General Admission Requirements

Under the partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), all applications to DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore will first be routed through SIT’s application portal and then processed by DigiPen (Singapore). Read more about the application process.

Application Materials

All applicants to degree programs at DigiPen (Singapore) must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

Applicants are also required to submit additional program-specific information as indicated below:

Final acceptance to DigiPen (Singapore) will be based on an evaluation of the above criteria to determine if the applicant had achieved a level of knowledge and skill. 

Please note: admission to programs at DigiPen (Singapore) is competitive; applicants who exceed the minimum requirements are more likely to be accepted to the program.

Educational Records

Required for: All applicants

Description: Original documents or certified-true copies of the applicant’s academic history must be provided. All Polytechnic Diplomas are eligible for admission.  Additionally, a limited number of applicants with other recognized high school qualifications such as the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma), the American High School and NUS High School diploma will be acceptable. Please refer the SIT admissions requirements for details.

Personal Statement

Required for: All applicants

The personal statement is an important part of the application for admission to DigiPen (Singapore). What you write will help us find out information about you that is not apparent from your application or transcripts.

This section is required for ALL undergraduate applicants regardless of the program to which they are applying.

Essay Topic
Obtaining a degree from DigiPen (Singapore) will prepare you to be a software engineer/programmer (BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation), technical designer (BS in Computer Science and Game Design), game designer (BA in Game Design), or digital artist (BFA in Digital Art and Animation). Write an essay that describes an exceptional achievement that highlights your academic and employment experience gained.  How would these support your choice of program(s) and help you attain your goal(s) in life?  What are your plan(s) upon graduation? Spelling, grammar, and sentence structure, along with the correct use of punctuation, capitalization, quotation marks, etc. are all considered, so proofread your essay carefully. (Max 300 words)

Optional Essay
Applicants should use this optional essay to explain any unusual circumstances or situations that you think may have an impact on their application.

Applicants must submit their personal statement via SIT's online application portal. Answers must be drafted and prepared before beginning the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Optional for: All applicants (to be uploaded on SIT application portal)

Description: Applicants to all programs are strongly encouraged to send at least two testimonials.  The letters of recommendation should be completed by a person who can discuss your academic or creative strengths. Examples of appropriate people to write the letter are professors at polytechnic or a boss or supervisor from a job, or a volunteer project where your duties included something of a creative nature.

Mathematics & Science Requirements

Required for: Applicants to the BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation and BS in Computer Science and Game Design; and BEng (Hons) in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems). 

In addition to the requirements listed for all undergraduate applicants, those applying to any of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering programs must submit the applicable documents showing that they fulfill the Math and Science requirements.

The documents must provide specific requirements for each of the five different types of applicants:

  • Polytechnic Diploma graduate with a recommended Grade “B” or better in Mathematics courses in their Diploma programs and GCE ‘O’ Level Results in Mathematics or Science
  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level (H2 pass in Mathematics or Physics or Computing; or a “good” pass in H1 Mathematics)
  • NUS High School Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • International Diploma

Official Scores for SAT I

Required for: International applicants to the BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, BS in Computer Science and Game Design or BEng (Hons) in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) programs.

Description: If applicable, the student must submit official SAT 1 scores. SAT scores must be sent directly to DigiPen (Singapore) by the issuing organization. Information about the SAT: The SAT is administered by CollegeBoard and must be taken in person, at a specified location and time. The SAT is offered at several venues in Singapore and in countries throughout the world. For more information about the SAT, including registration, upcoming test dates and locations, and sample test questions, please visit

Score reporting:

Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

Required for: Applicants who are non-native English speakers
Description: Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam) or 80 (iBT — Internet-based Test). TOEFL code: 1493.
  • A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher. (
  • A minimum Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as a Certificate in Advanced English or CAE) score of C1 or higher.
  • Completion of four years of high school at an English-speaking school, or an International School where the primary language of instruction is English.
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree at an English-speaking institution.

TOEFL code: 1493
TOEFL score reporting and exam information:

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