There are four requirements to obtain Audio Visual (A/V) training: meet the application criteria, select a school, complete the coursework, and pay the tuition. This type of training is widely available from a broad range of community and career colleges, as well as audio engineering schools. Audio video training covers the skills necessary to become an audio video technician, camera operator, producer, and a range of other positions.
In order to apply for audio visual training, you must have obtained a high school diploma. There are no specific course requirements, also courses in music, visual arts, and technology will all be helpful. Although it is not an enrollment requirement, most candidates need to have an ear for music and a good eye for details and color.
The audio visual training programs typically take one to two years to complete. These programs provide the skills necessary to hold a wide range of positions. The training program is divided into two components: theory and practical. The first part is classroom based, and covers how the brain processes sound and light, basic physics, communication skills, blueprint reading, and how to use specialized audio-visual equipment.
When selecting a school for A/V training, it is important to review three main items: reputation, breadth of program offerings, and internship opportunities. A school with an excellent reputation has dedicated significant money, time, and resources to the program over a period of years.
Look for specialized courses in an area of interest to you. Think about the courses that will allow you to work in the broadest number of industries and complete those. For example, courses in sound mixing can lead to positions in the music recording industry, as well as in commercial production.
Internship programs are very important, as this industry is typically hard to get started in. Invest the time necessary to meet or exceed the employer’s requirements when holding an internship position. The employer can provide you with a reference or job offer that will get you started on your career. The audio video industry is quite small, and professional reputation has an impact on employment opportunities and salary. Put in your best effort, act with integrity, and you will earn the respect of your employer and co-workers.
Audio visual training programs cost between $5,000 and $10,000 US Dollars (USD). Included in this cost is the fee for studio time and the use of audio video recording and editing software. Many audio visual training programs can be completed part time, allowing students the flexibility to work and study simultaneously.