DigiPen was founded in 1988 by Mr. Claude Comair as a computer simulation and animation company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As the demand for production work increased, DigiPen faced difficulty finding qualified personnel, and in 1990, it began offering a dedicated training program in 3D computer animation to meet this growing need.
Course curriculum at DigiPen is cumulative. The knowledge taught during the first-year of the program will remain vital and pertinent throughout a student's academic career.
Although DigiPen students will gain practice and — in some cases — proficiency with industry tools and software packages during the course of their studies, the curriculum at DigiPen places a much stronger emphasis on the development of foundational knowledge rather than individual tools or programs. Our goal is to teach the core skills that will allow a student to adapt and thrive using any professional platform after they graduate.
As students approach graduation, there are many opportunities to forge industry connections and make contact with potential employers. In addition to attending industry events like the Game Developers Conference and SIGGRAPH, students and graduates have access to various resources provided by DigiPen's Career Services department including:
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The counseling center is open during Fall and Spring semesters and closed during breaks. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday.
Students are welcome to drop-in, as long as their visits do not conflict with previously scheduled appointments.
DigiPen Housing offers apartment style housing to a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as those enrolled in summer courses at DigiPen or Singaporean students participating in the Overseas Immersion Program. Assignments are based on application deadlines and availability and housing is not guaranteed for all applicants.
DigiPen Housing is a great option for students who are living away from home for the first time. We provide a safe and comfortable living environment for students, offer management services that allow students to focus on their studies, and employ qualified, well-trained staff who enjoy working with students.
The DigiPen Library (also called the Learning Resource Center) aims to support the institute's curriculum, students, and faculty. Students have access to a variety of resources such as books, video games, e-books, DVDs, board games, sound effects, and reference books relevant to their programs of study.
DigiPen does not provide health insurance coverage for domestic students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents).
DigiPen Institute of Technology requires all international students to enroll in a health-and-accident insurance policy before the start of classes. This applies to all international students holding an F-1 visa to attend school in the United States.
DigiPen Institute of Technology’s main campus is located in Redmond, Washington. Tucked away in the meadowy Sammamish Valley and nestled against Willow-Rose Hill, DigiPen’s campus is flanked by small streams that funnel eastward into the valley and converge at the nearby Sammamish River.
DigiPen’s entrances and all of the doors separating departments and classrooms automatically lock upon shutting. Students, faculty, and staff have badges to unlock doors to areas where they are permitted; guests must be escorted throughout the building.
Eastside Gym: Many DigiPen students, faculty, and staff are happy to call this locally owned gym their fitness center of choice. Within walking distance to DigiPen's Redmond campus, Eastside Gym sports enough free weights, machines, and treadmills to get your muscles pumped and blood flowing at any hour.
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