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DigiPen Institute of Technology, the Redmond-based school specializing in interactive entertainment and video-game technology, has created a new Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program, scheduled to start in September 2012.

The institute says the program and 60 credit-hour curriculum were created in consultation with hiring managers and digital artists at game companies including Bungie, Valve, Microsoft, Warner Brothers and Gas Powered Games, aiming to figure out the industry’s needs.

The first class of students will consist of about 15 students maximum, according to DigiPen officials. Subjects will include character design, digital sculpting, hard surface modeling, lighting, texturing, rendering and rigging.

DigiPen is in the middle of one of the biggest centers for video-games in the country, in the same neighborhood as the headquarters for Nintendo of America and Microsoft’s Xbox business.

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