The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF), a non-profit charitable and educational organization created by InfoComm International to support the audiovisual industry, is partnering with Full Sail University to bolster the institution’s AV coursework.
Full Sail University is an educational leader for students pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology, offering programs online and on campus in Winter Park, Fla. Its philosophy centers on recognizing the value in creative thinking and the importance of hands-on experience. Full Sail University is a longtime member of InfoComm. In past years, InfoComm has hosted special sessions and exhibit floor tours for students at its annual North America show. It is both organizations’ goal to develop a formalized partnership by bringing InfoComm curriculum into the classroom.
Among its creative offerings, Full Sail’s show production bachelor’s degree program focuses on the various components that go into creating concerts, live shows and corporate presentations, from lighting to sound design. The university’s recording arts bachelor’s degree program centers on live music production and audio post-production. Through this partnership, both programs will now offer InfoComm’s Essentials of AV Technology course, Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) Prep course and exam and AV Technologist exam. In addition, Full Sail students will have free access to attend InfoComm’s North America show and can attend three workshops free while there.
“A substantial portion of our show production and recording arts students enter the job market working for corporate production and AV companies, so we’ve added AV-heavy courses to our program,” said Mark Johnson, program director, show production/event production, Full Sail University. “We recognize the value of InfoComm’s CTS certification; our students will benefit greatly by having a certification respected worldwide by companies hiring AV professionals.”
“Full Sail and its faculty are very connected to the AV industry and committed to providing its students with AV education. Offering students the opportunity to earn a professional certification prior to graduation will enable them to enter the workforce better prepared,” said Betsy Jaffe, executive director, ICIF, and senior vice president of member services, InfoComm International. “With this partnership, Full Sail University and InfoComm are aiming to bridge the gap between education and career. In addition to taking professional education courses in AV, they will attend the largest AV industry trade show in North America and network with professionals working in the field.”
Full Sail University joins a group of 11 other educational institutions ICIF has partnered with to bring AV education into the classroom, including Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, Downey Unified School District in Southern California, Columbia College in Chicago, Valencia College in Orlando, Bogotá public schools in Colombia and more. For additional information on the foundation’s workforce development, go here.