Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of tuition?
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 DMII at (318) 213-0788.
Are scholarships available?
Yes! Merit based scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Please contact us for more information on how to apply.
Does DMII accept the GI Bill®?
Yes! DMII accepts the GI Bill. For more information on education benefits for veterans and military service-members, please visit this link.
Where is the DMII?
Who attends the DMII?
What do I receive when I graduate?
Will I still have access to DMII after graduation?
Can I attend other schools while at DMII?
As an applicant I have a disability; can your school accommodate me?
What is DMII's policy on transfer credits?
Does DMII ever admit students with exception to the standard admissions policies?
DMII requires that to enroll in the school, students must be at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or GED. They must take an entrance exam and be interviewed by school administrators. The following are exemptions to some of the requirements in the standard admissions policy listed above:
- If a student is under the age of 18 but has a high school diploma or GED, they can be admitted to the program.
- If a student is a graduate of a high school program that offers a software vendor official certification in a computer graphics package that is used in the program they are applying to then they are exempt from taking the online assessment test. Current examples are: Adobe, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects. Autodesk Maya or the Unity Game Engine, or a certification in the programming language we use, C#.
Where can I find the Student Handbook?
Student Handbooks are available to all applicants upon request. Please contact us to request a copy.
What is DMII's cancellation and refund policy?
Should a student wish to withdraw after acceptance and registration, the following conditions will apply:
Three-Business-Day Cancellation: I understand that if for any reason I am unable to enter, all monies paid, including the non-refundable deposit and program fees will be refunded if requested within three business days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.
Cancellation after the three-business day cancellation period but before commencement of classes: Not more than $100 of the tuition and fees collected in advance of entrance shall be retained by the institution. Refunds for a student who does not begin classes shall be made within 30 days of the start of the quarter, term, or semester.
I understand that the withdrawal after commencement of classes refund policy shall be:
- During the first week of classes, the institution shall refund at least 90% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
- During the next three weeks of classes, the institution shall refund at least 75% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
- During the first 25% of the course, the institution shall refund at least 55% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
- During the second 25% of the course, the institution shall refund at least 30% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
- During the third and fourth 25% of the course, the institution shall retain 100% of the stated course price. Percentages of the course completion are to be computed on the basis of clock hours. For programs longer than one year (12 calendar months) in length, 100% of the stated program price attributable to the period beyond the first year will be refunded when the student withdraws during the prior period.
DMII does not require students to request a refund prior to issuing a tuition refund.
How do I get out of Loan Default?
If you are currently in default status for previous student loans, then you will not be eligible for any additional federal loans until your default status is resolved. There are 3 ways you can get out of loan default:
- Consolidate your loan-This is typically the best option of getting out of default quickly, as you are able to enter into an income-driven repayment plan. Also, for student loan borrowers with older loans, consolidation can make you eligible for newer repayment plans that may be more favorable. For more information, click here.
- Rehabilitate your loan- Make nine out of 10 on-time payments using the same formula as Income-Based Repayment, which would cap your monthly payment to 15 percent of your income or less. For many borrowers, this is the most practical option for getting out of default. For more information click here.
- Pay off your loan-You could choose to pay the full amount of what you owe on your loan to get out of default. The U.S. Department of Education will accept payment in the form of checks, money orders or credit or debit cards. For more information, click here.
Does DMII provide housing?
What types of courses are included in the curriculum?
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.
What kinds of jobs are available to me after I graduate?
- 3D Modeler
- 3D Texture Artist
- Rotoscope Artist
- Scene Layout Artist
- 2D Compositing Artist
- Various Programming Positions
- Software Development
- Interactive Content Creation
Is job placement counseling available?
What are the requirements for getting in to DMII?
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 DMII administrators. The prospective student will then receive an admissions decision.
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:
– drawing supplies
– a Wacom tablet
– a portable hard drive
– a USB flash drive
For the Interactive Software Development Program this includes:
– 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.