Douglas Education Center (DEC), a creative career school located just 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh, is already home to Tom Savini’s monstrously successful Special Make-Up Effects Program, which began in 2000 and has graduated hundreds of students from all over the country. DEC offers many other programs besides make-up effects, including graphic design, illustration, cosmetology, and starting in February, Tom Savini’s Digital Film Production Program. Each student entering the 16-month program receives a video camera and a laptop computer fully equipped with software for all their filmmaking needs. As part of the curriculum, they will work on real productions, alongside instructors culled from the entertainment industry, utilizing high definition cameras, professional lighting equipment and a newly constructed soundstage. Planned projects include music videos, trailers to present to the American Film Market, feature films, and even pilots for reality television shows. Call the Douglas admissions department at 800/413-6013 x100 or visit online at