DigiPen's 90-hour Online Academies for students from grades 8 through 12 are great opportunities for high school students to earn credits as well as learn valuable skills related to computer science or art and animation.
Each 90-hour online course is a hybrid class that takes place over a single semester and uses a combination of online classroom sessions and offline study. Each semester (fall and spring) includes online class meetings of 18 hours via Zoom.us, where students interact with their instructor in real time, as well as 72 hours of studying, reading, homework, and projects, for a total of 90 hours per semester.
Each summer session includes online class meetings of 27 hours via Zoom.us, where students interact with their instructor in real time, as well as 63 hours of studying, reading, homework, and projects for a total of 90 hours per summer session.
Students communicate with their instructor and their classmates through live internet chats during online sessions, as well as through email and message forums. Reference material, schedules, and assignment postings are accessible through an interactive distance-learning website.
Credits are not guaranteed for students. Contact the ProjectFUN Administration for more information.
Formerly “AA0 — Fundamentals of Animation”
This 90-hour Online Academy teaches the basics of animation using both 2D and 3D software to demonstrate the fundamental principles of animation and animation production and relying on traditional art concepts, such as color theory and perspective, to reinforce storytelling and composition. Students will work through the entire process of creating animations, from pre-production to completed animation. Using industry-standard software, students will produce a high volume of art and animation in preparation for a final animation that will incorporate all they have learned. Topics include basic drawing and compositional skills, the 12 principles of animation, 2D and 3D Animation techniques, and the role of art in storytelling, as well as character design and an introduction to 3D character rigging.
This 90-hour Online Academy teaches students how today’s digital games and interactive experiences are created. Students will develop a series of simulations and games that will teach them how to use DigiPen's Zero Engine, a proprietary software development kit (SDK) that facilitates game creation for beginning to advanced programmers. Students will create basic games like Rube Goldberg machines, arcade-style space shooters, and platformers as well as their own original game. This class is designed for students who have not participated in Introduction to 2D Video Game Programming (online or on-site) or Video Game Development Level 1 (online or on-site). Students who complete this course will be prepared to learn how to use the more advanced features of the Zero Engine.
This course is open to students in Grades 8 through 12.
Students must also possess the following basic computer skills.
In addition to the prerequisites listed above, students must have access to a computer that meets the technology requirements listed below. Some programs or courses may indicate additional technology requirements (see individual course descriptions for more info).
90-hour Online Academies are offered during the fall, spring, and summer. Refer to the individual Online Academies' pages for exact dates. See Course Format for more details.
The tuition for this Online Academy is $595 per 90-hour session. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid at the time of registration. The remaining $495 must be paid one week prior to the start of the course.