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.
We would love to see anything you have ever done to express yourself creatively and a Sample of Creativity is required when submitting your admission application. This could be a web page, digital photograph, film or video project, short story, scale model, song, illustration, painting, sculpture... anything! Ideally, it should be submitted in some form that we might keep a copy, dubs, pictures, CD or DVD, etc. If you have a unique situation, requiring special handling or anything unusual, give us a call and we will work with you.
The DAVE School is not for everyone. The field of computer graphics can be a very tough nut to crack. Jobs will go vacant before they go to the unqualified. As with many things, success requires personal dedication that goes way beyond our program. It is not enough to simply attend and participate. You have to want it, and be willing to work very hard for it. You must strive to grow as a craftsman, a storyteller, and an artist. Our school is an incredible resource run by artists with a passion to help you on your journey...but it is still YOUR journey.