Why F.I.R.S.T. Institute
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” - Confucius
The key to the F.I.R.S.T. Institute teaching philosophy is to give our students hands-on training while showing them how to conquer real-world, industry projects head on. Every lesson is taught three ways to give students as thorough an understanding as possible. We call this structure the “See it, Hear it, Do it” method of teaching.
First, your instructor introduces the task at hand and explains the best approach for tackling it, then they demonstrate how to accomplish it, and then it's your turn to try it for yourself. You and your fellow students will complete every project step-by-step, with time in between to ask questions and explore the possibilities of the software and equipment in our cutting edge facilities. You’ll have your hands on the gear, getting a feel for the equipment from day one!
SMALL CLASS SIZES
At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, creating the best learning experience for each student begins with a commitment to keep class sizes small. Many colleges choose to enroll as many students as possible, packing classrooms with 100 or more students and minimizing contact between students and teachers. At F.I.R.S.T. Institute we choose our students carefully, and the average class will have only 8-10 students.
Our low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that each and every one of our students gets the time and attention that they need to excel. We want you to have the opportunity to ask complex and detailed questions, and we want our instructors to have the time to address each question fully — something that isn't always possible in large classes!
Members of our teaching faculty are encouraged to remain active in the industry they represent. They love what they do, and they want to share it in a way that has the most impact — that's why they teach at F.I.R.S.T. Institute! Because members of our faculty maintain successful careers outside of teaching, our students get the benefit of their insight into the current professional atmosphere.
There is no better way to learn about the ins and outs of a particular industry than by picking the brain of someone who currently works in it! With us, you can rest assured that you are learning the most relevant material to the Digital Media industry and keeping on top of the latest trends.
INDUSTRY RELATED PROJECTS
You will undertake a variety of projects during your time at F.I.R.S.T. Institute. Each project has been carefully designed to provide you with relevant skills and experience in your chosen area. We base our projects on real-world tasks that digital media professionals undertake in the workplace often, so every project is thoughtfully designed to further your industry knowledge.
Toward the end of your program, you will compile your projects into a professional Demo Reel. This is a crucial part of your portfolio, as it will demonstrate your knowledge to potential employers. Not only is the Demo Reel a showcase of your work, it is also a tool you can use to explain your ideas, approaches, and techniques to interviewers in the future. This showcase of your student projects will provide proof of a solid background in the practical application of your new skills, and will give you confidence in your search for employment.
Career Development is integral to the F.I.R.S.T. Institute curriculum and student experience. Not only will you be working and networking with professionals throughout your time in the program, you will actually begin preparing and perfecting your professional image as a part of your studies. Our Career Development counselors will work with you one-on-one to help develop your resume, craft your cover letters, design your business cards, format your portfolio, and generate an effective social media presence across various channels.
Many employment strategies will be discussed in class, and your instructors will even conduct mock interviews to help you practice self-presentation and effective interview techniques. You will have the chance to graduate with invaluable internship experience, and F.I.R.S.T. Institute will continue to offer support in your job search and connect you with employment opportunities through companies that love hiring our students even after you graduate. By graduation, you will be very familiar with the current job outlook of the ever-changing Digital Media industry.
One of F.I.R.S.T. Institute's central goals is to provide you an exceptional education at an affordable cost. Education is an investment in your future, and we want to help you make that investment wisely.
With the cost of education rising each year, F.I.R.S.T. Institute is proud to offer practical, thorough, high-quality instruction at a fraction of the cost of comparable educational programs. We encourage students to get in touch with our Financial Aid advisors to discuss their financial and student loan options. After acceptance to the program, they will help you determine whether you qualify for Federal Student Aid, and help put together a payment plan that works in your best interest.
A LICENSED AND ACCREDITED INSTITUTION
F.I.R.S.T. Institute is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the State of Florida and accredited by the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training, an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
DESIGNED WITH THE STUDENT IN MIND
At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we care about the success and well being of each and every one of our students. We are more than a training ground; we are a community of people that share a passion. From technical experience and talent to interpersonal skills, we equip our students with the tools they need to turn their passion into a paycheck for the rest of their working lives.
We’ve discovered how rewarding it can be to work in your dream industry every single day, and we aim to share that gift with our students. Our friendly, accessible staff and faculty are here to help every step of the way, and we encourage students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience at every opportunity!
GRADUATE IN LESS TIME THAN TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS
Our programs are designed to provide you with the education you need in less time than most comparable digital media schools. Through our program, students graduate in just 11 months. Meanwhile, courses at a traditional college can take 4+ years to complete.
At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we understand that, for many students, such extended programs are simply not an option. With our in-depth, accelerated courses, you will become confident in the skills that you need to enter the professional world in less than half the time of a traditional college program. With our flexible schedules, students are also able to work part-time and even full-time jobs while getting their education.
NO GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSES
When you attend F.I.R.S.T. Institute, you are giving yourself the opportunity to focus on your career from day one. Every assignment that you complete here will link directly to your professional development. You will not be required to take general education classes like English, Science, History, or Math in order to graduate from our accredited programs. Our intensive, concentrated coursework is designed to give you experience in the same situations that industry professionals face every day, and to help you on your way to becoming an expert in your chosen field. Why focus on busy work when you could be learning the skills that really matter for what you want to do?