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MediaTech Institute for Creative Arts, or MediaTech, is an accredited, for-profit technical school specializing in media production. In 1999, the school was founded as Dallas Sound Lab’s audio engineering program. MediaTech Institute was established in 2003 when the Dallas and Austin Sound Labs acquired an additional location in Houston. MediaTech has schools in Houston, Austin, Texas, Dallas and Oceanside, California.
MediaTech is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. MediaTech participates in federal Title IV funding and Stafford loans.
Russell Whitaker, the founder and president of MediaTech Industries, is a 25 year veteran of the media industry. Whitaker has worked with artists such as Destiny’s Child, The Imperials, Paula Abdul, ZZ Top, Phil Collins, Toby Keith, Cheap Trick and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as on films and televisions shows such as “Titanic”, “Tarzan and the Lost City”, and “Robocop.” Whitaker designed Ruff Cedar Recording Studio Austin in 1975 and relocated to Dallas where he founded Dallas Sound Lab at the Dallas Communications Complex in 1980. In 1999, Whitaker created Dallas Sound Lab’s audio engineering program. The program expanded in 2002 and opened Austin Sound Lab in the Arlyn Recording Studio.
In 2003, the program changed its name to MediaTech Institute and opened a branch in Houston within the Sunrise Sound studios. MediaTech gained its accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges in 2005 and the accreditation was granted again in 2010. MediaTech received approval from the United States Goverment to offer financial aid through Title IV funding in 2008. As of June of 2011, MediaTech Institute started offering classes in its new school in Oceanside, California.
MediaTech’s Houston location has three studios. Studio A has a solid state logic SSL G+ mixing console with more than 152 channels, studio B was designed for vocal and instrument overdubbing, and studio C was designed with pre-production in mind. The Houston campus is laid out in specialized rooms named after colors. The Grey Room is designed for recording with a full band, the Gold Room has a full digital setup, the Green Room has a small booth for recording, the Purple Room houses a Control 24 console, and the Velvet Room is set up like a home studio.
The Oceanside, California campus is a 5,000 square-foot, soundproofed building including a recording studio, dubbing room, multiple film-editing units, a green screen, a Foley room to mix sound, and a 14-seat theater. The building has four studios. The Lower Trestles Studio is meant for mixing, overdubbing and video editing. The Upper Trestles Studio features ProTools for music production, sound editing, sound design and video editing. Rincon is a 14-seat theater, and Blacks is a sound stage.
MediaTech has accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and participates in federal Title IV funding and Stafford loans. MediaTech Institute limits its technical courses to 12 students at a time. MediaTech has enrollment four times a year and can serve 150 students. Its graduation rate is around 80 percent.
The web design and development program is a year-long program offered at the Dallas campus.All campuses offer the recording arts program which is a 45-week diploma program covering all aspects of the radio industry, including audio engineering and studio techniques, mixing mastering and post production, producing and songwriting, live sound reinforcement, and business of music courses. Completion of the program also comes with a Pro Tools certification.
The school’s year long animation program is based in Dallas and aims to prepare students for a job in the visual effects field. Concepts taught in the program include character rigging, 3d modeling, visual storytelling, rendering, and cinematography.
MediaTech offers 12-week programs on audio-engineering and studio techniques, producing, song writing, audio for television and film, live sound reinforcement, show production, and business of music. The business of music program teaches the inner workings of entertainment such as publishing and contracts.
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