AMPP: The Advanced Media Production Program

Our Mission

AMPP will be an entrepreneurial program bringing disciplined craftsmanship together with innovative technology to help define the future of sound, sight and motion design.

Our students will help to drive the dialogue about emerging approaches that are transforming creative media.

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Why AMPP?

Creation of digital media is one of the fastest growing businesses on the planet. AMPP professors come from the industry with deep resumes, and ongoing involvement in their fields of specialty. While there are many training possibilities for learning audio production, digital imaging, and other technologies, most do a poor job of balancing art with technology. AMPP approaches teaching technology through history, technique, and experience. These include, but are not limited to the roles of audio engineer, producer, editor, production assistant, camera operator, visual designer, and screen writer.

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The Future Promise of AMPP

In Spring of 2014, students will have the option of taking our introductory audio production course "Listen and Capture". Listen and Capture is based on the VCU MHIS 382 Computers and Music course In Your Ear has offered for seven years. Over the years, In Your Ear has offered a variety of educational classes including Advanced Audio Production, Pro Tools training, and Foley. We are currently working to develop new curriculum employing ebook technology, and covering topics in visual media, and software development.

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Spring 2014 Semester

Listen and Capture
(Core Class) (Formally VCU MHIS-382 Computers and Music)

Listen and Capture is an audio foundation course adapted from the original Computers and Digital Recording class currently offered.
The course covers proper acoustics, microphone types and techniques, audio physics, audio history, software used in recording and editing, and computers and computer accessories. Cubase Elements software is required for the class and is used in teaching recording and editing concepts. There is a limit of 15 students.

The course runs every Monday night from 7-9:40 pm for 15 weeks, starting January 13th until April 28th.

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Sound Manipulation
(Advanced Core Class) (Formally VCU MHIS-491 Advanced Audio Production)

Sound Manipulation is a follow up to Listen and Capture for students concentrating in audio production. This course focuses on the start to finish process of recording a band, including setting up for the recording, running equipment, mixing, and marketing. The final project for this class is to record and mix a demo for an artist of our choosing. Students must take Listen and Capture as a prerequisite. Students need to purchase basic tools, such as a soldering iron for cable repair and fabrication.

The course runs every Wednesday night from 7-9:40 pm for 15 weeks, starting January 15th until April 30th.

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Tuition

Tuition

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will provide a price estimate of your AMPP experience. Since these are graduate level courses, the prices will reflect that.

The following is an estimate ONLY so that you, as a potential student, can make an informed decision.

If you are a full-time college student you may be eligible for a discount

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Price Calculator for Fall 2013


Listen and Capture $895
Sound Manipulation $895
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Note: the prices shown are only for the classes themselves. Two items that are NOT included in the tuition are a computer and required software. We suggest each student purchase a Macbook Pro, which will range from $1200-2500 depending on the size. The software requirement is a current version of Cubase 7, any version. The software is available online from Steinberg direct by using the following email link eduproof@steinberg.net or locally through Sam Ash Music.

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FAQ

How do I enroll into the AMPP classes?

Students seeking admission to AMPP must have completed or in the process of completing a four-year degree. Students attending VCU who are not in the VCU Music Program seeking the 3 credit hours offered must contact James Wiznerowicz for an overide. Non-degree seeking students and industry professionals may register for individual classes by submitting a email request to Andrea Stefl for AMPP approval.



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What is AMPP's relationship with VCU?

AMPP enjoys a close relationship with VCU. Several of our classes were developed with VCU's Department of Music, these are the Listen and Capture, and the second level Sound Manipulation core classes. Other classes are also offered through AMPP exclusively and do not provide credit toward a degree.

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What is AMPP's relationship with In Your Ear Studios?

AMPP is the education division of IYE Inc. (t/a In Your Ear Music and Recording). It shares the same physical plant and much of the equipment. Several of our teachers and administrators are also involved in In Your Ear. The AMPP board and task-force are made up of VCU professors, industry professionals, students, and others.

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Are AMPP class credits transferable?

AMPP is currently pursuing accreditation, which should help in some cases with the transfer of credit hours. Regardless of accreditation, transfer of credits is always at the discretion of the targeted school. Since the goal of AMPP is to prepare our students for direct transition into the industry, transfer of credits is not a primary goal of our curriculum's design.

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How much is tuition?

The prices are on a class by class basis, please see the tuition calculator above.

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What is the guarantee that I will get a job upon graduating?

Regardless of the training, there is no guarantee you will receive a job. While having the right training is essential and having the right industry connections will increase your chances, the possibility of landing a position after completion of our program will never be certain. We will do everything possible to make sure our students are fully prepared to take advantage of opportunities presented by the industry. In the end it will be those students with the talent, determination, and personality that will succeed.

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Do students get hands on time with equipment?

It depends on the class. The second level advanced class is more hands on, while the first level classes are more theory/lecture based. Our future focused discipline class offerings will tend to be more hands on from the start.

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Where will the classes be held?

All the classes will be held at In Your Ear Recording Studios. Depending on the size of the class and what equipment is needed, determines where the classes will be held. Some will be in the actual large tracking room of Studio A, while others will be held in the control rooms and edit suites located through out the facility.

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Will students be taught how to work the big consoles, like the 24 or 32 channel boards?

We no longer use large format analog mixing consoles at In Your Ear. While they're wonderful to use, the number being used in actual facilities has dropped so significantly in recent years we have shifted our focus to a DAW perspective. Their are many control surfaces available for DAWs to incorporate large console functionality, and we will be using an Avid ICON for Protools and Euphonix controllers for Steinberg products. In some of our lessons, we do cover traditional analog signal routing and processing so if you do encounter a large format console, you WILL be familiar with the concepts of signal flow, EQ, dynamics, gain staging, and the patchbay.

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AMPP is located at In Your Ear Music and Recording.
The Address is 1813 E Broad St, Richmond VA.
For more information please call (804)344-5623 or Email amppinfo@lobe.com