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DigiPen Moving to Larger Campus in Summer 2010
DigiPen Moving to Larger Campus in Summer 2010
February 2, 2010 | By Danny Cowan

February 2, 2010 | By Danny Cowan
More: Student/Education

The game development-focused DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, will move to a larger campus in the summer of 2010, increasing its graduating class size by 300 students yearly.

DigiPen's new campus in North Redmond spans more than 100,000 square feet, and will house all of DigiPen's bachelor's and master's degree programs. The new DigiPen facility includes tiered-seating auditoriums, art studios, electronic labs, a library, a cafeteria with a professional kitchen, a student recreation room, and a general store.

Speaking to the Seattle Times, chief operating officer Raymond Yan notes that the move could increase DigiPen's graduating class size to 1,200 students yearly, up from the current 900.

DigiPen was the world's first college to offer a bachelor's degree in game development, and currently provides degree programs in computer engineering, computer science, production animation, and game design. The college also offers a number of K-12 educational programs throughout the United States and overseas.

"This move represents a great point of development for DigiPen and the game industry," said DigiPen founder and CEO Claude Comair.

"DigiPen has been teaching students for over 20 years, and with that valuable experience, we were able to design the new campus to provide the students with the best environment to learn, collaborate on projects, live their daily lives, and be most productive, so that we can provide the industry with the best workforce possible."

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Joseph Vasquez II
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Hey Danny, the sited current class size of 900 is the total student population, not the yearly graduating class size. The yearly graduation is count is, let's just say, a lot less than 900 students. Heh.

Brian Handy
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I thought that looked funny, I remember when I applied a few years ago that they said they had no more than 200 to a class. Thanks for confirming that Joseph.

Doug Poston
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I feel sorry for the 7-11 next to the current DigiPen. They're going to lose a lot of business. ;)

Justin Dodson
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I believe that this is the third article I've read about Digipen's move that includes no additional research into the drama and logistics of this move. Why is the school moving? How long has DigiPen been looking for a new campus? Why did the Board of Directors not take the Renton mayor's invite to move there? What do the students think about this?

Benjamin Ritter
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I am a current DigiPen sophomore and can answer some of these questions. Yes, the total student population is just below one thousand; the school is small and very selective. The new campus is gorgeous and spacious, though as of this writing it's still in the late stages of remodeling. The school is moving because, up until now, the art and programming departments have been divided each to its own campus. The art campus is a rented space in a stripmall-like business complex, its layout not conducive to the sheer amount of work going on at any given time. The main campus is space above a warehouse at the Nintendo complex with poor lighting and non-existent parking. The merger of the campuses will bring cohesion to the school's disparate programs and, hopefully, alleviate the stress on the dying BAGD program so that it may finally grow the way we need it to. The school has been promising the move for several years but can only now commit. The students share generally positive reactions to the move, as it is a welcome step in the right direction for a school we feel is otherwise expanding too quickly away from its core in Redmond. I have no answer regarding the decision for Renton.

Milagros Ramos
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I will be applying to this school once I start getting things settled here in NYC, being busy with kids and having to deal with many clients with the work I do sure makes it hard to start sooner. All in all I can't wait to visit the campus. I just hope finding an apartment is easy especially when kids are involved. Most owners and people who lease an apartment don't want children around, like over here. It really sucks in nyc.