- DigiPen Corporation was founded in Vancouver, B.C., Canada by Claude Comair. The DigiPen Applied Computer Graphics School began as a computer simulation and animation company.
- DigiPen officially accepted its first class of video game programming students. This two-year video game programming diploma course was the first of its kind in North America.
- DigiPen implemented a revised two-year 3D computer animation diploma program.
- The authorization to award Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Real-Time Interactive Simulation as well as an Associate of Applied Arts Degree in 3D Computer Animation was granted by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB).
- DigiPen opened the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.
- The educational activities in Canada were phased out and the Redmond campus became the only DigiPen educational facility.
Jul 22, 2000:
- The first graduation ceremony took place. There were six Associate of Science Degree graduates and five Bachelor of Science Degree graduates in the inaugural class.