We are very different. Other schools put you in a crowded classroom where you will fight for attention from an overwhelmed instructor and compete with other students for lab time and time with the gear and equipment.
These traditional diploma mills can charge you between $18 and $50,000 for education in film or film-related careers.
We don’t play that game.
Film Connection puts you in a real recording studio where you learn one on one and privately in a working professional recording studio. With us, your classroom is where records are made!
We also pledge to not charge you anywhere near $18,000- 50,000! Our mission is to keep you out of massive amounts of student loan debt and get you connected to employment and creative opportunities intended to help change your life for the better.
Our extern-apprentice method is well known, tried and true, unique and, most importantly, it works!
All of the above. If you are a film creator and want to learn more about the creation of film as an electronic filmian, hip-hop artist, DJ, rock ‘n’ roll, country, soul, pop or R&B artist click here. We have programs in which you will be creating your film and helping you to develop your brand as an artist.
If you are interested in a career as a technician and want to study for a career in film engineering, film production, studio owner, chief engineer, Live Sound, or film business please click here.
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We were founded in 1983 as part of a mission to destroy the student debt crisis, that is – to keep students out of debt. It is our stated goal to find a program that will fit your budget so as to keep you out of debt. We also work hard to keep our curriculums at an affordable price that nearly any budget can afford. To be honest, we could charge a whole lot more for our programs, but we keep them low as part of our mission to keep students either debt free or manageable. Very manageable.
Great question. Learning from inside the actual environment where film gets made professionally is a proven way to acquire industry skills, experience, and connections. When it comes to getting a career in the film business, it’s smart to start out from inside the business. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than three decades and it works. Read about our ‘Disruptive Approach’
The value of interacting with professional film engineers, film producers, and their clients from within a real recording studio environment cannot be overstated. You must learn within the environment in which you want to work. It’s all about being able to grow usable skills and showcase your abilities and determination to the very same people who do the hiring.
With The Film Connection, you do not have to fight over lab time, experience overcrowded classrooms, or work to get your teacher’s attention. With us, you are the only student. It’s just you and your mentor who trains you in the studio setting to achieve the program requirements. A real recording studio is your classroom. It’s within this environment that you acquire skills and knowhow in a way that makes sense—hands-on.
Our hands-on, project-based assignments and workshops are designed to get you attuned to working as a professional within a professional environment. You receive private classes in the studio which are reinforced with lessons in our comprehensive eBook. With us, you learn at the pace of one lesson per week. The work is intensive and structured to get you thinking and building the foundation you need to achieve your goals. Furthermore, you’re training in an environment where you get to learn theory and practice in-tandem. When you have questions about something complex, your mentor is there to answer your questions, in depth. For many, this is where the real learning and understanding takes place.
Like many other creative industries, the film business does not run on degrees. The studio owners, film executives, artists and producers who are hiring generally don’t ask for degrees. Knowing what you’re doing is generally what they’re after. Having experience and connections matters because they’re markers of someone who is trustworthy, hardworking, and dependable.
The job of being a parent means setting your children up for success. We understand that. Degrees are necessary for people who want to work as doctors, lawyers, scientists and other such careers. But degrees are not commonly necessary when it comes to working in the film industry (as a filmian, film engineer, film producer, DJ, film business professional, hip-hop, EDM producer, and in other areas of the business) unless you want to be a professor of film, perform with the philharmonic, or be an entertainment lawyer, in which case, getting a degree is the prescribed path to follow.
But don’t get us wrong. Education is great and so are degrees (when suited to one’s goals). Having to spend lots of hard earned money on an expensive film degree is not a prerequisite for working in the film industry. The majority of recording studio owners are not going to ask you for a degree. Instead, they want to know what you’ve worked on and what you can do. Degrees don’t automatically get you access, connections, or real world experience you can put on your resume. So, if your parents have questions, encourage them to do their research online or contact us directly. Knowledge is power. When you understand how the film industry operates, you can make an informed choice that works for you.
Mentors usually help with career advice and guidance, while teachers teach a course. Typically, the best teachers are also mentors. With the Film Connection, your mentor is your one-on-one, in-person instructor (a working professional film engineer or film producer) and your Academic Facilitator also works with you remotely (telephonically and online) to oversee your progress and assist where needed.
No. You need a good attitude, a sense of responsibility, and a hard work ethic. Your acceptance depends on you making a lasting first impression with your prospective mentor. Our admissions staff will help you prepare for this meeting.
Externs learn on the job, they learn one-on-one, from a professional film engineer, film producer, or film business professional (for applicable programs). Make no mistake, externs are students, only with externship they get:
On the Job attention. Our students learn via our eBook, materials, and from inside a real recording studio.
The opportunity to get their hands dirty (so to speak). We believe the way to get a job in this business is to get inside and learn from a pro. This allows students to show what they’re made of, starting on their very first day.
The ability to connect with the professionals who do the hiring. Working in film takes knowing the people who do the hiring. Our approach eliminates the searching and guesswork and places you right where you need to be to show what you’re made of.
Most of our programs are designed to last six months. Your length of time may vary based on the time you make available for your studies. A list of all our programs is here.
Yes. Many of our students work while they do the program. Scheduling is set by the mentor and student. Externs must do a minimum of two in-studio lessons per week, although we strongly encourage them to go into the studio as much as possible to observe, assist, and learn.
We offer open enrollment, year-round, to all students. You can start at any time.
Our curriculums are comprised of 20 lessons. Upon completion of the 20 lessons, graduates will automatically be entered into our career services program.
Nope. We’re the real deal and happy about it too. None of the students or mentors are fake. These are all real people who believe in our in-industry approach.
You get three things when you graduate from the Film Connection. The first is a certificate of completion. The second is a skill set that you have used in actual recording studio sessions—in other words, actual job experience you can put on your resume. The third is one year of graduate employment and job placement assistance. Helping people get themselves hired in the industry is an intrinsic part of our graduate employment and job placement success.
There are 4 ways we help you: Your mentor is a successful producer and/or film engineer. He or she therefore knows hundreds of people. If you have impressed your mentor, he or she can go the extra mile for you and introduce you to those colleagues and friends.
As a Film Connection student you will be interacting with clients — clients with money and contacts. Money and contacts often lead to jobs.
Graduate Employment Assistance & Job Placement — we have real job placement. We will call studios in our network on your behalf and we’ll teach you how to market yourself with our social media and internet marketing curriculum. The Career Services Department is committed to assisting each graduate in aligning the deserved employment opportunity, no matter where the graduate is in their career exploration process. On-going assistance is available to every graduate as long as they remain in good standing with the school (RRFC).
If you’re a good student and master the material and work and there isn’t a job opening at the studio where you train, you may even find they create a job just for you because they see value in what you bring to the table (such has been the case for many of our students). For example, one of our students in Los Angeles was given a job as a drum tech after proving his chops setting up for Aerosmith, whom he met as a Film Connection student. Another student got hired as an EDM and hip hop engineer so that his former mentor and another engineer could expand their offerings while maintaining focus on the work they’re doing with punk and rock clients.
Film Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools provides a distance education delivery model coupled with a program and industry specific externship. Students complete coursework online at a location of their choosing, while simultaneously completing an externship at a private place of business.
We’ve had students in their early teens to well into their sixties and older. If you are under 18 you will need to have your parent or legal guardian approve your application. We strongly encourage applicants to get their parents involved so that we may answer any and all of their questions.
While we would never advocate not finishing high school or its equivalent, we would never hold it against you. As long as you can read, write, speak English, have basic computer skills and a passion for film, you’re eligible to apply.
Yes. If you are invited back to your mentor’s studio, we have no problem with that. In fact, we encourage it. We urge all of our students to show up to every class, never be late, and to be helpful. Build a relationship with your mentor that will last a lifetime.
Not at this time. Since you don’t have to move to attend the Film Connection, if you already have a roof over your head, your housing is taken care of. If you have a job, you can keep it and schedule your externship around your work schedule too.
We accept international students provided they have the necessary VISA requirements. As for VISA issues, upon acceptance into our program we are more than happy to furnish a letter of enrollment for your consulate/embassy to qualify you for a visitor visa. It is recommended, however, that you attend a community college in your city of choice as they have the necessary facility and faculty to petition F1/J1 Student Visas. A Student Visa is valid for the entire duration of your studies at the community college and would enable you more than enough time to attend this program and take full advantage of our career services program afterwards.
If you’re asking, “What exactly does a film producer do?” Good question.
Say the term “film producer” and it’s likely to conjure up a host of images, from the guy who’s “talking shop” on the phone, to the person in the recording studio who’s laying down a beat, to the person who’s making sure a project comes in on time and under budget. The truth is: a film producer can be all of these things, and more.
In the broadest sense, a film producer manages the recording, mixing, and mastering processes with the ultimate goal of achieving a specific sound and vision for a project. Such “vision” is usually arrived at by the producer and the artist they’re working with. While some producers seek to refine an artist’s vision, others are asked to add to it, to inspire, and to elevate things to new heights. While film producers are most definitely doers, they’re often regarded as being extremely creative in their filmal and sonic abilities, capable of bringing the “magic sauce” to a song or album. Always cognizant of an artist’s market, sound, and repertoire, they stay on course to make film that breaks through and captivates an artist’s listeners. View our film producing program.
Today, more and more film producers, especially in the worlds of hip hop and EDM, are fierce collaborators with ample in-studio and film making skills, including the operation of Pro Tools and other digital film workstations like Ableton and Logic Pro. Producers who can create their own tracks, riffs, beats, and hooks are more effective in partnering up on projects and influencing the artists and filmians they work with. When armed with solid film engineering capabilities, they’re able to get the respect of the pros they work with and are better equipped to oversee and communicate the vision for a project as well as the particulars of what it takes to get from point A to point Z.