Degrees Offered: B. A., B. S. in Game Design; B. F. A. in Digital Art and Animation; M. F. A. in Digital Arts
Tuition Information: Undergraduate $29,800, graduate $24,800 for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
9931 Willows Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Scope of Program:
DigiPen Institute of Technology (DIT) is a four-year, private college in Redmond, Washington, a global hub for video game development with over 350 interactive media companies nearby. DIT offers a unique approach to education in that students apply directly to one of DIT’s eight undergraduate and two graduate degree programs and start learning the fundamentals of their field from the first day of class. DIT’s curriculum combines rigorous academic courses in foundational subjects with practical, team-based projects where students create their own games, animations, and even computer hardware under real-world conditions.
DIT currently offers two game design programs. The Bachelor of Arts in Game Design is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students to become modern game designers, ready to craft engaging experiences for all types of players. Graduates will be well versed in game design theory (both digital and non-digital), system design, level design, behavior design, and play-testing. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design degree program prepares students to be hybrid engineers/designers who have strong programming and mathematic skills, combined with formal training in game design. Graduates will be skilled in gameplay programming, user interface programming, and artificial intelligence programming, and will be well-versed in game design theory and play-testing.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Digital Art and Animation is a four-year program designed to prepare students to create artwork at the professional level. Rather than simply teaching students how to use current tools and software, the B.F.A. program emphasizes the development of foundational skills that remain relevant and useful regardless of the technology or medium. Students who successfully complete this program will have the skills to produce powerful, affecting imagery in a professional studio environment.
Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts combines foundational coursework in the fine arts with extensive digital production experience to help students develop both their personal skill and artistic voice. Students have the option of enrolling in this program full-time or part-time. M. F. A. candidates complete coursework in figure drawing, art history, digital painting, figure sculpting, character design, digital sculpting, lighting and rendering, character rigging, organic and hard surface modeling and 3D concepts and production. All M.F.A students create a thesis and complete a variety of projects.