The School of Interactive Arts (SIA) is a pre-college program in digital game development. SIA teaches high school students the art and science of game development, a field full of opportunity but lacking in workforce diversity.
Our multi-year curriculum is dedicated to preparing high school students for college and career. Our program uses game design to teach computer science and higher-level coding while helping students develop pre-professional skills in communication, collaboration, project management, and entrepreneurship.
Our mission is to inspire students from low-income communities to access their creativity and harness technology, generating lifelong success through personal growth, exceptional educations, and state-of-the-art careers.
Our work emphasizes success from high school to college to career through these powerful programs:
To scale, we teach the teachers—nationally (and even globally—Hello, India, Canada, and the U.K.!). With developer software partnerships and innovative pedagogical practices, we ensure teachers promote confidence in the Computer Sciences among historically underrepresented communities.
We teach the art and technology of digital game development through computer science, coding, animation, music, and storytelling in schools, online, and at our Learning Lab in New York City.
We provide private-school-level college-access services and ensure our students earn the maximum in scholarships. Our students have earned $10M in scholarships since 2017.
We connect our alumni to mentorship and internship opportunities at leading media and technology companies, generating access and exposure for a new and diverse talent pipeline.
With NYC Mayor Eric Adams and The City University of New York, we’re designing and piloting the first ever, 4-year, public-option Digital Game Design degree to provide underrepresented students accessible STEAM pathways and to graduate them without debt.