This page details all of the application materials and admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Game Design degree program. Read all sections carefully — particularly the submission of a design portfolio, which is unique to the program — and please contact email@example.com if you need clarification on any of these requirements.
Requirements at a Glance
Application for Admission
You must submit an online application to be considered for admission. You can start your application, save, and return to it as many times as needed until you’re ready to review and submit it. We urge that applicants complete and submit an application two to four weeks after starting. We recommend that you review the application instructions on this page and prepare the necessary materials prior to beginning the online application.
You will need the following materials in order to complete the application for admission:
You must include a $60 application fee along with your application. This can be done via the application portal.
Application fees can also be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology).
DigiPen provides application fee waivers to applicants who visit us for an on-campus admissions outreach event or who attend an online information session or virtual admissions meeting.
DigiPen has made the SAT and ACT requirements optional for all spring 2023 and fall 2023 applicants. Applicants will not be disadvantaged if they are unable to submit a test score. We evaluate applicants holistically and consider all qualifications and circumstances in our admission decisions.
There is no minimum score requirement for either test, and we do not prefer one test over the other. SAT II Subject Tests are not required for admission but may be taken into consideration during the evaluation process if included with your application. If you would like your scores to be considered for your application, they must be sent directly to DigiPen by the issuing organization or included on your official high school transcripts. You can order your ACT scores at www.act.org and your SAT scores at www.collegeboard.org. To have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to DigiPen, include the college program code 4138 on your SAT form or 6659 on your ACT form.
The SAT/ACT requirement is always waived for:
High School Transcripts
In order to meet the minimum requirement for admission to DigiPen, all applicants must have completed grade 12 or the equivalent. We recommend applicants have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in their most recent studies.
Applicants must report their entire academic history from grade nine or equivalent and onward, as well as submit official transcripts from all educational institutions attended.
Type of transcripts you must submit depend on your situation:
Current high school seniors should submit their most recent in-progress high school transcripts with their application.
Students who have earned their GED should submit transcripts for the time that they attended high school, along with GED test scores. GED score reports may be requested via the GED Testing Service website.
Homeschooled students should submit transcripts from an accredited curriculum and official GED test scores, as applicable. See the For Homeschooled Applicants page for more information.
International students must submit transcripts of their academic records. See the For International Applicants page for more information.
If you have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution, you are not required to submit your high school transcripts, but you must submit final transcripts from the college or university attended along with transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
College and university transcripts are required for all applicants who have taken coursework at the college or university level.
If applicable, you must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Applicable coursework includes high school concurrent enrollment programs, Running Start, community college, and university courses.
How to Submit Official Transcripts
Please request official copies of your transcripts from each high school and/or college attended. Students typically need to request official transcripts from the institution’s registrar’s office and should do so early to allow time for processing.
Accepted students must submit additional, updated official transcripts upon graduation or completion of courses.
The documents can be either mailed to DigiPen directly from the school (preferred) or mailed personally if they are sealed in an envelope with the issuing institution’s registrar stamped across the seal. Transcripts should be mailed to:
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Attn: Office of Admissions
9931 Willows Rd. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
DigiPen also accepts transcripts via the following pre-approved digital courier services:
Why have you applied to this program, what inspired you to pursue a future in this field, what have you done to prepare yourself for this field, and why is DigiPen the right school for you to realize your goals?
While answering this question, consider addressing coursework you have taken related to your chosen field, participation at DigiPen workshops or events, what you hope to do after graduating from DigiPen, what it means to be a professional in your chosen field, and your understanding of your chosen degree program at DigiPen.
Spelling, grammar, and sentence structure are all considered. Proofread your essay carefully.
Essay Submission Guidelines
Essays should be submitted by uploading directly via the online application.
You can also submit your essay by mailing a hard copy to DigiPen’s Office of Admissions or emailing a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants to the BA in Game Design program are required to submit a portfolio that displays previously created works and the process used to create them. This work may be in any medium or platform and is not limited to games. Sample work might include board or video game content, costuming, musical performance, poetry or prose, artwork, or other created works.
A written essay for each of the three works. Essays must include:
One paragraph describing the work.
One paragraph describing the applicant’s role in creating the work. (Classwork is permitted. Team projects are permitted as long as sufficient detail on the applicant’s specific contributions is provided.)
One or more paragraphs describing the applicant’s process for making the work in detail; this should also explain the reasons behind design choices. Applicants are encouraged to create works for different audiences.
Up to three additional digital files per work. These digital files may include the work itself or other media representative of the work. Documents, images, and audio files are all appropriate. Web links and executable files will not be accepted.
Please note that the portfolio will be reviewed and scored based solely on the documentation about the work and process, not on the quality of the work itself or any external content.
Students are encouraged to display a diverse portfolio demonstrating their process across a variety of different media.
Portfolio Submission Guidelines
Upload your design portfolio via the application portal. The application portal can support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. Uploaded documents may contain no more than 75 pages. We support the following file formats:
Video: .3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv
Audio: .aac, .m4a, .mka, .mp3, .oga, .ogg, .wav
Slide: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff
Document: .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd
What Should I Include In My Portfolio?
For help answering this common question, see our video below with Program Director Jeremy Holcomb.
How optional materials factor into your application
Please note that your application will be evaluated once it meets the minimum requirements regardless if optional materials are expected to be received.
Optional Additional Essay
We’d love to learn more about you. Use this optional essay to tell as about yourself or to explain any unusual circumstances or situations that you think may have an impact on your application.
Optional Letters of Recommendation
All undergraduate applicants (including international applicants) may submit two optional letters of recommendation. Letters must be from individuals familiar with your academic background or work ethic (e.g. an instructor, school counselor, or employer). Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.
You should ask your references for recommendations before including their names on your application. Ask them to add @digipen.edu to their safe senders list or address book, then tell them to expect a reference request via email. Enter the contact information for your references in the online application, and each reference will receive a link to an electronic recommendation form.
If your references do not receive an electronic recommendation form, they may send their letter of recommendation to email@example.com.
For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must contain a contact phone number. References should explain how long they have known you and in what capacity.
For International Applicants
In addition to the typical requirements for undergraduate applicants, international applicants must also provide additional information to be considered for admission to DigiPen. Visit our International Applicants page for details about Academic Records, the Financial Responsibility Form, and providing Proof of Proficiency in the English Language (for non-native English speakers).
For Homeschooled Applicants
We welcome applicants from all types of educational backgrounds and encourage homeschool students to apply to any of our degree programs. All applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, and all aspects of application materials are considered.
Please visit our Homeschooled Applicants page for specific application requirements.