College can be scary at first glance. But once you get the hang of things, it’s a wonderful place. Even though I’ve only been here for seven months, I already love the program I’m currently in. Here’s what you can expect if you sign up for the IMA Media Specialization.
From the beginning of September to the end of December the program is very hectic. It seems like there’s no rest. Teachers will be giving you homework left and right. You’ll usually be given about a week to complete these assignments. If that doesn’t sound like enough time, trust me it is. Anytime you are given a lab, take advantage of it. Even if that just means staying an hour or two after school, and then going to work afterwards, that time you spent in lab will be worth it.
You’ll have classes such as Digital Video, Digital Audio, and Digital Design. In Digital Video, you’ll learn how to properly shoot videos and edit like a pro using Adobe Premiere Pro. Digital Audio will teach you how to record clean crisp audio and edit it on Adobe Audition. With Digital Design, you’ll learn how to use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. You’ll also have classes like Media Writing which sound terrible, but actually help you learn some pretty useful skills. For example, I now know how to properly reference and cite my sources when writing a paper.
Some of the things you’ll do in these classes during your first year include creating audio dramas, audio vignettes, creating basic animation (3D and 2D). Making a title sequence of a fake movie/show, filming and editing news stories for on-air, and my personal favorite, making your own mini documentary. My first year of college has been a blast so far and I hope that people who decide to join the program have the same experience as me.