Frequently Asked Questions

Answers for parents and students
 
  • How long are the programs?

    The Visual Effects Diploma Program is 12 months

    The Game Production Diploma Program is 12 months

    The Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Graphics is 30 months

    The Bachelor’s Degree in Production Programming is 30 months

  • What prerequisites do I need?

    Prospective students must furnish proof of a high school diploma or equivalent. If an applicant is under 18, he or she must provide written consent of his or her parent or guardian. Applicants are not required to have any previous computer graphics experience, but a strong work ethic and a burning desire to become a 3D artist are necessary. Applicants should also possess basic computer and internet usage skills. We do not have a traditional art prerequisite. While drawing and painting are valuable skills that can be useful in certain job markets, we believe that 3D modeling and animation is a completely unique art form. In fact, we place equal value on experience in film making, acting, theater, lighting, stagecraft, web-design, programming, painting, writing, music, sculpture, model building, crafts or just about any creative endeavor. Ultimately we are seeking students who are creative by nature, not intimidated by conceptual challenges, don’t mind working long hours, enjoy problem-solving, and are driven to excellence. For more information, you may review the application requirements on the Apply Now page

  • What qualifies as General Education classes?

    Below is an example of our General Education courses. For additional courses please review our catalog. General Education courses can be purchase at a price of $399 per class.

    • Cultural Studies
    • Humanities
    • Introduction to Film and Visual Analysis
    • Introduction to Screenwriting
    • Introduction to Art
    • Visual Culture: Media, Art, and Technology
    • New Media and Digital Technologies
    • Art, Design, and Electronic Culture
    • Introduction to Algebra
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • American Government
    • Classical and Modern Drama
    • Music Appreciation
    • Cinema Studies
    • Ethics
    • Adult Psychology
    • Environmental Science
    • Stress
  • What qualifies as Elective courses?

    In addition to the General Education courses listed, students may also take Core courses to satisfy the elective requirement. Core courses have a price of $1070 per class

  • May I transfer credits or classes from another college?

    Transfer students in diploma, certificate, and degree programs must submit formal application for admission with an official copy of a high school transcript or G.E.D. and an official transcript from each previously attended post-secondary institution must be submitted. Credits earned at other institutions or other approved sources may be eligible for transfer to The DAVE School for satisfaction of diploma, certificate, and degree requirements only if they meet the following criteria:

    1. The credits or clock hours must be earned at another institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to satisfy specific requirements for completion of a program.
    2. The student earned a grade of at least “C”.
    3. The course to be transferred is similar in level and credit value to a course offered by The DAVE School.
    4. Credits earned at another institution that is not located in the United States or its territories must be evaluated by an agency which attests to the qualitative and quantitative equivalency of the foreign education and the specific course or courses for which transfer credit is to be awarded. The DAVE School accepts transfer credit evaluations from National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organizations.

  • Are these degree programs?

    The DAVE School offers Certificate and Bachelor programs in Visual Effects Production, and certificate in Game Production at our Orlando Campus.

    Bachelor degrees in Motion Graphics and Production Programming (with concentration tracks in Game Design, Game Programming, Mixed reality Development, Mobile App Development, Graphics Programming, Simulation and Productivity)  online .

  • I have no modeling/animation experience. Will that be a problem?

    We start our programs at a very basic level. Prior experience would be beneficial but is not required.

  • Do I need my own computer?

    There is no requirement to have your own computer when studying in our ground programs, although we highly recommend you own one. The school provides access to our facilities for computer and lab usage which will house all software needed. Please refer to the reccomended hardware requirements for out online programs. If you would like, our IT department can help you build a custom computer to meet the most demanding 3D/VFX needs. Click here for recommended hardware

  • Will I be able to get a job once I finish my training at the Dave School?

    Our programs are designed to get students to a production-ready level at the end of their training. DAVE School graduates regularly go on to work at top film and gaming studios directly following graduation.

  • What type of salary can I expect as a 3D/Visual Effects artist?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median salary for Multimedia Artists and Animators is between $44,710 and $77,010, with top level artists making over $100,000 per year.

  • Do you help with grad placement?

    Yes. Our career services department focuses on preparing students, from the very first class, on interviewing skills and professional-level demo reels. Once a demo reel is deemed ready to be seen by professional studios, the career services department will send it out to prospective employers. In addition, studios are flown in to personally view the students’ reels and have individual contact with them. Once a student graduates, she will always be eligible to receive placement assistance from the DAVE School.

  • Is there financial aid?

    Our financing department assists students with obtaining the resources necessary to attend the DAVE School. While we are not able to accept the FAFSA at this time, we direct students to alternative resources to assist them.

  • Do you have housing?

    EDURent has partnered with The DAVE School to help students find the ideal student housing solution. EDUrent will even assist students in finding a roommate. EDUrent can be reached via their website at edurent.com or phone 855-508-8300. This is a separate fee from tuition.

  • Do you have classes online?

    Yes we do! Choose from one of many specialized career tracks in the Production Programming Bachelor’s Degree or Motion Graphics Bachelor’s Degree programs. Learn more

Student Access

The school is open to students
Monday through Friday from 7:00AM until 1:00AM EST.

Business Hours

The school business office is open
Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST.

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