DigiPen’s Pre-College Program is designed for high-achieving students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school and are interested in exploring careers in the video game industry.
The program combines college-level coursework in fundamental academic subjects like applied mathematics, computer science, and foundational art with practical production experience in a team environment. Taught by DigiPen faculty level instructors, this extended program provides students with an excellent opportunity to experience what post-secondary education is like. During this month-long college prep technology program, offered at DigiPen’s Redmond, WA, campus, students take on the roles of programmers, designers, artists, music and sound designers, and computer engineers. Students gain invaluable experience as they learn what it takes to be successful professional game or hardware developers while collaborating to bring their creative vision to life.
Students must have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year* of high school in order to enroll in a Pre-College Program.
*High school graduates MUST be within 18 months of their graduation date at the start of the program to be eligible for the Pre-College Program.
All Pre-College Program classes are held at DigiPen's campus in Redmond, WA (9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond WA, 98052).
Game Design students learn about the fundamental principles of game design, the computer science that goes into designing a video game, and the storytelling and character creation skills necessary to bring video games to life.
In the Game Programming track, students learn about computer science, mathematics, and physics, specifically how each of these disciplines relates to video game programming.
By learning the foundational skills of art, animation, and computer graphics, students in this track practice the skills necessary to produce sophisticated digital art for video games.
Students in the Computer Engineering program study the mechanics of how computers work and learn how to use these powerful pieces of technology to their fullest potential.
By focusing on the theory, history, and techniques of music and sound design, students in this program gain an understanding of what elements make a video game's soundtrack and sound effects a compelling experience.
Because the Pre-College Program moves at an accelerated pace, DigiPen limits enrollment in this program to highly motivated students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.
Priority Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Application materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2018. Due to the limited space in DigiPen’s Pre-College Program, admissions is competitive. Submit your required application materials by April 1 and we will waive the non-refundable $50 application fee.
Final Application Deadline: May 15, 2018
DigiPen student housing is limited, and ProjectFUN is unable to provide housing to Pre-College students at this time.
For information about housing accommodations and transportation in the Redmond area, please visit our Lodging and Transportation page.
*No class on July 4th, due to Independence Day.
Tuition includes course materials and daily lunch as well as the $50 non-refundable application fee, and $549 non-refundable deposit.
If admitted, students must submit this deposit within 10 business days of their acceptance notification to secure their place in the program. The remaining balance of $2,100 is due by June 1, 2018.
Additional meals are available for purchase on-campus from the Bits & Bytes Cafe.