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Choose IPR because its faculty, equipment and placement services give you an edge in an constantly evolving industry.
Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for a wide range of positions in the production and business of the media arts. We specialize in training for production (not simply engineering), which consists of three major elements: the creative skills of a producer, the technical skills of an engineer and the business skills of an entrepreneur.
There are many reasons why we feel IPR is a solid choice: experienced instructors with real field experience, high-tech facilities and equipment, more opportunities for independent studio time, smaller class sizes, career services and much more.
When comparing schools, we suggest spending some time to research three main components:
Basic admissions requirements are as follows:
Our admissions team meets with each student individually for a informational session. The interview gives you the chance to hear about the school in detail, get your questions answered, see the studios and workstations where you'll learn and train and determine if IPR is the right choice for you. The interview gives us a chance to see if you're the right candidate for IPR as well. They typically last from 1.5 to 3 hours.
Yes, and it's simple to do. All interviews are scheduled by appointment with an
admissions representative. You can call 1-866-477-4840 to schedule yours
Because our goal at IPR is to provide the education and experience necessary for
you to have a long term career in the industry, we're looking for people that
are dedicated and passionate about the music and entertainment industries. We're
looking for creative people that want to be "behind the scenes" and are ready to
work hard to get the professional skills needed to be successful in the music
and entertainment business.
Most parents are involved in the decision-making process. If they will be
helping you financially, we do require that you bring one or both of your
parents. You may need them as a co-signer on a student loan. It is also to your
benefit to have your folks understand IPR's credentials and career
Not at this time. Of course, we encourage you to get the best grades possible
while in high school. We seek students with the dedication and discipline to
become good students at IPR as well as successful entrepreneurs in the
entertainment industry. However, there is incentive to do well—students with
strong GPAs or SAT/ACT test scores may qualify for merit scholarships. Our financial aid department can provide
No, a demo of your work is not required at this time. Experience is certainly
helpful but not necessary. Many of the skills you will need to be successful in
the industry are taught here at IPR.
If you're interested in moving forward, the first easy step is to mail in the
enrollment application. The application doesn't commit you to coming, nor does
it admit you to school, but it does save you a seat for when you would like to
attend, and it also locks in your tuition rate as of your start date while you
attend, regardless of tuition increases.
There is a $50 registration fee to be submitted with your application. If you
are mailing in your application, a check or money order is accepted.
Once we get the application, we will send you a welcome package containing a
financial aid application, high school transcript authorization form, college
transcript authorization form and immunization. Then, if you haven't already
visited campus, we can schedule your campus tour, personal interview, financial
aid interview and (if necessary) college entrance test. If all goes well in the
interview and all your requirements are met, you may receive an acceptance
letter within a few weeks.
Not necessarily. While a high school diploma or GED is required to start IPR,
many prospective students submit their applications before they graduate high
school. The college planning process can be long, so it may be worthwhile to
apply and work toward acceptance while still in high school. The application
also "saves your seat," avoiding any waiting lists for enrollment.
Yes. You may meet this requirement one of three ways:
The Accuplacer is designed by the College Board (makers of the SAT), and a
sample questions can be found at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf.
The Accuplacer takes about 1-2 hours and is generally given here at IPR. We test
in three main areas: reading comprehension (a minimum score of 35 is required
for admission), sentence skills (minimum score of 54 for admission) and
arithmetic (minimum score of 21 for admission). In many ways it is like the ACT
test, where you read a paragraph about a subject, and answer multiple choice
questions based on what you read. There may be study guide books available in
book stores or libraries.
No, just one campus in downtown Minneapolis.
Those who are serious about becoming successful in this industry will do
whatever it takes to get the proper professional training to position them for
success. Much like the aspiring actor or actress would travel to Hollywood or
New York City to maximize their opportunities, our students come from all over
the country and around the world to learn from our esteemed instructors at our
Absolutely! IPR's career services department
helps both students and graduates find and prepare for various job
opportunities. While we can't guarantee of finding you a position, our career
services department can be a valuable resource throughout your career
We will work with you one-on-one to help you find paid positions, internship, or
freelance opportunities relevant to your education and experience. We can also
assist you with résumé writing, interviewing and follow-up procedures. The IPR
career services department also offers assistance long after you graduate.
In the broad sense, our goal is to train for anything related to recording audio
or involving the music and entertainment business. Many job opportunities will
depend on which program students enroll in.
Our students have found opportunities in audio production (film, TV, videos,
commercial advertising, music recording) and entertainment business (record
labels, management, promotions). There is a wide array of jobs in the industry,
from entry-level internships to freelance opportunities to jobs that require
extensive knowledge and experience.
Associate degree programs at IPR are two academic years in length. Students can
usually complete their programs in eighteen to twenty-four months, although they
are welcome to continue taking classes beyond the 98 required credits. Some
students may finish their programs in less time.
You should expect weekly homework and reading assignments. As a general rule,
IPR suggests that you spend twice the amount of your scheduled class time
reading, working on homework assignments and completing lab projects. Later
quarters will require a greater amount of studio time for independent project
Classes at IPR are taught in both lecture and lab/studio format. The majority of
your classes will be in a recording studio or other hands-on environment. In
these cases, our maximum student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1. Lecture classes can
generally vary in size from 10 to 60 students. In IPR's computer labs, you will
have a maximum of 15 students per instructor plus your own computer
For most students, IPR is a full-time day school. Classes are offered Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Most students carry 15-16 credits per
quarter, which is about 16-20 hours of class time per week. This works out to be
2 to 6 class hours per day. This doesn't count homework or studio/lab time
outside of class. IPR is on a quarter system, so every three months you will
start a new set of classes. For select students, IPR also offers an evening
track. Students with full-time work commitments (for example, working
professionals who want to enhance their competitiveness in the industry) may opt
to extend their coursework over a greater length of time, taking classes between
5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays and occasional weekend classes.
Class times vary from 2 to 4 hours in duration. Most classes occur twice a week
for a total of 3 to 6 hours. Classes structured as lecture/lab typically include
a 2 hour lab and 2.5 hour lecture.
Yes. Our quarters span ten weeks of class periods with one or two weeks break in
between. Between Spring and Early Fall quarters, students enjoy a seven week
summer break. Many students choose to stay close to campus and use the
facilities to practice their craft during this time. Others use this as an
opportunity to travel home and spend time with their families. On the quarter
system, start dates occur in January, April, late July/August and October.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of cutting-edge software at IPR,
including the newest versions of Avid's Pro Tools, Logic, Final Cut, Adobe
Creative Suite, Ableton Live and others. Many classes at IPR also feature
"soft-synth workstations" like Reason and others from Apple, Avid and Native
Instruments, including a vast amount of virtual instruments and plug-in
Not necessarily. IPR's computer labs and studios are open beyond regularly
scheduled class times. As a student, you can use the computer labs throughout
the day and book studio time for projects according to your schedule. While some
students do purchase their own computers for school, it is not required. Those
that wish to purchase computers or professional recording equipment are eligible
for student discounts through the IPR Pro Audio Outlet.
From late Fall 2010 through Spring quarter 2011, estimated tuition for an entire
(2-year) AAS in Media Arts program at IPR is approximately $42,630, not
including books and lab fees. Because of our large array of elective classes,
the total tuition depends on which classes are taken. Tuition and lab fees are
subject to change. For more details visit our tuition page.
Financial resources can vary based on qualifications. IPR currently offers state
and private funding that could cover tuition, lab fees, books and even living
expenses if you qualify. If you are a Minnesota resident, you also may qualify
for the Minnesota State Grant. Once we receive your admissions application, you
can discuss your budget with our financial aid department. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at
No, but it can help—especially if you want to be a producer, since producers are
involved in song structure and arrangements. However, you can learn these
concepts in your music theory classes. Many of our students' strengths lie in
the technical end of engineering such as post-production for television, film or
video, or in the business/entrepreneurial aspects of the industry.
For any aspiring engineer or producer, a musical background is always
beneficial. While we are not a "performance" school, being a musician helps you
here in many ways. First, many musicians have an understanding of music theory
and song structure, and most have an ear for pitch and for talent – all which
help in the role of a producer. Second, if you are a performer, you'll be able
to record your own music and learn how to promote it. Third, you'll be able to
apply what you've learned into practical use when recording your own music.
Lastly, the networking opportunities at a school like IPR are outstanding.
Whether it's networking to schedule gigs with a new friend's band, meeting
fellow students to collaborate with, or teacher/producers to give you
constructive advice, the people you meet at IPR can change your life.
Yes. While IPR does not have on-campus housing, our student services department
works with all students individually to find housing. We have many options for
local housing, whether you want your own apartment or want to keep rent low by
sharing with other IPR student roommates.
There are many options for part-time work since we are only three blocks from
downtown, where there are lots of restaurants, theaters, and retail stores. We
recommend that students try not to work more than 10 hours a week if you can
afford it –you'll want to spend as much time as possible at IPR honing your
skills. Our career services department also
has some great resources to help and recommendations on where to look and how to
get started. We even have student loans that can potentially cover up to
$500/month in living expenses.
There is a large parking lot across the street from IPR, and our student
services department can help you to get a parking pass, which ranges from $50-80
Yes. The Twin Cities has very good metro bus lines, and there is a bus stop just
across the street from IPR. The student services office has full metro maps, including the new light rail
We are located at 312 Washington Avenue North on the northwest side (the
Warehouse District) of downtown Minneapolis. You can plug in this address to websites such as www.MapQuest.com or maps.yahoo.com. Contact
your admissions representative for parking details and appointment times.
Minneapolis/St. Paul (or the Twin Cities) is a growing metropolitan city of
about 3 million residents, but many surrounding areas still retain a small-town
feel. Overall, the Twin Cities are known as an artistic, culturally modern
Music: There is a vibrant and diverse music scene, with many bands to see at
a variety of clubs and concert halls. It's a popular tour stop for most big-name
musical acts, and we have the fourth-largest jazz scene in the US. The
underground alternative rock and hip-hop scene is growing quickly. There is also
a wide variety of quality radio stations.
Theater: Minneapolis is ranked number two in the country for theatres per
capita, second only to New York City.
Art: The Twin Cities is home to many art museums and galleries, including the
well-known Walker Art Museum. There are also a variety of art fairs, local
showcases, and festivals.
Outdoors: If you like the outdoors, you'll enjoy ample opportunities
for camping, hiking, bicycling, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling, and more.
More: There are also a great deal of other features, including professional
sports teams, great radio stations, shopping and nightlife. Our people are
friendly, too--perhaps you've heard the term "Minnesota Nice."
It can get a bit cold in the winter months, although the spring, summer, and
fall are especially comfortable. Minnesota's changing seasons can paint a
picturesque landscape. The winter months give you a chance to stay indoors and
focus on your craft to get your career in gear while not being distracted.
Because our studios and labs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there are
plenty of opportunities for you to expand your skills. Since you are in school
for a short time, choose a school not for the weather, but for the quality of
your education. Once you have the professional assets you need, you can choose
the location you want to live for the rest of your life.
Hopefully you've researched and found that no other school gives you the
opportunities to get the right experience, the teacher credentials, the quality
of studios and technology, and a career services department to help you land a
career in the industry. The next step is to give us a call at 1-866-477-4840 or
request more information. You can also get started with our online application.We look forward to hearing