The Teen Summer Workshop Experience: So Much to Explore

It’s more than just a long break from school and extracurricular activities; it’s a period of time that you can fill with seemingly endless possibilities. You can choose to participate in different hobbies, do some travelling, hang out with some friends, or take some time to relax before school starts back up again in the fall. One excellent way to spend your summer vacation, that can even combine some of the above options, is by taking one or more of our fun and engaging summer workshops! From art and animation classes to programming classes, we have so many enjoyable and enriching workshops for you to choose from that the hardest part might just be selecting your favorite!  

DigiPen Teen Summer Robotics Camp

ProjectFUN Summer Workshops with DigiPen Academy are a great way to try something new and pursue an interest, or to develop a skill you already have, all in an environment that’s supportive and engaging.  You could discover a lifelong hobby or even a future career!   

Plus, do you ever wish you could meet other kids who shared in your love of manga, intensity for cosplay, or your devotion to video games? This will be the perfect place to meet like-minded friends. Who knows? Maybe you meet the people with whom you create your best-ever D&D campaign, or first VR game, or full-length comic book! 

Teen Cosplay Camp

Teen Summer Workshops

If you’re entering grades 8 through 12 and are starting out or branching out, you may want to start with our flagship workshops: Video Game Programming, Video Game Development, Robotics, Art and Animation, and Music and Sound Design.  If you already have a passion and experience within a topic, delve deeper into it and build up your skill base by signing up for a workshop like Mobile App Development*, Building VR*, 3D Modeling, Cosplay, 3D Design and Fabrication, and Sound Recording and Performance.  

Sound & Design Camp

MasterClass Workshops

MasterClass workshops, for grades 10 through 12, give you the exciting opportunity to learn directly from a seasoned professional.  This summer, we have two options- both for those musically-inclined, but neither requiring prior experience!  Scoring for Film and Games brings a professional composer in to guide you in crafting your own musical composition to set to a short game or video, played by a professional musician.  For those more inclined towards electronic music, The Art and Science of the Modern DJ may be more to your taste.  We’ll supply the turn tables, instructions, and music, and you create the next modern mix.  

We are also pleased to offer ProjectFUN programming workshops for both Teens and Juniors in an optional Girls Only format.  We want all students to have the opportunity to learn in the best environment and to encourage girls to explore this subject where we typically see a large gender gap. While some of the presentation of curriculum and projects may be different, the learning objectives and course outcomes are the same as the co-ed equivalent.  Did you know that the percentage of female CS majors have been decreasing since the ‘80s? We want to do our part to change that trend!  

No matter which workshop your goals take you to, our students learn the fundamentals of each field through team and solo projects where you apply what you learn by creating your own games, animations, robotics, and more. 

Art & Animation Workshop

Think you might be ready for something more academically-inclined? The Pre-College Program is for rising high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates looking for a challenging experience, especially if you’re thinking of attending DigiPen Institute of Technology!  

Pre-College Program

In the Pre-College Program application, students indicate which path they’re interested in; programming, game design, art, music and sound, or computer engineering.  Attendees spend a month with us, taking topical college-level coursework in the morning and spending afternoons with a multidisciplinary game team or building an electronic device of your own imagining. Under the encouraging guidance of our faculty-level instructors, you will learn, create, and collaborate. Bring your creative visions to life as you learn what it takes to be successful game or hardware developers!  

More than another workshop, the Pre-College Program gives students a transcript upon completion, which you can elect to provide to the admissions department as part of your collegiate application, and there is an opportunity to earn a tuition credit off of your freshman year, first semester tuition at DigiPen. 

No matter whether your summer goals are to explore new subjects, hone your skills, or begin your path to a career in technological innovation, you’ll learn so much!  We combine classroom concepts and real-world challenges that develop your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities—skills that will serve you long into the future, no matter what you do. 

Make it a summer filled with learning and fun by participating in ProjectFUN. That’s our name for a reason! 

Summer 2019 Sessions

Session 1 workshops runs from June 24th through July 5th. (No workshops on the Fourth of July) 

Session 2 workshops runs from July 8th through July 19th

Session 3 workshops run from July 22nd through August 2nd.  

Session 4 workshops run from August 5th through August 16th

To get registered for a ProjectFUN Workshop, visit . Email your questions to

When you are ready to take your learning and achievement to the next level, the DigiPen Academy is where you start. 

*prerequisite workshop required 

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