DigiPen Institute of Technology

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DigiPen Institute of Technology, located in Redmond, Washington, is a technology college that offers courses and degree programs that focus on computer engineering, computer science, and design art as they relate to video game development.

DigiPen offers students three structured education paths to choose from. These include:

  • Real Time Interactive Simulation (Video Game Programming and Development)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Applied and Fine Arts

In comparison to a standard computer science curriculum offered at most universities, DigiPen’s computer science program starts with a rigorous course in C programming and then quickly advances to object oriented programming with C++. All students in the computer science track are also required to take 3D Graphics and Sockets Networking, as well as 2D Windows GUI.

Students enrolled in the applied/fine arts programs at DigiPen will learn from a computer-oriented perspective. Even though DigiPen’s art programs are designed for aspiring video game programmers and developers, many students enroll in the program for its business-oriented atmosphere and unique curriculum, not because they plan on launching a career in video game development.

DigiPen students enrolled in the Real Time Interactive Simulation (RTIS) program will be instructed in all aspects of video game development including design, programming, and marketing. Though the RTIS curriculum does include a number of liberal arts classes, all required coursework relates directly to game design and development.

DigiPen Institute of Technology now offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Game Design, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. program.

General Information

9931 Willows Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052

General Information: (425) 558-0299
Website: www.digipen.edu
Institution Type: Private for-profit 4-year
Awards Offered: BA/BS degree
MA/MS degree
Campus setting: Suburb: Large
On-campus housing: No
Student Population: 917 (874 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $16,720 $19,200 $19,200 $20,760 +8.13%
Books and Supplies $900 $924 $972 $972 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $17,620 $20,124 $20,172 $21,732 +7.73%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $24,346
In-state Student Fees $160
Out-of-state Tuition $24,346
Out-of-state Student Fees $160

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 105 76%
Grant or scholarship aid 69 50% $281,005 $4,073
• Federal grants 32 23% $113,380 $3,543
• Pell grants 32 23% $101,755 $3,180
• Other federal grants 16 12% $11,625 $727
Local and state government scholarships or grants 15 11% $47,250 $3,150
Institutional scholarships or grants 29 21% $120,375 $4,151
Student loan financial aid 103 75% $1,510,268 $14,663
• Federal student loans 98 71% $1,098,918 $11,213
• Other student loans 36 26% $411,350 $11,426

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 151 3
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 36
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 36
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 110 3
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 3
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 110
Engineering 5
Computer Engineering, General 5
Visual and Performing Arts
Design and Visual Communications, General
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

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