DMII is Nationally Accredited!

For Immediate Release: 07.26.2017 Contact: Courtney Spradlin 318.716.4115 Courtney.Spradlin@BRFLA.org Digital Media Institute at InterTech now nationally accredited and participating in federal student aid programs The Digital Media Institute at InterTech (DMII), a one-year, accelerated digital media education program located in Shreveport, has been accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education(COE).* This accreditation puts DMII on the national stage as a high-quality school that exceeds quality standards and has accountability for operations and student outcomes. DMII has been further authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in federal financial aid programs such as the Pell grant program and federally backed student loans. DMII Executive Director John Miralles said the school, which has been open three and a half years, expects to see growth of the programs following accreditation. DMII offers two intensive model certificate programs, Interactive Software Development, and the other, Animation, Visual Effects, and Interactive Content, that are open to students who wish to pursue education and employment in the digital media sector. “DMII is the only North Louisiana institute of its kind or digital media education program, including local two- and four-year universities, that is nationally accredited specifically to deliver training that can lead to employment in these exponentially growing technology driven industries. Accreditation by the COE means DMII exceeds tracked program completion and student placement requirements,” Miralles said. DMII’s overall completion rate is 75 percent, and its placement rate is 80 percent. Miralles said this means DMII students are more likely to complete their programs and find placement in their desired occupational fields. “Most people are surprised to learn that digital media...

DMII Fall 2015 graduate Max Honig working at KTBS as motion graphics supervisor!

Max Honig, a DMII graduate, is making waves using the skills he learned in the Animation, Visual Effects, and Interactive Content Program.  Shortly after he graduated in 2015, KTBS 3 News hired Max as an Animation and Graphic Design Specialist to work on motion graphics. Max says that his education at DMII opened the door to a professional career and prepared him for the challenges ahead. “It broke the barrier between me (someone who doubts their abilities constantly) and the hugely scary world of design and animation,” says Max. “It made that world accessible to me.” Max, who develops the graphics and animations for newscasts, community projects, yearly events, and web, says that his work on a commercial for a Natchitoches based Pharmaceutical company was daunting at first, but the experience was invaluable. “The freedom I was given to design and animate the script was scary. I was responsible for bringing someone’s idea to life… oi! It all worked out though, everybody thought it was great and I learned a ton,” says Max. He went on to say that every project he’s worked on has taught him something that has ultimately made him a better artist and that he would recommend DMII to others. “It’s a great way to get an enormous amount of information and skill into your brain and hands in a short amount of...

DMII graduates land on the Moon

Digital Media Institute at InterTech alumni complete internships at Emmy Award winning Moonbot Studios Two Digital Media Institute at InterTech (DMII) graduates recently completed internships at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, and more are planned between the institute and the animation, gaming and storytelling studio for the future. Anna Buller and Aaron Culpepper both graduated from DMII’s one-year, accelerated Animation, Visual Effects and Interactive Content program, in which they learned to create advanced digital media content, earning skills such as 3D modeling, texturing, animation, motion capture, film technology, digital compositing and editing. Buller’s time with Moonbot was spent applying her certification in a real-world setting, receiving mentorship in the areas of 3D modeling and lighting from the studio’s technical directors while creating a new project for her portfolio.  “For my project, my goal was to create a scene reminiscent of the work produced at Moonbot: something that would recall childhood elation,” Buller said. “My inspiration came from a photograph of my father, when he was two, sitting on an antique rocking horse, wearing only a cowboy hat and diaper.”  Buller plans to continue freelancing and growing her skills. She hopes to ultimately find full-time employment in the industry.   Culpepper’s area of passion and expertise is in rigging, the process of adding a skeletal-like structure to characters, a map that allows animators to make the characters’ movements and actions truer to life. During Culpepper’s internship at Moonbot he was assigned a character to be rigged, a feature that would be built into his own portfolio.  “The people at Moonbot showed me some tricks along the way. There are a million...
AVEA Screening & Ceremony June 28!

AVEA Screening & Ceremony June 28!

The seventh annual Animation and Visual Effects Academy (AVEA) will have a screening of their short film The Amulet of Moranmu on Sunday June 28th at 11am at the Robinson Film Center!  This is the second summer that AVEA has been held here at the Digital Media Institute at InterTech.   The Animation and Visual Effects Academy is a summer program held in June for high school students that provides hands ­on training in computer animation and filmmaking.  Topics covered in this program include desktop graphics, filmmaking theory, film shooting and...