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DAVE School Expands Curriculum with Graduate-Level Maya Program

Alias announced that The DAVE School (The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School) has added a graduate level Maya software training course to its curriculum. The course, which focuses on art creation, is offered free to all graduates of The DAVE School.

The computer graphics and visual effects business is growing enormously and we have identified Maya as a tool of choice for that industry, says Jeff Scheetz, founder/director of The DAVE School. Knowing Maya is a definite advantage for our graduates to access the enormous employment opportunities within the games, film and broadcast sectors.

The Maya Foundations program is an added benefit for DAVE School graduates and runs for three months. The Maya software classes run throughout the year and are an intensive program involving 120 hours of classroom instruction and unlimited lab time to complete the assignments.

First, DAVE School covers the basics of Maya: modeling methods, texturing, rigging and animation, lighting, shadows and rendering, as well as workflow.

After the basics are understood, an assignment is begun which sees each student design, present, build, texture and animate their own vehicle or weapon for game making. The students are then paired up to model each others designs. Finally, they cover employment strategies the demo reel, interviewing and work experience.

Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, Web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets. Alias is headquartered in Toronto with a Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara and offices worldwide. Please visit or call (800) 447-2542 in North America.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, The DAVE School is a premiere educational facility for computer artists focusing on animation and visual effects for TV, film and games. Established by Jeff and Anne Scheetz in 2000, The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School teaches employable skills in the art of computer animation and visual effects creation. For more information, visit or call (407) 224-DAVE (3283).

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