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This page details all of the application materials and admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design degree program. Read all sections carefully — particularly the submission of a performance portfolio, which is unique to the program — and please contact admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu if you need clarification on any of these requirements.

Application for Admission

You must submit an online application to be considered for admission. You may save your progress partway through the application if you choose to complete it over more than one session. 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:

  • Name, address, and phone number for all high schools and colleges you have attended
  • Dates (month and year) that you attended each institution
  • Your school guidance counselor’s contact information (if applicable)
  • List of any extracurricular activities you have participated in (optional)
  • Résumé or CV (optional)
  • Contact information for anyone providing a letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Emergency contact person’s details
  • Credit card information (if you choose to pay the application fee online)

Apply Online

Application Fee

You must include a $60 application fee along with your application. When applying online, you can either pay by credit card or select the option to pay the fee later. If you choose to pay later, you can find the application fee payment portal by logging back into your application and clicking “Application Fee” on the right side bar.

Application fees can also be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology).

DigiPen waives the application fee for applicants who demonstrate financial need through an SAT fee waiver program or who participate in a similar need-based program. DigiPen also provides fee waivers to applicants who visit the campus for an admissions meeting or on-site information session or who attend an online outreach event.

ACT/SAT Scores

Due to the reduction of available testing dates, DigiPen has made the SAT and ACT requirements optional for all remaining 2020 and fall 2021 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. SAT or ACT test scores 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 and your SAT scores at Average SAT scores (prior to March 2016) for BS and BA programs are over 1700; average SAT scores (for tests starting March 2016) for BS and BA programs are over 1220; average ACT composite scores for BS and BA programs are generally over 26.

The SAT/ACT requirement is always waived for:

  • International applicants (all degree programs)

  • Applicants who have already graduated from high school and have completed at least one, full-time year of college-level education (not including Running Start or other high school concurrent enrollment programs). Applicants with college-level equivalent credits earned during military service should contact the Office of Admissions for waiver confirmation.

  • Applicants who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

Score Reporting

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.

Official Transcripts

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 submit official transcripts from all high schools attended, including a final transcript showing proof of high-school graduation.

Type of transcripts you must submit depend on your situation:

You should request official copies of your transcripts from each high school attended.

The documents can be either mailed to DigiPen directly from the school (preferred) or mailed by you in a sealed envelope as prepared by the school. Transcripts should be mailed to:

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Attn: Office of Admissions
9931 Willows Rd. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

DigiPen can also accept transcripts via the following pre-approved digital courier services:

  • Parchment
  • eScrip-Safe
  • National Student Clearinghouse

DigiPen cannot accept opened, faxed, or emailed transcripts.

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 official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

College and University Transcripts

Required for: All applicants who have taken coursework at the college or university level.

If applicable, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Applicable coursework includes high school concurrent enrollment programs, Running Start, community college, and university courses. Students typically need to request official transcripts from the institution’s registrar’s office and should do so early to allow time for processing. Transcripts must be sent directly to DigiPen Institute of Technology in a sealed envelope as prepared by the issuing school. Transcripts may be sent by the applicant if sealed in an envelope and stamped over the seal by the registrar, showing that the envelope has not been opened. Unofficial transcripts are not accepted.


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 can be submitted by uploading directly via the online application. You can find the upload page by logging into your application, clicking “Edit Application,” and then clicking “Essays” in the menu at the top of the screen.

You can also submit your essay by mailing a hard copy to DigiPen’s Office of Admissions or emailing a copy to admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.

Performance Portfolio

Applicants to the Music and Sound Design degree program must submit a performance portfolio exemplifying their musical performance abilities. This portfolio should contain two unedited video recordings of live musical performances in contrasting styles with your primary instrument and a maximum of four examples of musical involvement. Performances done within the last three years are strongly preferred.

The performance portfolio must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. For the two (2) unedited video recordings of live musical performance in contrasting styles:

    • Edited recordings are not accepted.

    • Audio quality must be clear and free of noise.

    • For all instruments except voice, at least one of the performances must be unaccompanied.

    • Both performances should be with your primary instrument, and you must be identifiable as the performer.

    • Each performance should be approximately two to five minutes in duration.

    • The recorded performances should demonstrate your musicianship and performance ability and should showcase your expertise with your primary instrument.

    • All styles of music are welcome, as long as the two pieces are in sufficiently contrasting styles, such as Baroque and Romantic or Classical and Jazz.

  2. For evidence of musical involvement, submit up to four examples of any of the following:

    • Scores and/or recordings of compositions, arrangements, and/or performances

    • Concert programs

    • Reviews of musical performances, recitals, recordings, or other musical work

    • Awards for musical competitions

    • Video or audio recordings of musical performances

    • Documentation of participation in performance ensembles, such as orchestras, bands, or other musical performance groups

    • Video soundtracks (include video)

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Submit your performance portfolio via Slideroom. Slideroom requires a $10 fee to upload portfolios; this fee may be waived for students who demonstrate financial need through an SAT fee-waiver program or who participate in a similar need-based program. Please note Slideroom can accept the following file sizes/types:

  • Images (5 MB max): .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga

  • Videos (60 MB max): .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv

  • Audio (30 MB max): .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac

  • Documents (10 MB max): .pdf

Label performances with the date, title, and composer of the work.

Other Materials

Optional Additional Essay

Use this optional essay 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) are strongly encouraged to submit two optional letters of recommendation. Letters must be from individuals familiar with your academic background or work ethic (e.g. an instructor, guidance counselor, or employer). Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.

You may choose to enter the contact information for your references in the online application. In this case, our system will email each reference a link to an electronic recommendation form once your application is submitted. You should ask your references for recommendations before including their names on your application and tell them to expect a reference request via email.

For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must contain a contact phone number. Recommenders should explain how long they have known you and in what capacity. You should provide your recommenders with a link to or a hard copy of the Letter of Recommendation Template. Alternatively, references may write their own letters of recommendation without using this template.

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.

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