Starting January 2022, The DAVE School will offer a fully residential course option for our VFX, GAME, and Virtual Production diploma students. Students will have the choice to register for either our hybrid delivery option featuring nine (9) months of live online classes and a three (3) month studio residency, OR choose our fully residential class delivery for the duration of their program. DAVE School Administrative Staff & Faculty are excited to offer both options for the upcoming year. Our fully residential classes will be a great method for those who prefer an in-person learning style and like the buzz of an urban campus.
Visual Effects (VFX) is the essence of a movie or TV show once the filming is complete, the explosions, the falling helicopters, or the transformation from 21st century New York into 1920’s New York. Scenes that are too hard or dangerous to film, such as smoke, water, and oceans, or worlds and environments come to life through Visual Effects.
The DAVE School VFX Diploma program spans 12-months and offers scheduled starts each Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Its uniquely flexible, hybrid format combines nine months of live, online classes with three months of in- person learning here at our Orlando, Florida campus. Students get to refine their skills in an immersive combination of project-based workflows and applied studio skills, preparing them for their advancement into the VFX workplace.
Game production is about imagining and building entire worlds from scratch and devising immersive experiences that can adapt to the demands of user play in real-time. Our GAME PRODUCTION students share much of the initial introduction to their craft with our VFX crew, as the fundamental skills required in 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, and composition have a lot of overlap.
The DAVE School Game Production Diploma (GPD) program spans 12 months and offers scheduled starts each Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. Its uniquely flexible, hybrid format combines nine months of live, online classes with three months of on-campus lessons in Orlando, Florida. During this three-month studio residency, students work together under the direct guidance of their instructors on pre-production techniques of a real game of their making.
Our flagship Virtual Production (VP) diploma teaches everything from both the VFX and GAME programs and real-time technologies. Students will learn how to use LED wall virtual sets, lighting and production techniques for photo-real, real-time production, emerging production technologies, and many leading-edge approaches to the ever-evolving world of contemporary media creation.
Any student in our VFX or GAME diploma can choose to extend their initial 12-month choice into this new Virtual Production program. The six-month campus residency allows students to put their learned skills together with the development of two VFX projects, managed as if they were already working for a VFX studio.
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.
The DAVE School is an academic unit of NUC University (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) 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) are included in this accreditation. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).