Frequently Asked Questions

General

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 $26,000. An additional required fee for supplies is $1,730. 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! The Creative Excellence Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to students whose submitted portfolios meet the criteria of the portfolio guidelines, which are available upon request. There is also a scholarship available to those applying for Game Development. Louisiana residents may qualify for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) scholarships because DMII is an approved training provider. WIA is the federally funded program that provides scholarships to students interested in workforce generated training that leads to a career. Please call your local Business Career Solutions Center here for more information on WIA scholarships. The DMII also provides need-based financial aid. The FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment conducts an analysis to determine the financial need of applicants. After the completion of an online application, the applicant must submit income documents and tax forms to the FACTS system. The system also offers payment plans to make monthly installments for tuition. Though the DMII does not currently accept any FAFSA or federal aid, merit and need-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants. The DMII will provide contacts for student loan options, if requested.
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?
The DMII is located at 2031 Kings Highway in Shreveport, La.
Who attends the DMII?
Students at the DMII come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Some attend the Institute from high school while others may have earned several college degrees. However, DMII students, despite prior education or age, are looking to embark on new career paths, enhance current career skills or start businesses.
What do I receive when I graduate?
Students will receive a Certificate in Animation, Visual Effects and Interactive Content or a Certificate in Interactive Software Development. The DMII is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Will I still have access to DMII after graduation?
All graduates can access the DMII Flex Lab for one year after their dates of graduation.
Can I attend other schools while at DMII?
It is recommended that you not attend another school while at DMII. The nature of the courses coupled with the schedule of the classes creates a situation in which success is unlikely. DMII will not yield with your schedule for another school.
As an applicant I have a disability; can your school accommodate me?
DMII’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.
What is DMII's policy on transfer credits?
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, DMII will not likely take academic credits from other institutions; however, we will evaluate all previous education and training. DMII 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 DMII. DMII 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 DMII 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. DMII 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 DMII to other institutions DMII 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 DMII it is unlikely that any credits earned at DMII will be transferable to or accepted by another post-secondary institution. Decisions concerning the acceptance of credits earned in any program taken at DMII 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.  
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:

 

  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#.
Where can I find the Student Handbook?

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

Housing

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

Courses

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.

Career Fields

What kinds of jobs are available to me after I graduate?
Skills obtained at the DMII can apply to a variety of fields. Some students at the DMII 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
Is job placement counseling available?
In addition to the in program job transition resources and instruction the DMII provides students approaching graduation placement counseling on an individual basis. Resources are also made available including post graduation lab access for one year after successful completion of the program. During this period additional job counseling is available on request.   Students are also connected into the DMII alumni community online leveraging relationships they have made in class as part of a career-long network that will aid in ongoing employment networking, both today and in the future. The DMII also provides graduates opportunities to access to local business partners who are working on digital media projects through the Flex Lab. This access gives graduates the ability to prove themselves, improve their portfolio and interface with local employers and decision-makers.

Requirements

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 supply fees. For the AVEI Program this includes:

 

– textbooks

– drawing supplies

– a Wacom tablet

– a portable hard drive

– a USB flash drive

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. The supplies fee also covers an access card and parking.