33 DAVE School Graduates Worked on Nominated Projects at the 21st Annual VES Awards

The VES Nominations were announced this week and there are 33 DAVE School graduates who contributed on 12 of the nominated projects

The DAVE School is proud to announce that 33 of its graduates have been credited on several nominated projects at the 21st Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards. DAVE School graduates have worked on four out of the five projects nominated in the ‘Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature’ category, two projects in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature’ category, and one project in the ‘Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature’ category. This is a testament to the hard work, talent, and dedication of our grads in the field of visual effects

DAVE School Graduate Justin Stockton nominated for a VES Award

Congratulations to DAVE School graduate Justin Stockton for being nominated for a VES award for his work on Avatar: The Way of Water! Justin is recognized for his outstanding environment work on the reef scenes.

“At DAVE School, our programs are focused on teaching our students how to work in a collaborative production-like pipeline that is used in the Film & Television industries. Between the intensive specialized training our students receive from Industry Professionals and job preparation assistance with mock interviews, faculty, and industry leader demo reel critiques presented by our Career Services department; we work very hard to enhance their educational experience. We look forward to the continued success of our graduates and it is an honor seeing our graduates applying the skills learned while at the DAVE School to their careers in Visual Effects;” said Executive Director, Gina Rhodes.

DAVE School graduates have contributed to many popular projects at this year’s VES Awards:


  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • The Batman
  • Top Gun: Maverick


  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • The Fabelmans


  •  Mad God
  • Strange World
  • The Bad Guys
  • Turning Red


  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • The Last of Us Part I

About the VES Awards

The VES Awards recognize outstanding visual effects and innovation in film, television, animation, commercials, and video games worldwide and the artists who bring the work to life.

Visual Effects Production Diploma Program

The Visual Effects Production program gives students a broad range of skills that allow them to pursue jobs in the computer graphics industry, including feature film and television effects, game art, print advertising, architectural visualization, and military simulation.

About The DAVE School

The DAVE School was founded on June 8, 2000, by two Industry executives looking to create #CareerReady artists with a practical animation school. Today, The DAVE School offers specialized training in Visual Effects and Game Production with extensive practice under industry-level supervision.

Located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida®, The DAVE School has an 18,000 square foot facility that includes learning and interactive labs, a dedicated Virtual and Real-Time production stage, a Vicon motion capture system, 3D printing, and VR/AR labs, and secure student access 7 days a week.

NUC University (NUC) is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org. NUC’s NUC University – IBC Technical Division (NUC-IBC), NUC University – Florida Technical College (NUC-FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) is included in this accreditation. NUC’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on 2019 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)