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Going To Audio Production School

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So I've decided to go back to school. I've applied for the Audio in Media 6-month course at Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts. It's their longest and most in-depth course in audio engineering and covers basically everything that has to do with sound production (except mastering). It's a pretty jam-packed course but I'm excited about it nonetheless. It's the only audio production school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or the whole prairies area of Canada. I think the closest other one is in Ontario.

It required a lot to apply, though. I needed a transcript of my last school, my resume, a cover letter, a 300-word essay on why I want to take this course and my goals of what to do with it, and an interview with the head administrator. The whole course is $8400.00. I checked it out and I'm covered under federal/provincial student loan. But should I be accepted I have 3 weeks to first come up with a $1000 advance instalment to hold my seat (there are only 15 seats!) which is deducted from the total $8400 afterwards. I guess it's a way to filter people out as they get a lot of applications.

A friend and I went in today for a tour of the facility (which caused much drooling on my part) and handed in our applications. I should hear back in a week or two about the interview and I should be receiving a word on whether or not I've been accepted in another 4-6 weeks after that. Once I'm accepted I have 3 weeks to come up with $1000 to hold my seat. So I have about 2 months to come up with the $1000 instalment. That's the only thing that has me worried right now. Of course if I don't make it in this year (September) I'll be continually applying for the next courses (next one is in March) until I make it in!

Wish me luck, folks. I'm really excited about this opportunity...

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  • Sounds exciting! Hope everything goes well for you!

  • Good luck!

    If you don't mind me asking, what kind of degree does the course offer?

    @MusicallyInspired said: a 300-word essay on why I want to take this course and my goals of what to do with it

    I hate these things! Not because I'm lazy or anything I mean it could be worse, (TERM PAPER JUST TO GET IN) but they just seem soooooo pointless. At my school it was only 100 words. >:I

  • Actually, I didn't have to worry about much for the essay. It was hard to get started, but once I did I ended up writing an 860 word essay. Oops. It wasn't really that wordy I just had a lot to say I guess.

    Actually, I'm not sure what they provide you afterwards (degree or what). Being the only audio engineering school in central Canada I don't really have a lot of choices anyway. But really I'm not doing it for the "letters behind my name". Rather, the knowledge and education.

    EDIT: It seems the course is described as "a six month intensive, and practical learning experience designed to provide graduates with the vocabulary, primary technical skills and concepts for a wide range of entry level positions in the audio production field." But it jams a lot of information in there. A lot I don't know. And there's only so much I can teach myself.

  • @MusicallyInspired said: a 300-word essay on why I want to take this course

    Any money, I bet you was bitching about the loudness wars :p

  • Hah! Actually I didn't....should have upon reflection ;).

  • Nah, I bet they get that stuff all the time. I'm sure they're looking for someone more creative than on a vendetta :)

  • Good luck, hope you're accepted this term and enjoy the school :)

  • I'm actually considering taking a similar path, sort of being at an impasse with my schooling right now. I'm just not certain what I would be able to do with it.

  • I want to go to school for something I love as well but just have not found the courage to make the leap... I wish I could have a job where I get to do something artistic everyday.

  • So many people have discouraged me over the years about doing music for a living. But I don't listen to any of them. I can't stand it when people tell me how I should live my life and take the "safe" road. I don't know about anybody else but I'm not happy with just "surviving" through life doing something I hate. No way. I choose to make this happen for myself and I will succeed. That's all there is to it. It all comes down to determination I guess. And now most of those same people are starting to be encouraging for once.

    That goes for everybody. If you really want to do it just do it, if you're prepared to do what it takes.

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