Pre-College: Game Art

The key to success for today’s production artists is a combination of a strong visual development process, foundational art skills, and the ability to use digital art tools to produce their creations.


Students must have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year* of high school in order to enroll in a Pre-College Program. See Admissions Information for more details about the additional application requirements for this course.

*Students 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). 

Program Details


Students in this track take the following courses:

  • Art Foundation (ART) explores the nature of drawing as a medium of communication, with a special emphasis on the use of tone, color, and composition.
  • Animation Techniques (ANI) introduces students to the principles of animation through a variety of non-digital animation techniques, including how to create convincing movement through effective timing, spacing, and acting.
  • Computer Graphics Tools (CG) presents an overview of the industry-standard software and practices of 2D raster graphics and 3D animation, including computer graphics theory, interface organization, and relevant software workflow.
  • The Project Lab (L) portion of this track lets students apply the concepts they learn in the classroom to hands-on projects. This course culminates in a final collaborative game project.

Admissions Information

In addition to the other application materials, students applying to the Game Art Production track of the Pre-College Program must submit an art portfolio containing five samples of original artwork. See the list of application materials below for additional details. 

  • The application form and a non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • An official high school transcript that includes a list of all completed courses and grades earned. Please "Attn: ProjectFUN" on all materials mailed to DigiPen to avoid a delay in us receiving your materials. This can also be emailed to by a school official
  • A Statement of Purpose that discusses your reasons for applying to the Pre-College Program and how these reasons relate to your personal, educational, and/or professional goals.
    • Formatting Guidelines: Electronic submissions must include the applicant’s name and the program to which he or she is applying at the top of each page, and the date of submission on the last page. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than two pages. Please upload as a pdf. or word doc. within the online application form.
  • An art portfolio containing five samples of original artwork (Game Art Production applicants only). Students should make these drawings directly from live observation (rather than from their imagination or from two-dimensional references such as photographs or other artists’ work), preferably of people and animals. Each drawing should clearly communicate the three-dimensional form of the subject, with an emphasis on representational accuracy rather than cartooning or heavy stylization. Submission guidelines:
    • Scan your drawings and save them as either JPEG or PNG files.
    • Label your artwork with the date of completion and the medium used.
    • Submit your portfolio via the electronic application form.
  • An optional letter of recommendation from a teacher in the student’s subject area of interest. Letters of recommendation from family members or friends will not be considered.
Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2018

The Pre-College Program meets every Monday through Friday from June 25 to July 20, 2017. 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ART ART ART ART ANIL
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ANI CG ANI CG CGL
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Project Lab Project Lab Project Lab Project Lab Project Lab
  • ART: Art Foundation
  • ANI: Animation Techniques
  • ANIL: Animation Techniques Lab
  • CG: Computer Graphics Tools
  • CGL: Computer Graphics Tools Lab

Times and courses subject to change.


$2,699 per four-week session, including a $50 non-refundable application fee. If admitted, students must submit a $549 non-refundable deposit within 10 business days of the date they are notified to secure their place in the program. The remaining balance of $2,100 is due by June 1, 2018.

Course materials are provided to students at no additional cost.

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.