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Douglas Education Center
130 Seventh Street
Monessen, PA United States
15062


[P] +1 800.413.6013
[F] +1 724.684.7463
[E] dec@dec.edu


Sherry Lee Walters
Director of Admissions
[P] +1 724.653.2181


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• Tom Savni's Special Make-Up Effects Program Formed in 2000, Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program is a sixteen-month Associate in Specialized Business Degree Program. World-renowned special effects artist, Tom Savini, developed this signature program that has graduated students from 48 states and has achieved international attention. Tom Savini has been in the industry for over 30 years. He is responsible for revolutionizing many special make-up effects techniques that are still utilized today. Tom Savini tutored under Dick Smith who is considered to be the "Godfather" of the special make-up effects industry. Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program began with 24 students. With each subsequent class, the program has
gained great notoriety and accolades. Douglas Education Center makes every attempt to stay current with industry trends. Industry superstars Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB EFX Group regularly visit Douglas Education Center to provide industry insight, critique 4th semester student portfolios and perform seminars on recent make-up trends and techniques.
• Allan and Wilson's Digital Illustration Program was developed by Jim Allan and Phil Wilson, professionals in animation production with more than 60 years combined industry experience.
• Dorian's Fantasy Art Program Dorian's Fantasy Art Program is a one semester Diploma program. Created by Dorian Cleavenger, a world-renowned fantasy artist, Dorian's Fantasy Art Program prepares students with the skills necessary to become professional fantasy/sci-fi artists as to meet the industries growing needs for original
thinkers and designers.
• The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas Founded in 2008,
The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas is a sixteen-month Associate in Specialized Business Degree Program. The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program is a hands-on, modern approach to learning the art of filmmaking. Facilities include a soundstage with green screen, infinity wall, rooms for make-up, wardrobe and props, editing suites, a sound mixing studio, and a 50+ seat theater for film classes and
collaborating among other programs at DEC. Students learn techniques from industry professionals including Robert Tinnell, a motion picture screenwriter, director, and producer as well as the director of The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas.
• Graphic Design & Web Program Founded in 1999, the Graphic Design & Web Program is a sixteen-month Associate in Specialized Business Degree Program.

The educational facilities of Douglas are currently comprised of the original building at 130 Seventh Street where the administrative offices, computer labs, and classrooms are located and an Arts building located at 108 Eighth Street that houses the entertainment arts programs. This newly renovated facility emulates an actual Hollywood special effects studio containing everything from an FX workshop and fabrication room, to make-up and sculpting studios, as well as a state-of-the-art photography studio. It also houses a limited number of students in residence rooms on the third and fourth floors. The campus extends throughout the business community to include additional residence rooms, suites, and apartments, which are all within walking distance to the classrooms. Being located in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Douglas has been a member of the Mon Valley community since 1904 and has continually maintained its commitment to educational excellence. “Our long running success is due to the fact that while being ready, willing and able to adapt to the changes today’s employment market demands, we adamantly maintain our core belief and hold true to our original purpose as stated in our mission statement.”

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