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The moment you find out that you’ve been accepted at DigiPen can be an exciting one. You might be tempted to imagine your first day of classes as some far-off time in the distant future, but the reality is there are many matters to attend to before arriving on campus. By coming prepared on day one, you’ll give yourself the best opportunity to succeed in your freshman year and beyond.

The resources below will help organize your preparation for the academic year, and our Office of Admissions is available to answer any other questions you have. Contact us by phone at (425) 629-5001 or by sending a message to admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.

  • Art Materials List

    Here you will find art supply lists for ART 101 and ART 125, links to online and physical supply stores in the area, and pre-order forms for art supply kits available at DigiPen’s Student Store.

  • Required Textbook List

    The faculty have provided a list of required textbooks for specific courses. You will also find information about purchasing textbooks and supplies from the University of Washington Bookstore at their physical campus in Seattle, or from their website online.

  • Computer Recommendations

    With computing at the heart of much of the DigiPen curriculum, we highly recommend that you have access to a laptop computer to work on coursework and projects on the go. We list recommended minimum specifications here.

  • New Student Orientation

    New Student Orientation is a full-day event for new students and their families to learn about the campus and their chosen academic program. Current students serve as your guides for the day, sharing from their own experiences and insights about life at DigiPen.

  • Summer Assignments

    For students entering either the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation or the Bachelor of Arts in Game Design degree programs, we have compiled a few instructional videos and learning modules to prepare you for your first semester.

  • Why the Nude Model is Necessary

    As a student entering our art curriculum, you must agree to participate in the study of the nude form. DigiPen maintains that this practice best prepares digital artists and animators for their future careers. This essay describes why our faculty believes nude models continue to be relevant in modern art instruction.