The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF), a non-profit charitable and educational organization created by InfoComm International to support the audiovisual industry, has partnered with Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., “to bolster the institution’s AV course work.”
InfoComm announced the partnership with Full Sail University last week, saying the school “is an educational leader for students pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts, and technology,” with both on-campus and online courses for the longtime InfoComm International member.
This pairing marks the 12th such partnership in recent years. ICIF has also helped to bring AV education to 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.
InfoComm has hosted special sessions and exhibit floor tours for Full Sail University students at its annual North America show in June.
“It is both organizations’ goal to develop a formalized partnership by bringing InfoComm curriculum into the classroom,” according to the InfoComm announcement.
Full Sail University has a show production bachelor’s degree program that “focuses on the various components that go into creating concerts, live shows and corporate presentations, from lighting to sound design,” according to the announcement. Its recording arts bachelor’s degree program “centers on live music production and audio post-production.”
Through this partnership, both programs will now offer the Essentials of AV Technology course, Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) Prep courses and exams and AV Technologist exams. Full Sail students will also have free access to attend InfoComm’s North America show and can attend three workshops free each year.
“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 of show production/event production at Full Sail University, in the announcement. “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.”
Betsy Jaffe, executive director of ICIF and senior VP of member services at InfoComm International, is excited about the partnership.
“Offering students the opportunity to earn a professional certification prior to graduation will enable them to enter the workforce better prepared,” she said in the announcement. “With this partnership, Full Sail University and InfoComm are aiming to bridge the gap between education and career.”