April 19, 2022


Welcome to the Florida Institute of Recording, Sound, and Technology, also known as F.I.R.S.T. Institute! F.I.R.S.T. is a digital media school located in Orlando, Florida, offering courses in audio engineering, filmmaking, graphic & web design, and photography.

For two decades, F.I.R.S.T. Institute has been preparing scores of students for successful careers in their chosen fields. Our graduates have landed positions with prestigious media companies like Marvel Studios, EA, Netflix, Hulu, CBS, Universal, and Disney, just to name a few.

What Makes F.I.R.S.T. Different?

  1. Small Class Sizes

At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we believe that personalized attention is the key to unlocking your true potential. That’s why we keep our class sizes small, ensuring that students receive individualized guidance and support from our faculty of industry pros. With smaller groups, they have more opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions, ask questions, and receive valuable feedback on their work. This approach fosters a collaborative and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow as creative professionals.

  1. Faculty Who Are Active Industry Professionals

When it comes to learning about the creative industries, there’s no better way to do it than from those who have lived and breathed it. Our exceptional faculty members are not just experienced educators; they are active industry professionals with impressive track records. They’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world, contributing to blockbuster movies, hit records, iconic branding, and stunning photography. Their wealth of real-world knowledge provides students with insights and tips that textbooks can’t offer. Students gain firsthand knowledge of the industry’s latest trends, techniques, and best practices, giving them a competitive edge in their future careers.

  1. No Gen-Ed Classes

Many students are eager to dive straight into the heart of their chosen field without wasting time on unrelated courses. At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we understand that our students’ time is valuable, and every moment should be focused on their passion. That’s why we don’t burden them with general education classes that might not align with their goals. From day one, students are immersed in courses directly related to audio engineering, filmmaking, graphic & web design, or photography. This streamlined approach means they can graduate faster and embark on their dream career in less time.

  1. Graduate in Less Than a Year

At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we’ve designed our programs with our students’ aspirations in mind. Unlike traditional universities that span several years, our intensive courses allow students to complete their education in less than a year. They receive the same high-quality education but in a focused and accelerated format. By graduating sooner, students can start working in their field and gaining valuable experience sooner, giving them a head start on the path to success.

  1. Hands-On Learning

At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we believe that true learning happens when you get your hands dirty. That’s why we prioritize hands-on learning experiences throughout our programs. Forget about spending hours in lecture halls; students are actively engaged in practical, real-world projects from day one. This immersive approach deepens their understanding of the subject matter and builds the confidence needed to excel in their future careers.

Where is F.I.R.S.T Institute Located?

Our campus is located in the heart of Orlando, one of the world’s top vacation destinations. Orlando is the world’s theme park capital, with world-famous parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. In addition, popular events like Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Megacon, and Halloween Horror Nights draw enthusiasts from around the world every year. Orlando promises an unparalleled lifestyle filled with year-round excitement and magic.

Our campus in Orlando offers a vibrant environment with sophisticated technology and production equipment. Students can access two professional recording studios, a soundstage, and a live venue. 

For those students who can’t make it to campus, there’s another way to take advantage of all that F.I.R.S.T. has to offer. Our IDL (Interactive Distance Learning) programs allow students to access the same hands-on, career-focused education from the comfort of their homes. This is a great option for students who can’t relocate, work full-time, or have other commitments preventing them from attending in person.

Is F.I.R.S.T. Institute Accredited?

Absolutely! F.I.R.S.T. Institute is accredited and well-regarded for its excellence in education. F.I.R.S.T. is licensed by the Florida Department of Education: Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and holds accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). This means students can trust that they receive a top-notch education, setting them up for thriving careers in audio engineering, film, graphic & web design, and photography.

Does F.I.R.S.T. Institute offer Financial Aid?

At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we ensure that paying for tuition is accessible and stress-free for our students. Students have various options for financial aid, including federal grants, scholarships, and loans. We also offer flexible payment plans to help students easily manage their tuition fees. For more details and assistance, feel free to contact our Financial Aid department at 407.316.8310 ext. 3. We’re here to ensure nothing stands in the way of our student’s journey at F.I.R.S.T. Institute.

So What’s Next?

At F.I.R.S.T., our mission is clear: we aim to equip students with everything they need to succeed in the digital media industry upon graduation. Our training philosophy focuses on intensive, hands-on learning that mirrors real-life situations faced by professionals in the field. We keep a keen eye on technological advancements and their impact on the industry, ensuring our graduates are set up to stay relevant and ahead in their careers.

The digital media industry is a rapidly growing and competitive field that brings excitement and opportunities for those with the right blend of drive, skill, and talent. If you’re eager to learn more about F.I.R.S.T. Institute’s programs, we encourage you to reach out to us today!

Our admissions team is available by phone during school hours, or you can drop them an email anytime. They will be delighted to answer your questions and guide you on the path to success. Whether you want to pursue audio engineering, filmmaking, graphic & web design, or photography, there’s a place for you.