DigiPen Institute of Technology
|Provost||Xin Li, Ph.D.|
|Colors||Black and Maroon
DigiPen Institute of Technology is a private, for-profit university in Redmond, Washington. DigiPen has campuses in Redmond, Washington, in Singapore, and in Bilbao, Spain. DigiPen offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in Computer Science, Animation, Video Game Development, Game Design, Sound Design, and Computer Engineering.
In 1990, DigiPen began offering its first dedicated educational program in the subject of 3D computer animation through the Vancouver Film School.
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 1996, the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) granted DigiPen the authorization to award degree programs in the United States. DigiPen’s first offered degree program was the Bachelor of Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation.
In 2002, DigiPen received national accreditation from the ACCSC. DigiPen began offering its first Masters program, a Masters of Science in Computer Science. DigiPen graduated its last classes in its Associate programs, and only offered Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.
In 2010, DigiPen relocated its main campus to an independent location, still in Redmond, Washington. DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore joined the public university Singapore Institute of Technology.
In 2015, DigiPen’s Singapore campus moved to the Singapore Polytechnic campus, while Singapore Institute of Technology’s joint campus began development. DigiPen's Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering received ABET accreditation.
Redmond, Washington, United States
DigiPen’s main campus is located in Redmond, Washington on 9931 Willows Road. It offers 8 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate degree programs. It has approximately 1200 full-time students with a faculty-to-student ratio of 1:11 and an average class size of 22. International students make up 13% of the total student population. 24% of students are women. There are approximately 50 student run organizations on campus. King County is the home to a significant number of technology and game development companies.
DigiPen’s Singapore campus is DigiPen’s first international campus since its establishment in the United States. DigiPen opened its Singapore campus in conjunction with Singapore’s Economic Development Board in 2008. DigiPen operates as an Overseas University Affiliate with the public university Singapore Institute of Technology. DigiPen’s Singapore campus offers 5 undergraduate degree programs, including a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) which is not offered in any other campus. DigiPen’s Singapore campus has approximately 900 full-time students.
Zierbena, Greater Bilbao, Spain
International university partnerships
- Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea and DigiPen Institute of Technology have a collaboration where students local to South Korea have the option to spend a program’s first 5 semesters in Daegu, taught by DigiPen Faculty members, and the remaining semesters in Redmond.
- Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand and DigiPen Institute of Technology have a collaboration where students local to Thailand have the option to spend a program’s first 2-4 semesters in Bangkok and the remaining semesters in Redmond.
Primary educational paths
- CS - Standard computer science education with emphasis on high performance programming.
- RTIS – Real Time Interactive Simulation (core game engine architecture and programming)
- GD – Game Design (gameplay architecture, programming and scripting)
- FA – Fine Arts (digital art and animation).
- E – Engineering (computer hardware, and software architecture)
- MSD – Music and Sound Design
- DA – Digital Audio
DigiPen is nationally accredited by the ACCSC. DigiPen's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering are ABET accredited.
- Prasanna Ghali is a Canadian computer scientist and game developer. Ghali was Vice President of Engineering at Nintendo Software Technology Corporation until 2002. Ghali is Chief Technology Officer and Dean of Faculty of DigiPen's Asia Pacific region.
- Charles Duba, Ph.D. is an American physicist. Duba participated in proving the solution to the long-standing Solar neutrino problem at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Charles shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and SNO's director shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Duba is a Vice President and Senior Professor of DigiPen.
- Mark Thomas Henne is an American animation and visual effects artist and computer scientist. Henne was the Technical Director at Pixar, there for close to 18 years. Henne is Program Director of DigiPen's Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts.
- Lawrence Schwedler is an American musician and audio director. Schwedler was the Audio Director of Nintendo Software Technology Corporation where he and Claude Comair were awarded two U.S. patents for Nintendo, one for an interactive music engine and another for a real-time wave table sound generator. Schwedler is the Program Director of Sound Design Programs at DigiPen.
- Ellen Beeman is an American fantasy and science fiction author, television screenwriter and computer game designer/producer. Beeman was ranked in the top 100 most influential women in the game industry by Edge Online (formerly next-gen.biz). Beeman is a Senior Lecturer of Game Software Design and Production at DigiPen.
Research and development
DigiPen Research & Development performs research for The Boeing Company and has received the commendations of Boeing Supplier of the Year Award in Technology in 2008 and Boeing Performance Excellence Award in 2008, 2013, and 2014. DigiPen has a professional relationship with Phantom Works and BR&T.
- The Princeton Review ranked DigiPen No. 3 on its annual list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design,” as well as No. 5 on its list of “Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design” for 2015. Since the Princeton Review began its ranking of Game Design schools in 2010, DigiPen has consistently been ranked as one of the top four undergraduate schools.
- Animation Career Review ranks DigiPen as the 6th best video game university in the United States.
- DigiPen is ranked among the 50 best computer science and engineering schools in America by The Business Insider.
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