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What is a Creative Arts College?

Male student at a creative arts college

Are you looking at different colleges and want to know more about a creative arts college? Looking for a career that you can start right after graduation? Creative arts colleges are a great way to start earning in less than two years.  They offer many benefits like a flexible schedule, small class sizes, experienced instructors and externships to name a few. However, are you asking yourself, “What is a creative arts college?”

What is a Creative Arts College?

A creative arts college prepares students for work after graduation. They teach you the skills you need to start working right out of college. The focus is on the specific education and training needed to start an entry level position at a local company that needs creative arts specialists. The programs offered at creative arts colleges are a springboard to a career in music, film, graphic design, game design and traditional art.

Benefits of Attending a Creative Arts College

There are many benefits to attending a creative arts college. Are you looking for a flexible creative arts college program, externship, or do you need financial aid? Pick the benefits that are important to you and put your prospective creative arts college to the test.

Benefit #1: Flexible – Day & Evening Classes

Do you have personal responsibilities that you must consider? Take care of children or an elderly parent? Do you need to work during the day and take classes in the evening? Creative arts colleges are flexible and offer day and evening classes. This way you can prepare for your dream job and start earning in under two years.

Benefit #2: Class Size

Are you looking for a creative arts college that offers small class sizes? Do you want to be heard and seen? Creative arts colleges offer smaller class sizes than traditional 4-year college for those students that want to create strong relationships with instructors, faculty and classmates. This is a great way to start networking for your first job after graduating from a creative arts college. Smaller class sizes also offer students one-on-one training that can’t be found at traditional 4-year colleges. There are just too many students at these 4-year colleges to offer this type of dedicated instruction.

Benefit #3: Experienced Instructors

Many of the instructors at creative arts colleges come right from the local area. They are experienced in their field and bring many years of experience to the creative arts college. Learn more about the instructors at the creative arts college you are interested in. A creative arts college may have an open house where you can meet faculty and staff, take advantage of this. Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. Smart instructors know how to speak the language but in a way that you can understand.

Benefit #4: Externships

Nothing is more important than hands-on experience. This will help you get your foot in the door when you start your first job after graduating from a creative arts college. Make sure that the creative arts college that you attend has an externship so you can get real world experience before you start working. An externship will allow you to work in a recording studio, while being supervised, to learn the ins and outs of the music industry. Take the time during your externship to learn everything you can so you can choose what specialty you want to start with.

Benefit #5: Accredited

Most creative arts colleges are accredited. Make sure the one you choose is accredited by an association that holds the creative arts college to high standards. Accreditation is not easy to get and harder still to hold on to, so it is an important thing for a creative arts college to have. They must be accredited to offer federal financial aid.

Benefit #6: Financial Aid

Most creative arts colleges offer financial aid to those that qualify. Some offer federal grants, loans and scholarships. Most also offer payment plans so students can start attending the creative arts college. A good creative arts college will walk you step by step through the financial aid process, so you don’t miss a deadline and miss out on important financial aid options.

Benefit #7: Career Services

An important service for a creative arts college to offer students is career assistance. Most creative arts colleges offer career services that include interview training, cover letter review, resume building and other career services. Although a creative arts college can’t guarantee employment after graduation, these colleges have connections with businesses in the local community which help shape the curriculum to prepare students to transition directly to the businesses’ creative team right out of college. The good creative arts colleges will follow alumni and offer career services throughout their graduates’ entire careers.

What Programs Does a Creative Arts College Offer?

Creative arts colleges offer many different programs, including music production, theatre, game design, clothing design, and traditional art like painting and sculpture. The Institute of Production and Recording focuses on music arts.

Music Production

Audio production and engineering programs train prospective music producers to work with modern recording technology, while learning music industry techniques. Students spend time in the school’s music recording studio and learn the ins and outs of the recording business. Students learn microphone technique, mixing, critical listening, session management, studio etiquette, people skills, and basic song composition and programming. They also learn traditional studio work, live sound, post-production, sound design, composition, A&R, marketing and distribution. At the end of the audio production and engineering degree program, each college student presents a portfolio.

Digital Video and Media Production

This program prepares students for a real-world role in digital video editing, production management, camera and lighting effects, and visual story development through a learning experience in professional studio classrooms. The school teaches students in video and film production artistry, both in theory and application, emphasizing corporate and commercial production, as well as short and feature narrative filmmaking.

Live Show Production

Students in the live show production program focus on the sound and light aesthetic for live shows, modern day musicals, theatre and corporate productions. The live sound program teaches students the fundamentals of acoustics, signal flow, color and light, basic electronics, audio, lighting and video reproduction devices. College students are involved with hands-on exercises and real-world events that enable them to apply their knowledge and refine their skills.

Sound Design for Visual Media

This program teaches college students the world and industry of sound design for visual media. Sound design for visual media students learn key skills and concepts necessary to meet the demands of a large-scale audio/visual media project. This program prepares students with skills and concepts like advanced sound design, synchronization, sound effects creation, field and location audio recording, boom operation, ADR recording and editing, Foley recording and editing, recording of music for visual media programs, and the audible mixing of these elements together.

Final Thoughts

Ready to enter into the world of music production, media production, live show production or sound design for visual media? Learn more about the programs offered at IPR today and start the career of your dreams tomorrow.

Institute of Production and Recording

Turn your passion for media, video, sound, music and live show production into a profession at the Institute of Production and Recording.

Located in the heart of Minneapolis’ arts and entertainment district, the Institute of Production and Recording provides hands-on college training in media, video, sound, music and live show production. Learn from award-winning school faculty who are working in the fields they teach and tap into their network of industry connections. Fine tune your music production, music recording, and music engineering skills with 24/7 access to the latest software and equipment in our school’s professional music studio settings at the Institute of Production and Recording.

Contact us today to learn more about the audio production programs and starting a rewarding career.