90-Hour Online Academies At a Glance

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

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. 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.

  • Fall/Spring Semester: 18 weeks (1 hour live meeting and 4 hours offline per week)
  • Summer Session: 9 weeks (3 hours live meeting and 7 hours offline per week)

Credit Info

Credits are not guaranteed for students. Contact the ProjectFUN Administration for more information.

  • High-School Credits: 0.5
  • CTE Classification: Exploratory
  • CIP Code (WA): 110103
  • Questions?: Contact projectfun@digipen.edu
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

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).

  • Operating System: Windows 7
  • Pentium 4 CPU or newer, 1.5 GHz or faster
  • Minimum display resolution 1024×768
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers
  • Broadband Internet connection (512 Kbits or higher)—no dialup
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox 3 or newer
  • Plugins: Adobe Reader 9, Adobe Flash Player 10
Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2016-2017

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 by August 31, 2016 for fall and February 1, 2017 for spring.

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