90-Hour Online Academies

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.


  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Hours: 3 hour live meeting and 7 hours offline per week (see Course Format)
  • Tuition: $595
  • Subjects: Game Development, Video Game Programming, Art and Animation


  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Hours: 1 hour live meeting and 4 hours offline per week (see Course Format)
  • Tuition: $595
  • Subjects: Game Development, Video Game Programming, Art and Animation

All workshops run in the Pacific Time Zone.

Course Format

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.

School year programs include 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.

  • Fall/Spring Sessions: 18 weeks (1 hour live meeting and 4 hours offline per week)

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.

  • Summer Session: 9 weeks (3 hours live meeting and 7 hours offline per week)

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.


All class times listed are in Pacific Time.

Fall 2018 Schedule


90- Hour Academy


Fall Schedule

CS0 - Video Game Programming and Production


September 5, 2018 – January 23rd, 2019

Registration Deadline: Monday, August 27th, 2018*

Live Weekly Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

There will be no class November 21st, December 26th, or January 2nd.

 AA0- Animation and Production will be offered spring semester, dates to be posted soon!


*Registrations made after this date may be allowed, but students may experience a delay in receiving materials or log-in credentials.

Credit Info

Our 90-hour Academies are structured so that they may be translated into high school credit. If you plan to take this course for credit, please advise your instructor.

Credit must be approved through the student's school, it is not provided by DigiPen Institute of Technology or DigiPen's ProjectFUN. Credit is not guaranteed for students.

90-Hour Academies

Arts and Animation

AA0 – Animation and Production

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.

Computer Science & Game Design

CS0 – Video Game Programming and Production

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.

Prerequisites and Requirements


This course is open to students in Grades 8 through 12.
Students must also possess the following basic computer skills.

A student must be able to:
  • Zip and unzip files
  • Upload files to class distance learning site
  • Navigate class distance learning site
  • Download software
  • Install software
  • Have administrative access to PC
  • Use Windows operating system running on a PC
  • Read and understand instructions
  • Read a computer screen
  • Have keyboarding skills to type messages in chat
  • Navigate websites
  • Demonstrate interest in subject matter
  • Think logically and sequentially
  • Sit at a computer workstation and use the screen for up to two and a half hours at a time

Technology Requirements

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).


  • Windows PC or Mac computer (not all programs are Mac compatible)
  • Headset with microphone
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Three-button mouse
  • Display with minimum resolution of 1024 x 768



  • One of the following browsers:
    • Google Chrome™
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
    • Mozilla® Firefox®
    • Apple® Safari®
  • Adobe Reader (latest version)
  • Zoom Launcher Plugin


  • Total cost: $595

Tuition includes $100 non-refundable deposit and registration fee.  The remaining $495 must be paid by the registration deadline.

Click here for a list of discounts and information about tax breaks, scholarships, and cancellation/refund policies.

DigiPen's ProjectFUN offers workshops, camps and college prep courses for kids and teens. Technology courses are held in Redmond, WA (near Seattle and Bellevue), and online.