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general

Tuition to earn a one-year certification in Animation, Visual Effects and Interactive Content or Interactive Software Development is $27,730. This includes all books and supplies required for the program.  Most students are awarded a scholarship or aid, resulting in a lower tuition. Payment plans and loan options are also available and can be customized to fit student’s needs.  To complete a scholarship or aid application, please call the DMI at (318) 213-0788.

Yes! Merit based scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Please contact us for more information on how to apply.

Yes! DMI accepts the GI Bill. For more information on education benefits for veterans and military service-members, please visit this link.

DMI would be happy to recommend housing in the area, though the school does not provide housing.  If you are interested in attending DMI and need housing, please contact us at 318-213-0788.

Students will receive a Certificate in Animation, Visual Effects and Interactive Content or a Certificate in Interactive Software Development. The DMI is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

All graduates can access the DMI Flex Lab for one year after their dates of graduation.

It is recommended that you not attend another school while at DMI. The nature of the courses coupled with the schedule of the classes creates a situation in which success is unlikely. DMI will not yield with your schedule for another school.

DMI’s process for disclosing a disability is on our application, and where appropriate submitting a current college level IEP (Individual Learning Plan for the learning disabled) or other documentation during the enrollment process.

Student Handbooks are available to all applicants upon request. Please contact us to request a copy.

The staff and administration at the DMII are focused on improving the quality of the education and experience of our students. We value our students input and work to listen to any input. Students are encouraged to comment on all aspects of the experience from instruction, curriculum, the facility or administration, we welcome student input.

 

Should an issue arise, students should be made aware that they have rights and responsibilities that are critical to the resolution of any complaint, difficulty, or issue.

 

Procedure to Responding to Student Complaints

Step One:

The person in charge of the area that is at issue should be the first one informed. So, if there were a problem with the classroom or equipment therein, the instructor would be the first person a student should speak to. It is not permitted that issues or complaints be addressed during instructional periods. Students wishing to address an issue must schedule time outside of the instructional time to discuss it with the instructor.

 

Step Two:

Should the issue remain unresolved; the student will be asked to fill out the official complaint form (the Administrative Assistant will provide form upon request) that will be referred to the executive director of the DMII. Should the student or group of students feel more comfortable using a representative from the class as the voice, that will be acceptable.

 

The Executive Director and administration will respond to your official written complaint in writing and meet with impacted parties in person to work to resolve it.

 

Only after the student has unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the matter with the school after having first filed a written and signed complaint with the school’s officials, they may proceed to step three.

 

Step Three:

Should the student have not resolved the issue, they are encouraged to seek the advice of the Louisiana Board of Regents. Student complaints relative to actions of school officials shall be addressed to the Louisiana Board of Regents, Proprietary Schools Section, P. O. Box 3677, Baton Rouge, LA, 70821-3677, Phone 225-342-4253.

 

In the case that where a complaint remains unresolved student complaints shall be addressed to the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350. Toll-Free 800-917-2081 www.council.org.

requirements

Prospective students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Prospective students must first fill out an online application, along with submitting an application fee, a letter of intent, and an official high school transcript. Once your application is received we will send you a link to our online assessment. After the score is evaluated, the prospective student will be asked to attend an interview with DMI administrators. The prospective student will then receive an admissions decision.

Students at the DMI come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Some attend the Institute from high school while others may have earned several college degrees. However, DMI students, despite prior education or age, are looking to embark on new career paths, enhance current career skills or start businesses.

Courses

DMI offers day and night sessions which are both one year in length and students leave with extensive training in industry-standard programs and applications.

The Digital Media Institute offers two programs: The Animation, Visual Effects, and Interactive Content Program This one-year program consists of two terms: 2D and 3D. The entire program is 1,030 hours of in-class instruction and lab time, and students must complete both terms to earn a certification. Students do not choose just one concentration but receive a well-rounded education in animation and visual effects for film, television and gaming. The maximum number of students in a class is 32 per session. During the program, students work in teams in a studio and lab environment to complete a demo reel, a 2D final project and a 3D final project.

The Interactive Software Development Program This one-year program is 1,024 hours of in-class instruction and lab time. Students get an in depth education in C# programming and use of the Unity Gaming Engine. The maximum number of students in a class is 32 per session. During the program, students work towards completing multiple games, both classic and original.

Career Fields

What kinds of jobs are available to me after I graduate?

Skills obtained at the DMI can apply to a variety of fields. Some students at the DMI are searching for a new career, like working in a studio. Others are looking to enhance their skills to be more versatile in their current roles, and some may want to start their own businesses doing pre and post production work.   

A few career examples are:

  • 3D Modeler
  • 3D Texture Artist
  • Rotoscope Artist
  • Scene Layout Artist
  • 2D Compositing Artist
  • Various Programming Positions
  • Software Development
  • Interactive Content Creation

Supplies

What books/resources do I need?

The required supplies are issued at the beginning of the program and are included in the tuition. For the AVEI Program this includes:

  • textbooks
  • drawing supplies
  • a Wacom tablet
  • a portable hard drive
  • a USB flash drive
  • high performance laptop

For the Interactive Software Development Program this includes:

  • textbooks
  • laptop computer
  • a portable hard drive – a USB flash drive

Students do not need to buy computers, as the DMII provides computers. The student will be able to keep all supplies after graduation.