In 1999, Jeff Scheetz, Co-Founder of the DAVE School, was working as an Animator and Visual Effects Supervisor for Foundation Imaging – which was, at the time, one of Hollywood’s pioneering visual effects studios. “For each artist I was able to hire, I would screen dozens of unacceptable demo reels,” he explains. “Even the worst of them showed a great deal of effort, but a terrible lack of direction, coupled with an unrefined skill set,” he adds.
And so, the DAVE School was born, a highly-specialized, industry-relevant school designed to immerse promising animators in both the captivating art and the complex science behind computer animation. Through valuable collaborations with a number of experienced, LA-based industry professionals, The DAVE School was able to specifically tailor a bespoke, digital curriculum devised to give students command of the most cutting-edge tools being used within the visual effects and animation industry.
“The DAVE School has had a proud tradition of training industry 3D artists for the past 15 years. Our future looks just as promising with the addition of our Bachelor programs in Motion Graphics and Production Programming. With these online programs we are taking The DAVE School to the next level and expanding into additional disciplines. It really is an exciting time for us,” adds Executive Vice President Gino Q. Natalicchio, Ph.D.
But what exactly are the areas in which DAVE School students can pursue world-class, applicable training?