Where Should You Study This Subject
Is it the case that you are an overseas student hoping to learn about show production, but are not sure where to study? Every year, in almost every city throughout the USA, there are endless concerts (often on tour), live theatre shows, amusement parks, meetings, conferences, and all sorts of events. Therefore, there are few places better to learn the art of show producing and how to put on superb performances than the USA.
Are you trying to work out where to pursue your studies? Undoubtedly, America is a large country. There is a span of almost 3,000 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Anyone who chooses to drive this distance will pass countless small towns and urban metropolises; they will cross dust-strewn deserts and pass majestic-looking mountains as they whizz past horse-drawn buggies and top-of-the-range motor cars. It is important for international students to understand the characteristics and attributes of the different states and geographic areas in order to be able to choose the right place to study whatever subject they are interested in.
If your interest lies in show production, it would be a mistake to overlook New York and Los Angeles. If, however, these cities are not for you, you could consider Winter Park in Florida or, more precisely, Full Sail University. If you choose and are accepted on a show production program in Full Sail, you can expect your studies to cover the production of music as well as visual and audio technology. Moreover, you will have access to the university’s state-of-the-art studio. Of course, Winter Park is fairly near two famous theme parks – Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. These parks are of great interest to overseas students and visitors and both are well-known for producing any number of highly-sophisticated live shows every day.
It is likely that anyone with an interest in California (or more specifically Los Angeles) knows already that this is where the world-famous Hollywood is located, the base for the majority of US-made movies and a popular visiting place for tour concerts, wannabe actors, and aspiring musicians. As well as the myriad of recorded and live entertainment going on in Los Angeles, it is here that a number of the country’s best production schools are located.
For example, the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California offers educational programs in stage management, sound design, and technical directing. The university has five good-quality theaters on its campus, so there is plenty opportunity for students to perfect their skills if they choose to work behind the scenes on any of the countless live performances. Not far north of LA you will find California State University Northridge. Here, you can embark on a degree course in music industry studies with access to the university’s music laboratory where you can practice digital sound recording, editing, and the development of multimedia technology. Downtown Los Angeles is just a few minutes away from each of these schools. Furthermore, Disneyland is within easy access and it is a place where students can get excellent training in the production of live shows, and other events such as fireworks, parades, and musical performances.
New York on the opposite side of the US is a city that is just as vibrant but in a very different way to Los Angeles. Winters here are not spent on sun-kissed beaches. Time is spent instead enjoying walks in Central Park, seeking out new concerts, and visiting Broadway shows. In the midst of the countless buildings that fill the streets of New York, you will find some competing for their place as the best schools in the US for studying show production. The city’s University’s Tisch School of the Arts provides programs in television and film, drama, and music recording. At the Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development, it is possible for domestic and international students to learn about music technology and the music industry. Additionally, in New York, there is an abundance of opportunities outside the classroom to see shows being produced first-hand.
For any student who is happy to extend their horizons or ambitions beyond the theatre and concert tours, there are several other show production options worth considering. Corporate organizations, event management companies, and religious venues almost always require qualified people for the setting up visual displays, for running soundboards, and to help create exciting sensory experiences for a huge variety of conferences and meetings. The DePaul University and Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Art are other venues worth considering for students who are interested in sound production and recording. Alternatively, Washington DC is an option for any student with an added interest in politics. International students could, of course, choose to study show production is a rural area if they want the chance to flex their flair for creativity and put their skills to good use.
So, if you want to learn about show production and are wondering where best to study, you should first consider where in the USA you would like to live and get to know. Are you interested in studying in a quiet town or would you prefer to delve into one of the larger hubs of show production? Is it your aim to get admitted to a top school or to jump straight into live show production? In any case, you have plenty choice and it is all up to you!