DAVE School Announces New Diploma Class Schedules

After much planning and consideration, DAVE School is excited to announce the modifications of its diploma course schedules to better fit the needs of our students and faculty. 

These changes will allow for a better school-life balance, more in-depth interaction between faculty and students and provide more time for students to explore part-time job opportunities. 

“I am thrilled about the upcoming changes to our diploma class structure. We have developed a schedule that will not only continue to help our students succeed, but will progress DAVE School forward. This new structure will allow our students to recharge and prepare themselves for the upcoming weeks,” stated Executive Director Gina Rhodes. 

The biggest of these changes will be reflected in DAVE’s online class schedules with newly created faculty-led labs designed to promote immediate feedback and skill development. These labs will help provide tactical support for student projects. Finally, additional hours will be added to DAVE’s Studio Residency here in Orlando which is made up of Blocks 402 and 502. Student schedules will closely reflect a studio work day. This schedule will prepare students for entry into the industry upon graduation.

Benefits of the Diploma Class Modifications:

There are many benefits to our diploma class modifications. From better school/life balance to having more time to learn, our students and faculty will have a better hybrid experience with our new diploma class structure.

Benefit #1: Better School/Life Balance

The opportunity to participate in faculty-led labs online will reduce the amount of time students and faculty spend commuting to and from classes held on campus. For those of us that have other responsibilities or want to work while going to school, these changes will help you balance school and life better.

Benefit #2: A Flexible Schedule

In addition to a better school/life balance our students and faculty will experience a more flexible schedule. Giving them a better opportunity to plan around online lectures and in person lab work.

Benefit #3 More Time to Learn

Adding additional hours to the Studio Residency will allow our students to received additional guidance and instructions from DAVE School faculty. Some skills and knowledge are best learned in the studio with immediate feedback from instructors and the ability to network with classmates. This gives our students more time to learn when they need it most.

The following changes are being introduced to Online diploma classes:

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST with a 2 hour break beginning at 4:00 pm mandatory lab hours from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST with a 1 hour break at 11:00 am.

During mandatory lab hours, no new material will be introduced as students will be interacting and working on course concepts with their instructor.

DAVE School will no longer be offering Friday classes.

The studio residency schedule will be as follows:

Classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

DAVE School will no longer be offering Friday classes.

These course schedule changes will take effect for our current students in Blocks 101, 201, 402 and 502 beginning May 24th. Students in Block 302 will be starting their transition on Monday, June 14th.

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)