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 $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?
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.
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 supply fees. 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. The supplies fee also covers an access card and parking.