DigiPen WANIC Academy

In fall 2010, DigiPen Institute of Technology began offering the DigiPen WANIC Academy Program in partnership with Washington Network of Innovative Careers (WANIC). Currently, the following programs are offered to high school juniors and seniors in the Northeast King County area (east of Seattle):

  • DigiPen Video Game Programming (AP® Computer Science*)
  • DigiPen Animation Academy (AP® Studio Art*)
  • DigiPen Robotics And Future Technology

Program Highlights:

  • Relevant and comprehensive projects-based curriculum
  • Advanced Placement credit available for those in the game programming and animation tracks
  • DigiPen college credit available for those in all tracks
  • Exposure to a college environment where dedicated undergraduate- and graduate-level students are preparing for a career in the digital entertainment industries. 


The Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC) is a regional skills center cooperative of select school districts in Northeast King County. WANIC is established to provide advanced-level career and technical education programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards preparing students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment.

*AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board. It was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Prerequisites and Application

This program is open to students entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2016.

Students must attend an information session at DigiPen. For the Video Game Programming Course, students will also need to arrange to take an entrance exam that assesses math and logic skills.  Algebra 2 is a prerequisite for the Video Game Programming Course.

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Program enrollment is limited. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the DigiPen WANIC Acadmies are held at DigiPen Institute of Technology. Students who apply for a DigiPen WANIC Academy are required to attend an Info Session.

Info Sessions will resume in early 2017.




From fall to spring, the DigiPen WANIC Academy takes place at DigiPen’s Redmond, WA campus (9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052). During the summer, WANIC will take place in a local high school.

WANIC Course List

DigiPen Video Game Programming (AP® Computer Science*)

The DigiPen Video Game Programming track give students an introduction to the art and science behind interactive video game development. Through seven modules of instruction, students learn key art, math, and computer science concepts that are applied to a game project after each module. All courses are taught using C++ and cover a spectrum of basic introductory material.

While developing their games, students also write a short essay defending the methods and reasons they used to complete their project. Within this paper, students need to address industry issues like labor practices, intellectual property rights, publishing contracts, and controversial game content.

Credit Granted

Students who successfully complete a year of study are eligible to receive a College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) math credit depending on the student’s need. Students also receive 2.0 occupational education credits. DigiPen college credit available.

*AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board. It was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

DigiPen Animation Academy (AP® Studio Art*)

The DigiPen Animation Academy provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education in the field of fine art and animation. The program focuses on traditional art skills including basic drawing, composition, line and value, and perspective drawing. Upon learning these skills, students are introduced to essential animation skills like character concept and design, basic keyframe animation, motion studies, and 2D and 3D computer animation.

No previous art experience is required.

Credit Granted

Students who successfully complete a year of study with the program earn 1.0 fine art credit plus 2.0 occupational education credits. DigiPen college credit available.

*AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board. It was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

DigiPen Robotics And Future Technology

Students who join the DigiPen Robotics and Future Technologies  program learn how new technologies like robots, touch tablets, and GPS navigation can be designed, integrated, and crafted into real products for today’s savvy consumers.

This program has a strong emphasis on electronics, embedded computer systems, and programming, making it an ideal preparatory track for those considering a career in the high demand field of computer engineering. In addition, the course delves into the product design concepts and manufacturing processes, with students developing skills in computer-aided designing (CAD), rapid prototyping, and precision measurement. All of this knowledge and skill is then applied to hands-on projects such as building and programming a robotic car to drive autonomously, creating various electronic devices to play music or display images on touch screens, and even writing software for mobile devices.

Credit Granted

Students who successfully complete a year of study in this program earn 3.0 occupational education credits.

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2016

Each WANIC Academy is 540 hours and is offered during the academic school year. Programs begin in September and run through the end of the school year. Classes are taught Mondays through Fridays for 2.5 hours each day. For the 2016–2017 school year, students can choose to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Morning Session (7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
  • Afternoon Session (12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • After School Session (3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)


WANIC Skill Center also offers three-week DigiPen programs during the summer, please refer to WANIC for dates. Students can earn .5 Occupational Education high school credits by attending one of these summer programs. 


There are no registration or tuition fees to participate in WANIC Academies. Class fees range from $50 - $75 and Barrier Reduction Funds are available to those who qualify.

Other College-Level Courses

Other College-Level Courses

The following skill centers offer college-level courses that grant course credit at DigiPen Institute of Technology but not necessarily other colleges. Contact the appropriate skill center or ProjectFUN for more details on specific course options and credit transfer policies.




Tumwater, WA New Market Skills Center Video Game Programming
Puyallup, WA Pierce County Skills Center Video Game Programming
Burien, WA Puget Sound Skills Center Video Game Programming


Each skill center partner location offers DigiPen off-site programs on different dates and at different times of the year. Check with the institution you're interested in for more information.

Tuition rates vary by skills center partner location. For the most up-to-date tuition info, contact the partner location of your choice.

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.