Q. How long is the program?
A. 12 months
Q. What prerequisites do I need?
A. Review Application Requirements.
Q. Is this a degree program?
A. A Diploma in Digital Animation and Visual effects will be presented to each student upon completion of the program.
Q. I have no modeling/animation experience. Will that be a problem?
A. We start our program at a very basic level. Prior experience would be beneficial but is not required.
Q. Do I need my own computer?
A. There is no requirement to have your own computer. The school provides access to our facilities for computer and lab usage which will house all software needed. If you would like, our IT department can help you build a custom computer to meet the most demanding 3D/VFX needs.
Q. Will I be able to get a job once I finish, or will I have to go on for more schooling?
A. This program is designed to get students to a production-ready level at the end of the twelve months. DAVE School graduates regularly go on to work at at top film and gaming studios directly following graduation.
Q. What type of salary can I expect as a 3D/Visual Effects artist?
A. 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.
Q. Do you help with grad placement?
A. Yes. Our career services department focuses on preparing students, from the very first block, 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, s\he will always be eligible to receive placement assistance from the DAVE School.
Q. Is there financial aid?
A. 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
Q. Do you have housing?
A. Our student housing consists of 3-bedroom condos shared by three DAVE School students. All of the condos are within a 4-5 mile radius of the school. These condos are fully furnished, and each student has his/her own bedroom with a bed, computer desk, dresser, and closet. All utilities are included. This is an additional fee from tuition.
Q. Do you have classes online?
A. At this time, the program is only offered at our on-ground location in Orlando, Florida. We are currently reviewing our curriculum and have plans to launch online classes of some portions in the near future.