At the DAVE School we spend the first three quarters of our Visual Effects and Animation Program teaching the core competencies needed for general animation production. Then for the last 12 weeks our students experience a very unique and challenging program. They work together to create an animated film, visual effects for a school-produced live action short, or any kind of project that replicates the workflow found at an actual studio. The point is, it’s the school and the instructor in the role of Production Company and Director, and it’s the students who work on that project- as they will on their first and every subsequent job in the industry. On occasion, other schools have pulled together to produce the odd short, but we do this with every class 4 times a year. We now have close to 50 of these films, and you can view many of them here.
We feel that the experience of actually delivering the last frame, of the last shot, (sometimes hours before it screens for an audience) is incredibly valuable. We have heard from countless employers that this is what makes DAVE grads PRODUCTION-READY.