1-Year Certificate Program : 1030 Hours

VFX Animation Course

Digital animation and VFX

Digital Animation & VFX

What Is Digital Animation and VFX?

The Digital Animation and Visual Effects program is an accelerated, full-time program taught by industry-veteran instructors on the same state-of-the-art technology used by major film and game studios. Completion of this certificate program will prepare students for entry into the digital media industry with a professional demo reel showcasing their skills in animation and visual effects. Our students find career paths in digital content for film, television, video games, and more!

How Does It Work?

The Digital Animation and Visual Effects program is a one-year (or one-and-a-half-year) intensive course split into two terms, 2D and 3D. As our students progress through the D-AVE program, they master the software and techniques used in the digital media industry. Through their work in the program, students will build an impressive portfolio of work to showcase their skills to prospective employers.

When Can I Start?

There are two annual enrollment periods in August and January. Classes are held on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and night classes are from 6:00 – 10:00 PM CST. To learn more about enrolling into our program, taking a tour of our facility, and the interview process, please fill out the contact form below.

Digital Animation and Visual Effects Course Instructors

The faculty at DMI is comprised of industry professionals who have years of experience in the fields of game development, visual effects, digital compositing, and digital marketing (depending on their expertise). DMI prides itself on our excellent and highly experienced staff, with whom students work closely with during their program.

Alternate Locations​

Through our partnership programsDigital Animation and VFX is now being offered via distance resource sites* at multiple colleges throughout the state of Louisiana. Participating colleges include: The University of New Orleans, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, and Nunez Community College in Chalmette!

*Resource sites allow students to use a classroom environment to remotely attend the courses in a lab as they wish, with a distraction free environment and high-quality internet bandwidth and dedicated remote support.

Attending courses taught by DMI at any of these partnering schools means undertaking the same intensive, accelerated certificate program taught to students at our Shreveport location.

Digital Animation & VFX 100% Online

Digital Animation & VFX online is the same high-quality and intensive 1030-hour program we offer on-site at DMI, but in the convenience of your home!

The online version of the Digital Animation and VFX program is designed for working adults. Classes are 5-hours a day and synchronous with real-time, 2-way video between instructor and teaching assistant.

Day Classes: Students attending Digital Animation & VFX online for the day section attend classes synchronously with the in-person  students from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (CST).

Night Classes: Students attending Digital Animation & VFX online for the night section attend classes from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (CST), and the night section runs for a year and a half.

Testimonials

Digital Animation and Visual Effects FAQ

If you want to enter the animation or visual effects industry, attending the Digital Media Institute’s D-AVE program is the quickest and most efficient method. Students who enroll in this program are not required to take an extensive general education curriculum and can quickly learn the skills they will need to land a job in the industry.

The visual effects software most commonly used in Hollywood are Nuke, MAYA, and Adobe After Effects, which are all taught at the Digital Media Institute.

Some of the first digital effects used in a film were used in the 1982 film Tron, although such technology wasn’t used widespread until the early 1990s.

Digital Animation & VFX is offered both in-person at our Shreveport, LA facility and online, day or night! All equipment, hardware, and software needed to complete this program is provided to our students. DMI is nationally accredited and accepts financial aid, scholarships, the GI Bill, and TOPS Tech! The one-year accelerated format makes it faster than ever to thoroughly prepare for a career in digital media, and our job placement follow-up can help you take that first step towards your exciting new professional life! 

This is a 12-month course held 9AM – 3PM, Monday through Friday.

It is divided into 2 terms:

  • 2D Components
  • 3D Components

Attendance is essential to course completion. Throughout the course, students an individual demo reel representing their skills in various VFX tasks. Group projects will also showcase their skills for prospective employers. 

  • Digital Animation & VFX Classes have 2 enrollment periods in August and January. 
  • For any questions, please contact recruiting at (318) 213-0788
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  • Compositing (2D and 3D Methods)
  • Rotoscoping (Best Practices)
  • Matchmoving (2D and 3D Camera and Object Tracking)
  • Keying (Blue/Green Screen)
  • Production Principles
  • 3D Integration
    • Motion Graphics
    • Design Principles
    • Color Principles
    • Animatics
    • Final Group Project
    • Collaboration
  • 3D Modeling
    • Hard-Surface, Sculpting, and UV Flow
  • Game Assets
    • Integration and Optimization
  • Lighting
    • Environment and Traditional Photographic Techniques
  • Texturing
    • Utilizing Physically Based Rendering and Procedural
  • Character Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Animation
  • Motion Capture
  • Final Group Project Collaboration
    • Emphasized Throughout the Term

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Careers in 3D

3d Modeling

3D modelers create the geometric structure of what we see on screen. The modeler creates organic characters and inorganic environments for video games, VR, AR and movies as well as images and modeling for websites, still CGI rendering, animation, film effects, simulations, broadcast design, special effects, characters and props for film, and television effects. These multi-talented professionals also create images/models for geologists, architects, scientists, engineers, healthcare agencies, and more.

Animator

3D animators are responsible for creating movement in film, television, and game development. Animators bring life to characters and help tell stories through traditional key frame methods, and employ advanced methods including motion capture and simulation.

Interactive Content designers

Interactive Content designers will often work closely with other members of a team to create content for video games for computers and video game consoles. With emergent interactive fields like Virtual reality and Augmented reality, the demand for content designers is growing.

CG Generalist

3D modelers create the geometric structure of what we see on screen. The modeler creates organic characters and inorganic environments for video games, VR, AR and movies as well as The CG Generalist has all the basic skills to complete a content driven project, from 3D modeling, texturing, animation to lighting, shading and rendering through finial compositing. 

Motion Graphic Designer

3D animators are responsible for creating movement in film, television, and game development. Animators bring life to characteThe Motion Graphics Designer combines both 2D and 3D skills along with a strong motion design sensibility to create successful branding for a client. 

Compositor

Interactive Content designers will often work closely with other members of a team to create content for video games for computers aThe Compositor brings it all together; combining, integrating and retouching motion images for a variety of media. Some compositors focus their talents in film, television and streaming content enhancing or adding in CGI visual effects. Others specialize in rotoscoping, 2d/3D tracking for broad content areas including Stereoscopic conversion. 

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