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This page details all of the application materials and admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation degree program. Read all sections carefully — particularly the submission of an art portfolio, which is unique to the program — and please contact if you need clarification on any of these requirements.

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:

  • 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 counselor’s contact information (if applicable)
  • List of any extracurricular activities you have participated in (optional)
  • Contact information for anyone providing a letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Emergency contact person’s details
  • Credit card information

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Application Fee

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.

ACT/SAT Scores

DigiPen has made the SAT and ACT requirements optional. 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 and your SAT scores at 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.


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:

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.

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 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:

  • Parchment
  • eScrip-Safe
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • DigiPen cannot accept opened, faxed, or emailed transcripts as official.

Personal Statement

The personal statement gives us a chance to learn about your aspirations, your passions, and your story. What do you want us to know? Any successful accomplishments or challenging obstacles? Things you want to learn in your academic journey? Tell us all about yourself with an open-ended personal statement in 200-500 words.

Submission Guidelines

Spelling, grammar, and sentence structure are all considered. Proofread your personal statement carefully.

Generative AI, such as ChatGPT, is a tool that can help brainstorm and build written pieces. If used, please include a paragraph at the end of your personal statement that explains what prompts you used and how AI helped inform your written piece. DigiPen students must cite their sources, including any use of generative AI.

Your personal statement should be submitted by uploading directly via the online application. You can also submit your personal statement by mailing a hard copy to DigiPen’s Office of Admissions or emailing a copy to

Art Portfolio

This portfolio must include 10-15 pieces of your best original artwork. We are interested in seeing what engages you as a creative person. This could include drawings, sculpture, 3D modeling, craft creations, video or audio clips, writing, performance, design of any kind, painting, and creative problem-solving projects.

There are a few requirements when submitting your pieces:

  • At least one drawing from real-life observation.

  • At least four drawings or paintings using either traditional or digital media. Each piece must originate from either life observation or your own imagination, and please refrain from submitting imitations of stylized artwork or characters produced by other modern artists or entertainment franchises.

The remaining pieces may be work of the student’s choice from any range of artistic disciplines, such as character and environment design, 3D modeling, animation, and sculpture. We discourage derivative works, such as fan art, anime/manga, etc. However, master copies from famous fine art drawings, paintings, or sculptures are encouraged; in this case, students would need to attribute the artist being copied. AI generated art is not allowed.

Presentation will also be assessed, so students must be mindful of the quality of the images (300 dpi, in focus, cropped, even lighting) and video files (animations, model turntables, etc.). Please clearly indicate the observation drawing, as well as the four other personal drawings or color work, by selecting the “Representative Work” checkbox when uploading elements of your portfolio. Please also include the date of completion and medium used by making a notation in the description box. Instructions for uploading to the application portal can be found in the Portfolio Submission Guidelines section below.

Pro Tip: Unless otherwise indicated by the instructions below, consider taking photos of your artwork outside for better, more even lighting.

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Upload your 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

Other Materials

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

Use this optional essay to tell us 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 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

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.

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