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):
This program is open to students entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2015.
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.
Program enrollment is limited. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Information sessions for WaNIC/DigiPen programs are held at DigiPen Institute of Technology on the following dates. Each information session is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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 at Lake Washington Technical School.
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.
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.
Students who join the DigiPen Robotics and Future Technologies (DRAFT) 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.
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 2014–2015 school year, students can choose to attend one of the following sessions:
WaNIC Skill Center also offers three-week DigiPen programs during the summer from June 29 - July 17. Students can earn .5 Occupational Education high school credits by attending one of these summer programs. See the WaNIC Summer Skills Academy page for more information.
There are no registration or tuition fees to participate in WaNIC Academies.