Located in Redmond, Washington, DigiPen Institute of Technology is a for-profit college that specializes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, with a long history in Video Game instruction. With additional campuses in Singapore, and near Bilbao, Spain, DigiPen’s programs are taught through traditional, on-campus instruction, and include degrees in Video Game Development, Video Game Design, Video Game Programming, Art, Animation, Sound Design, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. DigiPen also offers Continuing Education courses for video game and computer professionals.
Originally founded in 1988 and located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, DigiPen was then a computer simulation and animation school, and in 1990 began offering 3D computer animation courses. DigiPen and Nintendo of America established the DigiPen Applied Computer Graphics School in 1990, and in 1994 began accepting students for their 2 year Diploma in the Art and Science of 2D and 3D Video Game Programming. DigiPen Institute of Technology eventually moved to Redmond, Washington, in 1998. DigiPen has accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Under the ProjectFun program, DigiPen offers online classes for junior high and high schools students, that range from 30 hour workshops, to 90 – 180 hour academies. These online classes teach video game development, video game programming, art and animation.
The academic calendar is semester-based, and new students enroll in the Fall. The student body consists of 1,072 students, with 978 Undergraduates and 85 Graduate students. The average class size is 24 students, with a student:teacher ratio of 13:1. 22% of the student body are women, with 12% international students from 50 countries.
DigiPen graduates have worked on commercial games such as Aeon Flux, Batman Begins, Call of Duty, LEGO Starwars: The Video Game, DC Universe Online, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and with professional entertainment and video game production companies such as Nintendo Software Technology, Sony Online Entertainment, Gamelab, DreamWorks Animation, and Ubisoft.