Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy

Art Classes for the Movie, Video Game, Comic Book, and Practical FX Industries









The Denver Entertainment Art and Design Academy was created to offer those who wish to pursue an education in the entertainment industry the chance to get a Los Angeles quality art education while living in Colorado. From movies to video games to comic books and more, it's our goal to bring in teachers who are professionals in their industries to show students exactly what employers in their fields are looking for. Whether attending for fun or to one day work in one of the major entertainment industries, our goal is to build your portfolio, because that is what Art Departments care about above all else - that you can get the job done and have an eye for design.


Call 720-441-4636 with questions, to take a tour, or to enroll!

Or email for more information.


Instructed by Brandon Hovet

A maquette is a scale model sculpture of a full sized character or creature, created in the middle of pre-production design stages of a movie, television show, or video game, to see what the design will look like before a studio invests money in a full-sized suit or prop.  Creating the smaller maquette version first allows art directors to make changes or improvements to the design while it is still small and easy to manipulate.  Often, many maquettes may be created while searching for the definitive look of an important character or monster


The skills you learn from this course will allow you to sculpt your own scale monsters and characters, and give you valuable skills should you decide to pursue a profession in this field.


Five Saturdays November 9 to December 14 (no class Thanksgiving Weekend)

$400 plus supplies.  11am - 3pm. (add $35 new student app fee + $15 registration)



To enoll in classes, please call 720-354-0264 to set up an appointment, or you can now pay for classes online via PayPal!  With PayPal, it’s easy! Just go to the class(es) you want to take, add them to your cart, and choose “Bill Me Later” at checkout!


There are many ways to pay for your classes at the DEAD Academy. If at any time you have any questions, please call 720-354-0264 or email us.




We are now pleased to announce that with the help of PayPal, we can offer 6 month financing options on enrollments over $99 to those who qualify!  It’s as easy as clicking the “bill me later” button and filling in a few questions that PayPal needs to process the order! (You need to have a verified PayPal account to use this option, but once you do, things should go smoothly).


NOTE: Some students have had some trouble getting PayPal to display the “Bill Me Later” payment option upon checkout.  If this happens to you, there are two things you can do.  1) Visit the “Bill Me Later” website and set up your line of credit there first, then complete your enrollment.  To do this, go to and sign in with your PayPal login.  It will then help you finish the process.  2) Call PayPal’s customer support line at 888-215-5506 and tell them you are having problems with getting the “Bill Me Later” option to display.  We have spent a lot of time trying to work this out with PayPal, and it turns out it is not a problem with the DEAD Academy website.  If you have further questions, please call us at 720-354-0264.




We accept Checks and Money Orders through the mail. To apply via mail, please print out the Enrollment Form (above), fill it out, and include your method of payment. You can get your receipt from the Enrollment Desk once the check has cleared. If you wish us to mail your receipt, please include a SASE and we will do so.




In person at our facilities or events we attend, we can accept CASH, CHECK or CHARGE (Credit and Debit) payments.








New students must fill out an Application Form that we will keep on file. There is a one-time Application Fee of $35.





A registration fee of $15 per term applies to all students enrolling in five week or a ten week classes.





Only legitimate absences due to serious illness, family emergencies, or similar serious reasons can be made up.  Laziness or lack of motivation related absences are not legitimate reasons, and the Academy sees no reason to reward such choices.  We were very lenient in the past, but it added significantly to our costs to find ways for repeatedly absent students to make up classes.  If a class is missed or cancelled and it is our fault (teacher absence, emergency, scheduling problem), we will make up the class at a set date as soon as we can, usually added to the end of the current term.




Most classes have supplies and materials that the student will need to provide.  These can vary from a few dollars for some of the foundation art classes, to hundreds of dollars for the advanced monster makeup/SFX classes.  See class descriptions for more details.




Students may enroll in classes after the first week for an adjusted amount.




We reserve the right to provide qualified substitutes for our instructors in the event of professional or personal changes to the schedule.




A $30 fee will be charged for all returned checks.




Due to the small size of our classes, and a minimum number of students needed by some teachers to run their classes, we must be informed at least two weeks prior to the first class if you need a tuition refund.  After that time, money has gone into the class, teacher and supplies.  See below for refund amounts based on timeliness:


Less than 2 weeks prior to first class – 75% refund


After First Class – 50% refund


After Second Class – 25% refund


After Third Class – no refund


All refund requests must be made in writing and either handed to an Administrator or sent via certified mail.  Refund requests may take up to 4-6 weeks to process.




Some classes require a minimum number of students in order for the class to run. If enrollment falls below this minimum, the class will be cancelled or postponed to the following term. Students will have the option of moving to another class (refund/pay difference in class cost), forwarding payment to the following term, or applying for a refund.


We cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing refunds, credits or transfers for course or workshop sessions missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control. We reserve the right to change or amend policies and/or schedules. DEAD Academy | 841 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204 |


Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy

841 Santa Fe Dr   Denver, CO 80204     720-441-INFO

(C) 2014 Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy, LLC