Masterclass with Jazno Francoeur

This masterclass is a unique opportunity for future animators to learn from a former Disney animator about the principles and processes used to create the amazing work seen in today’s video games and films.

Dates: July 12th through July 23rd

Drawing & Painting Nature Masterclass with Kristin Frost

This masterclass will explore the mystery and beauty of the natural world through traditional drawing and painting. Working with fine artist Kristin Frost, students will have the opportunity to delve deep into many elements of nature, including plants, flowers, trees, animals, and landscapes.

Dates: July 26th through August 6th

Film Scoring Masterclass with James Borchers

Composing music for film, animation, and video games calls for a unique mix of art and science. Come explore the creative principles and software techniques used to support a story with music in this masterclass taught by industry veteran and award-winning composer, James Borchers.

Dates: August 2nd through August 13th