DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, is launching a new way to deliver its world-renowned game development education to a growing population of degree-seeking U.S. students. We’re calling it the DigiPen Nexus System — a network of localized bachelor’s degree completion programs, specifically geared toward aspiring creative professionals who hold an associate degree. Not only that, we’re excited to announce that the first Nexus program will be offered at our brand new satellite campus in Richardson, Texas, beginning fall 2023.
Richardson is a high-tech hub, located just 15 miles from the heart of Dallas. The area is home to several major game studios, such as Gearbox Software, id Software, BonusXP, and more. That’s where we’ll soon begin offering the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Development, a two-year program that will prepare students for exciting careers in digital entertainment — either in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex or beyond.
Students in the program will belong to a small, tight-knit cohort, all of whom will study and collaborate through a combination of in-person and remote learning. While the majority of the program’s computer science curriculum will be delivered via synchronous, online teaching, game project courses will be conducted entirely in person at an on-site co-working space, located in downtown Richardson. These project courses will challenge students to apply the lessons from their other classes as they gain valuable hands-on experience as members of a game development team. In addition to being supported by a core team of Richardson-based staff and faculty, students will also have access to a range of networking opportunities, guest speaker events, and more.
“This program is for students needing a more flexible education to complete their degree and who understand the value of getting hands-on experience developing games from start to finish with a team — just like they would at a studio,” says Rachel Thompson, director of operations for Richardson Nexus. “With game companies and the STEM industry growing in Richardson and surrounding areas, we want DigiPen to provide the absolute best possible education to qualify students for their dream jobs.”
Unlike the four-year degree programs offered at our Redmond campus, the DigiPen Nexus System specifically targets local area residents and community college graduates who seek to complete their bachelor’s degree within a two-year program. Applicants to the BS in Computer Science and Game Development will need to have completed their associate degree with sufficient coursework in math, physics, and computer science.
In the future, DigiPen plans to offer similar bachelor completion programs at other Nexus locations around the country, with individual programs based on the needs and career opportunities of the local economy.
“DigiPen has always been at the forefront of game development education. We are always innovating, always adapting — both to the needs of the industry and to the needs of students. With the DigiPen Nexus System, we’re bringing our proven teaching model to a new group of aspiring game developers who have already begun their higher education journey at the community college level,” Chris Comair, chief operating officer for the DigiPen Redmond campus, says. “It’s all thanks to our great partnership with the City of Richardson, as well as local business and educational leaders, that we were able to make this happen. It’s been hugely rewarding seeing this vision come to fruition, and we can’t wait to welcome our first group of Richardson students to the DigiPen family next year.”
Learn more about these new programs on the DigiPen Nexus website.