DigiPen Institute of Technology

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DigiPen Institute of Technology
DigiPen web logo.png
Established 1988
Type For-Profit
President Claude Comair
Academic staff
Undergraduates 964
Postgraduates 91
Location Redmond, Washington
Campus Suburban
Website digipen.edu

DigiPen Institute of Technology is a for-profit university located in Redmond, Washington.[1] DigiPen has campuses in Redmond, Washington, in Singapore, and near Bilbao, Spain. DigiPen offers bachelor's and master's degree programs.

DigiPen also offers summer programs for students in grades K-12, as well as online courses and year-long high school programs.


  • DigiPen Institute of Technology was founded in 1988 by Claude Comair in Vancouver, B.C., Canada[2] as DigiPen Corporation, a computer simulation and animation company.
  • In 1990, DigiPen began offering a 3D animation program and began collaborating with Nintendo of America to create a post-secondary program for video game programming. With Nintendo's support, DigiPen Applied Computer Graphics School accepted its first class of video game programming students in 1994.
  • In May 1996 the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board granted DigiPen the ability to award Associate and Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degrees in Real-Time Interactive Simulation (R.T.I.S) and Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) Degrees in 3D Computer Animation. This made DigiPen the first university in the world dedicated to computer and video game development.
  • In January 1998, DigiPen relocated the school to Redmond, Washington, U.S.
  • In 1999, the school offered its first AAA in 3D Computer Animation classes.
  • In 2000, DigiPen awarded degrees the first graduating R.T.I.S. class. The intensive R.T.I.S. program, renowned for the highly skilled game programmers that it produces, has since remained DigiPen's flagship program.
  • In 2004, the school added three new programs: the BSc in Computer Engineering, the Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science (Accredited in 2006), and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Art and Animation.
  • In 2008, the BSc in Computer Science and Game Design, and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Game Design programs were added.
  • In 2008, DigiPen opened a branch campus in Singapore.
  • In 2011, the school oprned a campus in Bilbao (Spain), and the Singapore campus was granted accreditation by the ACCSC.
  • In 2012, DigiPen added three new degree programs: the BA in Music and Sound Design, the BSc in Engineering and Sound Design, and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Digital Arts.
  • In 2014, DigiPen added a new degree program: the BSc in Computer Science.


DigiPen has five primary educational paths: RTIS - Real Time Interactive Simulation (core game engine architecture and programming), GD - Game Design (Game play architecture, programming and scripting), E - Engineering (computer hardware, and software architecture), MSD Music and Sound Design, and FA - Fine Arts (digital art and animation).

Currently, DigiPen offers seven undergraduate degree programs. Three, respectively in the arts: BFA (Fine Arts), BAGD (Game Design), BAMSD (Music and Sound Design), and two respectively in computer science: BSGD (Game Design), BSRTIS, and lastly two in Engineering: BSCE (Computer Engineering), and BSESD (Engineering and Sound Design).

DigiPen also offers two Master's Degree programs -- MSCS (Computer Science), and MFA (Fine Arts); Comair plans to add a Ph.D. program as well.


  • The Princeton Review ranked DigiPen the 2nd Best College for Game Design in 2010.[3]


  1. ^ "College Navigator". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ DigiPen: General Information
  3. ^ 8 Highest-Ranked Colleges for Game Design, Feature Story from GamePro

Coordinates: 47°41′20″N 122°09′02″W / 47.688762°N 122.150506°W / 47.688762; -122.150506