Pre-College: Game Programming

Today’s video games are highly complex pieces of software that require a deep understanding of computer science, advanced mathematics, and physics.


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:

  • Applied Computer Science for Games (CS) introduces students to the fundamentals of programming, including control flows and basic data types. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these concepts by programming basic games.
  • Applied Math for Games (MAT) covers a number of important math concepts, including linear equations, matrices, vectors, and trigonometry, as well as how they apply to the task of video game programming.
  • Applied Physics for Games (PHY) presents an overview of the fundamental laws that govern the physical world — including kinematics and statics, work and energy, Newtonian dynamics, and momentum — and how to simulate these laws in a virtual world.
  • The Project Lab (L) portion of this track lets students apply the concepts they learn in the classroom to the creation of 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 Programming track of the Pre-College Program must provide proof of completion of Algebra 2.

  • The online application form and a non-refundable $50 application fee.  Application fees can be submitted via check to DigiPen Institute of Technology (9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052) or by phone at 425-629-5007.
  • 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
    •  Applicants to the Game Programming track must have completed Algebra 2 in high school.
  • 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 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. CS CS CS CS MATL
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. MAT PHY MAT PHY PHYL
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
  • CS: Applied Computer Science for Games
  • MAT: Applied Math for Games
  • MATL: Applied Math for Games Lab
  • PHY: Applied Physics for Games
  • PHYL: Applied Physics for Games 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.