Placement Overview

Landing your first job can be tough. It takes more than just talent. It takes hard work, a great attitude, and a strong support base. Our Career Services department is designed to give you that support – both while you’re in school and after you graduate.

At the DAVE School we take our student’s dream of working as a 3D/VFX artist very seriously. That’s why we have dedicated staff to help students and graduates achieve their career goals. Here are just a few of the measures we take to help prepare you for your job in the field:

  • We provide training on industry expectations regarding demo reel content and presentation
  • Students have direct access to our career services director for demo reel critique and feedback
  • We perform mock interviews with graduating students to ensure they are prepared for their first job
  • We bring in high-profile guest speakers to discuss industry developments
  • We regularly update our curriculum to reflect industry advancements and trends
  • We allow graduates to retake any portion of our program for FREE, and…
  • We bring hiring studios to The DAVE School to meet our graduates face-to-face
  • It is not uncommon for students to be hired before completing the program.

DAVE School graduates have gone on to work in nearly every segment of the computer graphics industry, from video games to television, film, architectural visualization, medical imaging, print advertising and military simulation. We are proud to say that our graduates have worked on films and television shows such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Divergent, Need for Speed, 47 Ronin, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, Almost Human, Lost, Fringe, 24, Battlestar Galactica, and more.

Click here to view some of our student success stories.

Our Alumni have worked all over the world at companies such as the ones showcased below.

Studio Testimonials

Michael Attardi

Dream Balloon Animation, Director/ Producer
Dream Balloon Animation studios highly endorses has been working with the D.A.V.E. school since 2007. Although the D.A.V.E. school considered a higher education facility, their commitment of excellence in the professional sector is unmatched at their level. With an award-winning animation staff and instructors, the D.A.V.E school is surpassing their local and national competition in the field of CGI-animation special effects. I have personally had the privileged to work with over a two dozen D.A.V.E. school graduates, who were well trained and schooled in the field of animation and special effects. At Dream Balloon Animation, we look for the next D.A.V.E. school graduate who understands and can operate the ever-changing technology that has pushed this medium in the heart of Hollywood. Right after our successful animation short project, several D.A.V.E. school graduates went to work for James Cameron on Avatar. What more can I say about a school that has surpassed everyone's expectations.

Aaron Punga

Electronic Arts, Tiburon, Sr. Character Animator
I’ve been going through and adding all of the turn and stop animations to our project and I just wanted to compliment the quality of the work you guys have done. The attention to detail on the fingers and ball is fantastic, and I wanted you and your team to know that it is really appreciated. Tagging up all of these anims has given me a lot of time to really focus on the detailed action going on in the hands and I am continually impressed, animation after animation with how precise they are.

Tom Bremer

Visual Cue Studios, Owner
Working with the recent DAVE grads on MSNBC’s “Why Planes Crash” has been a great experience. The quality of their work and overall preparedness was really amazing.