About Summer Workshops
DigiPen Academy’s Summer Workshops offer exciting learning experiences for students of all ages. 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. Each workshop is more than your average summer camp. By promoting teamwork and personal expression while reinforcing core academic subjects like math, physics, art and writing, students learn valuable lifelong skills in STEM.
Workshop instructors are highly trained individuals, often DigiPen undergraduate and graduate students, with a gift for assessing and addressing individual strengths and needs. All of our workshops include:
- Free freshly made, peanut-free lunch. DigiPen makes fresh bread daily on-site
- Snack breaks
- After-Workshop Activities Monday-Thursday, which include traditional games, video game tournaments, and trivia competitions
- A Final Showcase on the last Friday of each session where students get the chance to show off their projects!
These programs teach young students the basic principles of art and technology as they create their own rudimentary video games, animations, robotics, 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 workshops are sure to inspire!
These programs are exploratory workshops for students aged 10 – 12. These workshops introduce students to topics in video game programming, game design, art and animation, engineering, and music and sound design. These are great for younger students who want to move on to Teen Workshops when they are older.
These programs for students aged 13 – 18 cover a range of video game programming, game design, art and animation, engineering, and music and sound design topics and provide a mixture of classroom instruction in the academic fundamentals of each field. These courses include hands-on team projects where students create their own games, animations, robotic cars, and more while preparing them for a career in the game design industry.
Master Class workshops provide high school students with the rare opportunity to learn directly from a seasoned professional in a fun yet challenging learning environment. Our Master Class instructors are experts in their respective fields who will share their extensive knowledge with students through a two-week, hands-on experience. Subjects include Scoring for Film and Games, The Art and Science of the Modern DJ and Cosplay: Pattern-making.
During this month-long program, students take on the roles of programmers, artists, sound designers and computer engineers 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 fundamental like applied mathematics, computer science, and foundational art with practical production experience in a team environment.