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TOM SAVINI’S SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS PROGRAMASSOCIATE IN SPECIALIZED BUSINESS DEGREE

THE PROGRAMPROGRAM COVERSTOM SAVINIALUMNI SUCCESS
Perhaps there is no program in the world more defined by the people inside it, or by the spirit, energy, and imagination that they embody. Take your imagination where it’s never gone before! Join the thousands of students from all over the world who have embarked on the journey that is… Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program. You always knew you were different. And you’re finally listening to the little voice inside of you – the voice of creative reason. Now let us help you hone your skills as we teach you how to bring your drawings to life and nightmares to reality. This is your life. This is your dream. OWN IT.

  • Sculpting
  • Creature Design
  • Painting Techniques
  • Appliance Prosthetics
  • Hair & Beard Application
  • Airbrush Illustration
  • Budgets
  • Character Make-Up
  • Cosmetic Make-Up
  • Eyes & Teeth
  • Animatronics
  • Life Casting
  • Mold Making
  • Anatomy
  • Props
  • ZBrush
The Godfather of Gore. The Sultan of Splatter. Tom Savini is a legend in the world of special make-up effects. His work revolutionized the horror genre. His filmography of special make-up effects is impressive.
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Tom Savini’s Make-Up Credits Include:

  • Friday the 13th
  • Friday the 13th IV
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Day of the Dead
  • Creepshow
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
  • Monkey Shines
  • The Burning
  • Killing Zoe
  • Invasion USA
  • Martin
  • Red Scorpion
  • Trauma
  • Two Evil Eyes
  • Maniac

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“If you’re thinking about coming to Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program just STOP. Stop THINKING about it and just DO it. Aren’t we talking about making your dreams come true? Our students’ attitude is ‘This is school?’… because they are having so much fun every day doing what they love… and… they get a degree!”Tom Savini 
EMPLOYERS OF DEC ALUMNI INCLUDE:

  • Burman Industries
  • KNB Effects Group
  • Maverick Dental Laboratory
  • McFarlane Toys
  • MTV / BET
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • Spector Studios
  • Schell Studios
  • Quantum Creation Effects
  • Touch Bionics Living Skin (Prosthetics Lab)
  • Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
  • Albensi Dental Labs
  • Life’s a Beach, Inc.
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Trick or Treat Studios
  • Scallon Studios
  • MAC Cosmetics
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FACULTY
Jerry Gergely

Jerry Gergely // Director of Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program

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William Ritter

William Ritter // Instructor

A.S.B. Douglas Education Center

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Shawn Ronzio

Shawn Ronzio // Instructor

A.S.T. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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Jesse Lechok

Jesse Lechok // Instructor

A.S.T. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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Dejah Gilgour

Dejah Gilgour // Instructor

A.S.B. Douglas Education Center

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Christopher Gilgour

Christopher Gilgour // Instructor

A.S.B. Douglas Education Center

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PORFOLIO AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
 DEC recognizes the importance of students developing professional portfolios. The Portfolio and Career Development Center was created to give students in the art and entertainment disciplines a professional area for portfolio foundation. The Center is open to all students and they are encouraged to utilize it frequently so that their portfolios contain their absolute best work. Services at The Center include professional photographs of student work, information on how to light pieces for photography purposes, how to use social media, and assistance with layout and design to be able to create a comprehensive and compelling portfolio.
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