Frequently Asked Questions

Answers for parents and students
  • How long are the programs?

    The Visual Effects Program is 12 months

    The Game Production program is 12 months

    The Bachelor’s in Motion Graphics is 36 months

    The Bachelor’s in Production Programming is 36 months

  • What prerequisites do I need?

    Prospective students must furnish proof of a high school diploma or equivalent. If an applicant is under 18, he or she must provide written consent of his or her parent or guardian. Applicants are not required to have any previous computer graphics experience, but a strong work ethic and a burning desire to become a 3D artist are necessary. Applicants should also possess basic computer and internet usage skills. We do not have a traditional art prerequisite. While drawing and painting are valuable skills that can be useful in certain job markets, we believe that 3D modeling and animation is a completely unique art form. In fact, we place equal value on experience in film making, acting, theater, lighting, stagecraft, web-design, programming, painting, writing, music, sculpture, model building, crafts or just about any creative endeavor. Ultimately we are seeking students who are creative by nature, not intimidated by conceptual challenges, don’t mind working long hours, enjoy problem-solving, and are driven to excellence. For more information, you may review the application requirements on the Apply Now page

  • What qualifies for general education classes to transfer?

    Ground Degree programs will require students to transfer (at no cost) or pay an additional fee ($399) for remaining General Education Courses and remaining electives ($1070).

    • Cultural Studies
    • Humanities
    • Introduction to Film and Visual Analysis
    • Introduction to Screenwriting
    • Introduction to Art
    • Visual Culture: Media, Art, and Technology
    • New Media and Digital Technologies
    • Art, Design, and Electronic Culture
    • Introduction to Algebra
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Social Psychology
  • Are these degree programs?

    The DAVE School offers certificate programs in Visual Effects Production and Game Production at our Orlando Campus and Bachelor degrees in Motion Graphics and Production Programming online.

  • I have no modeling/animation experience. Will that be a problem?

    We start our programs at a very basic level. Prior experience would be beneficial but is not required.

  • Do I need my own computer?

    There is no requirement to have your own computer, although we highly recommend you own one. The school provides access to our facilities for computer and lab usage which will house all software needed. If you would like, our IT department can help you build a custom computer to meet the most demanding 3D/VFX needs. Click here for recommended hardware

  • Will I be able to get a job once I finish my training at the Dave School?

    Our programs are designed to get students to a production-ready level at the end of their training. DAVE School graduates regularly go on to work at top film and gaming studios directly following graduation.

  • What type of salary can I expect as a 3D/Visual Effects artist?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median salary for Multimedia Artists and Animators is between $44,710 and $77,010, with top level artists making over $100,000 per year.

  • Do you help with grad placement?

    Yes. Our career services department focuses on preparing students, from the very first class, on interviewing skills and professional-level demo reels. Once a demo reel is deemed ready to be seen by professional studios, the career services department will send it out to prospective employers. In addition, studios are flown in to personally view the students’ reels and have individual contact with them. Once a student graduates, she will always be eligible to receive placement assistance from the DAVE School.

  • Is there financial aid?

    Our financing department assists students with obtaining the resources necessary to attend the DAVE School. While we are not able to accept the FAFSA at this time, we direct students to alternative resources to assist them.

  • Do you have housing?

    EDURent has partnered with The DAVE School to help students find the ideal student housing solution. EDUrent will even assist students in finding a roommate. EDUrent can be reached via their website at or phone 855-508-8300. This is a separate fee from tuition.

  • Do you have classes online?

    Yes we do! Choose from one of many specialized career tracks in the Production Programming Bachelor’s Degree or Motion Graphics Bachelor’s Degree programs. Learn more

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Business Hours

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Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST.