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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.

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:

  1. During the first week of classes, the institution shall refund at least 90% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
  2. During the next three weeks of classes, the institution shall refund at least 75% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
  3. During the first 25% of the course, the institution shall refund at least 55% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
  4. During the second 25% of the course, the institution shall refund at least 30% of tuition, less the registration fee, thereafter;
  5. 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.

DMI does not require students to request a refund prior to issuing a tuition refund.

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:

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.

Policy on the transfer of students and credits The Digital Media Institute at InterTech is a private institution and reserves the right to be selective in its choice of students for enrollment. Because of our unique curriculum and model, DMI will not likely take academic credits from other institutions; however, we will evaluate all previous education and training. DMI will allow advanced placement to students who have completed an official certification from a software vendor in a computer graphics package (current list is available on our website) that is used in the program they are applying to.   

Veteran’s Credit for Previous Education Students must report all previous education and training to DMI. DMI will evaluate and grant credit, if appropriate, with the training time shortened, the tuition reduced proportionately, and the Veteran’s Administration and student notified.   

Transfer of credits within DMI Once a student has begun the AVEI or ISD program, they are expected to stay with that program for its entirety. In the event that a student wishes to transfer from one program to another, he or she must do so prior to the end of the first week of classes. In the event there is not an available section the student may join the next available class.  After one week, the student must wait to enter until the next session of transfer target program is available. DMI does not permit transfers of credits between programs internally.   

Enrolling in consecutive programs If a student decides to take both programs consecutively, they are exempt from taking the online assessment for the second program, but no credits or other exemptions will be allowed and the student must have completed successfully and be in good standing. Transfer of credits from DMI to other institutions DMI makes no representation whatsoever concerning the transferability of any credits earned at the school to another institution.  Do to the unique nature of the programs at DMI it is unlikely that any credits earned at DMI will be transferable to or accepted by another post-secondary institution. Decisions concerning the acceptance of credits earned in any program taken at DMI are made at the discretion of the receiving institution. The student must contact the registrar of the receiving institution to determine what credits earned at the school, if any, that institution will accept.  

DMI 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:

  1. If a student is under the age of 18 but has a high school diploma or GED, they can be admitted to the program.
  1. 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#.

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.