Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is an important part of your application for admission to DigiPen Institute of Technology. What you write will help the admissions committee glean information about you that is not apparent from your application or transcripts. Please review the instructions below for your program of choice.


Master of Science in Computer Science

Statement of Purpose Instructions

Applicants to the Master of Science program should use the following outline as a guide for writing the statement of purpose:

  1. Introduction
    Introduce yourself and give your general reasons for pursuing graduate study. Because the selection committee members will read many applications, make your statement relevant by revealing your particular talents and individuality.
  2. Qualifications
    The aim of this section is to demonstrate that you have the necessary foundation and qualifications to be successful in the program. You should discuss:
    • Why you chose this field and what motivated you to pursue this field.
    • Your expertise and accomplishments in your major field and any research you have performed. Mention the project and the name of the professor who supervised your work.
    • Your undergraduate studies in mathematics, including calculus, discrete math, linear algebra, and numerical computations and how they relate to what you intend to do in the graduate program.
    • Your specific experiences that demonstrate your competence, motivation, and inspiration for continued study in computer architecture, operating systems, and networking; data structures and algorithm analysis; high-level programming languages (C and C++); computer graphics; and game software design and/or production.
    • Other relevant experiences (e.g., jobs, community activities, leadership in school organizations, awards, and honors). Be sure to include names of people, organizations, and other important details.
    • If necessary, briefly explain any discrepancies on your transcript, which might include a lower GPA in a particular semester or year.
  3. Personal Background
    Tell us about yourself. Describe your family and your community (or a community in which you once lived). You could include whether your family, a family member in particular, or someone in your community influenced your field of interest. Also, you want to give examples of personal attributes or qualities that you know will help you successfully complete graduate study. For example, describe your determination to achieve your goals, your initiative and ability to develop ideas, and your capacity to work through problems independently.
  4. Conclusion
    Describe why you are qualified to enroll in and will be successful in this graduate program.

 


Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts

Statement of Purpose Instructions

Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program should use the following outline as a guide for writing the statement of purpose:

  1. Introduction
    Introduce yourself and give your general reasons for pursuing graduate study. Because the selection committee members will read many applications, make your statement relevant by revealing your particular talents and individuality.
  2. Concentration Area
    Declare your background and potential area of interest at DigiPen. Please identify your Concentration from one of the following: Character Artist, Concept Artist, or Environment Artist. If there isn't a single Concentration that fits accurately, pick the closest one. Your choice will not formally limit the courses you take, but provides a framework for evaluating your portfolio. If you do not identify a single Concentration, we will categorize your work as we see fit for portfolio evaluation. Numerous electives are available to all MFA students outside of these concentrations.
    • Character Artist: Character Artists design characters for digital media, and build them in 3D. Requisite skills include understanding the human form in anatomy, proportion, volume, emotion, and appeal. General skills are evaluated for an understanding of perspective, and the use of color, value, and composition. Elective coursework might include a focus on anatomy, character design, organic modeling and sculpting, rigging, or other topics.
    • Concept Artist: Concept Artists concentrate on 2D illustration skills, visualizing story elements and providing the conceptual look and feel of a project. Requisite skills include a strong sense of composition and lighting, perspective, visual narrative, and clarity of form. Advanced artists will exhibit a fluent range in visual style. Elective coursework might include conceptual illustration, painting, storyboarding, lighting, or other topics.
    • Environment Artist: Environment Artists design environmental spaces for digital media, and build them in 3D. Requisite skills include architectural or environment design, perspective, composition, and clarity of form. Advanced artists will exhibit rendering skills in common with Concept Artists. Elective coursework might include conceptual illustration, hard surface modeling, lighting, shading and texturing, or other topics.
  3. Qualifications:
    The aim of this section is to build a foundation for your forthcoming work. You should discuss:
    • Why you want to be an artist.
    • Your expertise and accomplishments in your major field and any research you have performed. Mention the project and the name of the professor who supervised your work.
    • Your undergraduate studies in the arts and how they relate to what you intend to do in the graduate program.
    • Your specific experiences that demonstrate your competence, motivation, and inspiration for continued study in digital arts
    • How DigiPen's MFA in Digital Arts and its curriculum will further your goals as an artist and in your career.
    • Areas of interest for possible thesis exploration. Identify one or more specific topics, fields, or problems you might like to investigate for your thesis research.
    • Other relevant experiences (e.g., jobs, community activities, leadership in school organizations, awards, and honors). Be sure to include names of people, organizations, and other important details.
    • Briefly explain any discrepancies on your transcript, which might include a lower GPA in a particular semester or year.
  4. Personal Background
    Tell the school about yourself. Describe your family and your community (or a community in which you once lived). You may include how your family, a family member, or someone in your community or educational experience influenced your field of interest. Also, give examples of your personal attributes or qualities that you know will help you successfully complete your graduate studies. For example, describe your determination to achieve your goals, your initiative and ability to develop ideas, and your capacity to work through problems independently.
  5. Conclusion
    Describe why you are qualified to enroll in and will be successful in this graduate program.


Format for Submission

Please follow these guidelines for submitting your statement of purpose:

  • Your name and the program to which you are applying should be printed at the top of each page.
  • Each page must be typed double-spaced.
  • Spelling, grammar, and legibility will be considered.
  • Your completed statement should be signed and dated on the last page.
  • Your statement must not exceed seven pages.