Recent Updates

July 29, 2020

Visual Effects and Game Production Program Delivery Change Notice

Visual Effects and Game Production Program Delivery Change Notice

Thank you for your patience and support as we have worked diligently these past several weeks to develop our approach in crafting the best way to safely provide our students the academic and career training experience that has long been associated with success at The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School. Our first priority in the plan, and all of our efforts, is the safety and concern of our DAVE School Community, while responsibly meeting the demands of a highly evolving Industry. Approval of the new delivery plan marks a significant milestone for the school and due to the hard work of faculty, administrators, and staff, we are now set to lead the way in meeting the demand for virtually trained artists.

Beginning on August 3, 2020, The DAVE School will launch programs 100% online.

The Game Production diploma program and the Visual Effects Production diploma program, which were previously delivered residentially at the campus, will now have online delivery for August. Access to the campus and campus resources will be offered through a reservation process managed by our Student Services Coordinator, in order to provide our students a live studio experience, while safely ensuring the collective health of our DAVE School community. The remaining courses will be offered in a blended format, allowing for both face-to-face and online delivery. All courses will remain in a live setting, with synchronous instruction, to allow for real-time interaction with instructors and classmates.

Please see the chart below to determine which class will be delivered online, and which will be a blended format.

VFX Production Course:

DAVE 101 – Digital Modeling and Sculpting / Delivery Method 100% Online
DAVE 201 – Fundamentals of Computer Animation / Delivery Method 100% Online
DAVE 302 – Adv Asset Creation & Look Development / Delivery Method Blended: Online + Face to Face
DAVE 402 – Compositing & The Art of Visual Effects / Delivery Method Blended: Online + Face to Face
DAVE 502 – Emerging VFX Technologies & Pipelines / Delivery Method Blended: Online + Face to Face

GAME Production Course: 
DAVE 101 – Digital Modeling and Sculpting / Delivery Method 100% Online
DAVE 201 – Fundamentals of Computer Animation / Delivery Method 100% Online
DAVE 302 – Adv Asset Creation & Look Development / Delivery MethodBlended: Online + Face to Face
GAME 402 – Real-time Rendering & Emerging Tech / Delivery Method Blended: Online + Face to Face
GAME 502 – Emerging Real-time Techniques & Pipelines / Delivery Method Blended: Online + Face to Face

We are making incredible strides toward an educational experience that uniquely prepares our students for the Entertainment Industry of the future. We hope you are reassured by the thorough work of our planning teams, dedicated faculty, and the deliberate and careful guidance of our Industry Advisory Board and Compliance experts in ensuring our students are and will remain #CareerReady #OnlyatDAVE.

June 30, 2020

To:Florida Technical College Students and Employees and DAVE School

From: Dr. James M. Burkett, President

Communication Campus Safety Guidelines COVID-19

Florida Technical College and DAVE School campuses are remaining in Phase I maintaining strict safety guidelines and adhering to the Governor’s, CDC, and OSHA recommendations to maintain the wellbeing of our faculty, staff, and students. For your safety, we will continue to abide by the following Campus Operation rules:

  • All students, faculty, and staff must check-in with security at the one designated entrance available.
  • Temperature screenings will be required for all employees and students to gain access to the facility as an additional screening and safety protocol.
  • All students, faculty, and staff must wear face coverings while on campus and must have their Identification (College ID).
  • All students, faculty, and staff must adhere to the physical distancing (social) guidelines of 6ft and not have more than 10 people in a classroom area. All students, faculty, and staff must comply with posted guidelines and comply with established hygiene and sanitation requirements.
  • All students must report to their scheduled classrooms. Once the students are dismissed, they must exit the building.
  • Common areas will not be open at this time in order to avoid group gatherings.

FTC and DAVE School campuses are open for designated employees and students are visiting the campus to complete their necessary clinical and laboratory assignments. Before visiting the campus if you respond “yes” to any of the following questions, please refrain from going to campus or, if you have already traveled to campus, please notify your academic leader and exit the campus immediately. We ask that you contact your physician or visit a testing center and seek a written confirmation that you are not COVID-19 infected and with this documentation, you may return to campus. In addition, please notify your Instructor that you will not be attending class or lab so we can work on an academic plan with you.

1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
2. Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
3. Are you experiencing any new respiratory symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
4. Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
5. Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?

We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to provide you, our students the education and supportive services needed to meet your academic requirements.

The college will be communicating any changes at your campus via email and text. Please visit your student portal, verify that the college has the accurate personal mobile number and email, and make the necessary corrections in the portal if needed. You may also visit the campus Coronavirus update pages at and

Together we will overcome this and arise stronger.

Updated on Friday, June 5, 2020

Message from Dr. James M. Burkett, President, DAVE, FTC, and FTC-CE

Phase I Communication Memo – DAVE School Operations

On June 8, DAVE School will transition into Phase I of their Reopening Plan. DAVE’s active academic courses will be delivered via a blended format. The primary delivery will be via distance learning, while simultaneously deploying a rotational schedule to allow for on-campus access to approved face-to-face instruction, servers, render farm, studios, and necessary technologies.

The Academic Calendar for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency will remain in effect.

DAVE employees may only return to campus with supervisory approval and must abide by established guidelines to ensure a safe work environment. DAVE will be adhering to the Governor’s, CDC, and OSHA guidelines to maintain the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

For your safety, we have implemented the following Campus Operation guidelines:

  • Beginning June 8th, campus business hours will be 8:30am-8pm MON-THUR. Access at any other time must be pre-approved.
  • Beginning June 15th, face-to-face class hours will commence and vary between 8:30am – 8pm utilizing staggered start times and a rotational day schedule so that a minimum of students are entering and leaving at one time. Students will sign in and out with MOD or staff upon entering or leaving the building, and logs will be kept for reference.
  • DAVE School will use one primary entry/exit point. One area on the east side of the building will be for entry and another area on the west side for exit, to prevent close proximity and to control access. Hallways will be designated as one way traffic, starting from the east side of the building near entrance point, flowing to the west side of the building for exit. The elevator will be available for use, but is limited to two persons at a time.
  • Security will activate only the badges of employees/students who should be granted access. Anyone without an activated UO badge will be referred to the MOD, as well as Universal Security for approval to enter the facility.
  • Security will also be screening and taking temperature at all access points to the backlot.
  • Face coverings will be required to enter the facility. Once at their desks/offices, a face covering is only required if the social distancing guidelines of 6’ cannot be met; though will be strongly recommended. The face covering does not have to be a mask, but should meet the recommendations by the CDC.
  • If an employee/student does not have a face covering one will be provided, if available. If not available, the employee/student will be denied access until they obtain one.
  • All students must report to their scheduled classrooms. Once the students are dismissed, they must exit the building. Common areas will not be open at this time in order to avoid group gatherings.
    Our number one priority is the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. I encourage you to continue to follow the CDC and other local, state, and federal government recommendations for social distancing, health, and safety until we see this pandemic behind us.

Updated on Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Message from Dr. James M. Burkett and Leiby Adames-Boom.

We are incredibly proud of the response that our students and our academic team has shown during the COVID-19 outbreak. Never in our institution’s more than 35-year history, have we ever faced a scenario quite like this. We want to thank each of you for maintaining your academic progress, participating in community and campus initiatives, and for your collaboration with our college during this period.

These challenging times have led to some difficult decisions for everyone to adapt to this unprecedented situation and we are all putting forth an effort to keep our communities safe. With this in mind, for the safety of our students, our staff, and our family and friends, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our commencement ceremony, scheduled on June 6, 2020, at the Amway Center.

We recognize that graduation represents the culmination of all of your hard work, determination, and personal sacrifice. Once we are able to host the graduation gathering safely, we will begin to plan the next event and our 2020 graduates will be included in this traditional ceremonial celebration.

Diplomas are delivered to the campus 6-8 weeks from the date of graduation, once we receive them we notify graduates to arrange for pick-up. However, we are aware that some may not be able to personally pick-up your diplomas. Therefore, Student Services Coordinators will be receiving your diplomas at the campus and will begin to package them and have them mailed to your homes. Please ensure that we have your accurate mailing address by notifying the campus Student Services Coordinator.

Each campus will be preparing special recognitions for our graduates, please stay tuned to those future communications. We look forward to celebrating your academic and career success! Go FTC and stay #FTCSTRONG.

Dr. James M. Burkett, President of FTC, DAVE & FTC-Continuing Education

Leiby Adames-Boom, VP of Academic Affairs of FTC, DAVE & FTC-Continuing Education

Updated on Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 10:30 a.m.

Message from our Executive Director

At DAVE School, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Based on recommendations from federal, state, and local governments and to stay consistent with the closures of public state colleges and universities, as well as Universal Studios Orlando, DAVE School has made the following decisions regarding a modified course delivery:

All ON-GROUND Students are asked to report to campus on Monday, March 16th for the first day of classes.

Starting Tuesday, March 17th and until further notice, all face-to-face classes will then be replaced with virtual learning alternatives.

DAVE School is prepared to ensure all students will have the necessary tools and software available to complete coursework during this temporary disruption. This is why attendance is necessary on Monday, March 16th to ensure student success.

Additionally, all ONLINE Courses will continue uninterrupted and as currently scheduled.

The DAVE School campus will remain open for administrative activities only and staff will be available to address concerns from 9a-6p daily. Student access to the backlot is restricted at this time.

However, Virtual Student Services will be readily available to students who need assistance. We are here to support your transition and help guide you as you continue to engage in your classes — Please feel free to contact your faculty member directly or reach out to the school at 407-385-1100.

It is important that you pay close attention to Canvas notifications, phone, and email messages to stay informed as the situation is being monitored daily.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to evaluate and respond to this rapidly changing situation, guided by our priority to safeguard the health and well-being of our school family #OnlyatDAVE.

Gina Rhodes
Executive Director
The DAVE School

Saturday March 21, 2020

Message from our VP of Academics Leiby Adames-Boom

During this temporary interruption of ground classes, our faculty and staff are available for you to help you complete your assignments using our online learning management systems. You can attend virtual classes, conferences and access the resources you need to complete your class successfully for this term. We will schedule sessions in the labs once we are able to return to the campuses. I want you to be confident and do not give up! Our priority is that you are able to continue your education during this global emergency.

Engaging in your classes is important! We have available for you a Live Chat staffed with Student Services team from Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm during this emergency. Enter your name and password is student.

Visit our social media pages for updates.

We are truly in this together and want you to reach out to anyone of us for assistance during these difficult times.

Engage. Learn. Succeed

Leiby Adames-Boom
Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Updated on Friday, March 13, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.

Message from our President Dr. James M. Burkett

At DAVE School, the health, safety and well-being of our students and faculty is our priority. Over the past weeks, we have been actively monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. We are closely following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State, as well as state and local health officials.

At this time, our campuses will remain open for students and employees. More information will be shared here as it is developed.

Prevention is a key strategy with any virus, such as influenza or this coronavirus, so it is important to both protect yourself and take measures against spread to others.

The safety of our campus community is always our number one priority. I thank you for your patience and understanding, as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.


Dr. James M. Burkett


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth withunwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objectsand surfaces.