Digipen Institute of Technology

I really want to go there but my parents think it is a bad idea. They want me to get a complete education and they do not think that the degrees are certified or something like that. What do you think about this? Is it a good place?? Should I go there?

… That has a whole lot to do with it at first. Do you think peoples opinions here will change their mind?

I’ve read on Gamespy and from a couple other video-gaming industries that programmers and designers who finish Digipen’s regimen usually have a very high success rate of getting hired and working in videogame companies.

I imagine you’d have to have a -very- high passion for video games, though. It’s unlikely to carry as much of a heavy influence in any other fields.

Digipen is authorized to offer degrees by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board They have to meet certain standards to get that authorization.

But that’s not the same as being accredited by the regional accrediting body. In Washington, that would be the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higer Schools. (There are also one or two national accrediting bodies, I think.) I could find no evidence that Digipen is accredited by any accrediting body. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad place, but without accreditation you would probably have a hard time transferring your credits to another school, if you decided to leave Digipen.

BTW my parents would pay for me without any loans if that helps, catbiker.

DigiPen offers a summer workshop you might consider attending to see if what they offer is right for you. Having worked at Nintendo, I can tell you that DigiPen graduates are in extremely high demand, not just at Nintendo, but at licensees such as Activision as well. You can easily make $65K to start, and with the heavy competition from Sony and soon from Microsoft, you could probably demand even more. Even if you don’t stay within the video game industry, the 3D computer animation skills you’ll get there can be beneficial elsewhere.