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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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  • Good luck, mate! Hopefully, one day we'll work together on something professional and you'll tell me all about this fancy school that you went to! :D I hope everything works out for you :)
    Cheers!
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    puzzlebox Telltale Staff
    Congratulations for deciding to pursue this, especially when you have a partner and family to support - it takes real courage and conviction to make that leap.

    My flatmate has worked in various music and sound engineering jobs all his life (he's a good bit older than me!). Right now he runs a recording studio in the basement of our building and consults on studio build projects (design and stuff). It's so far removed from anything I've ever known, so for me his work and life stories are always really interesting.

    It might be tough for you, but I daresay it will also be great fun. :)
  • I had my interview last week and finally just got my letter today. I'm in!! I just need to come up with another $250 for the seat-holding/registration fee. And then set up the student loan after that.
  • Congrats! It's nice to see someone going into what they love. Now prepare to be bombarded for free advice :D
  • Congratulations! Keep us informed of how it goes :)
  • Well, my first day is tomorrow. It's only a 2 hour orientation day but I get all my material and whatnot. I'm super psyched!
  • First days are exciting! Hope it goes well!
  • Just had my final exam today. It feels good to finally be finished! Can't wait to get my marks back. Just another day where the administration and teachers take us all our for dinner and then that's it........except for the student loan I have to pay back lol. Can't wait to put my new knowledge to practical use!
  • That's funny, I spent all my day trying to mix some shitty song and hoping i'd learn a thing or two in the process, and i stumble upon this thread :p

    Best wishes regarding your marks and future gigs ;)
  • Good luck. Just remember that there's only so much you can learn on your own. I took this course to fill in some blanks I had and I found that there were a LOT more blanks than I had thought there were! Education has definitely helped me in this area. If you can afford to I suggest anybody who's in the field to do the same. It's extremely beneficial. And I had the good fortune of getting it in a totally hands-on facility. It's been fantastic.
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