About New Orleans Media Arts Institute

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The New Orleans Media Arts Institute (NOMAI) is an educational collaborative located on the campus of Southern University At New Orleans. The NOMAI mission is to inspire and educate digital learners and aspiring media professionals through its productions, programs, and workshops. The New Orleans Media Arts Institute was designed to provide job training for personnel in the fields of Media Arts, Broadcast, Music and Film Technology. As technologies continue to evolve, creative thinkers will be needed to create the content that makes radio, television, movies, music and even everyday products more engaging. With an education in Media Arts at NOMAI, we will strive to meet that demand. The New Orleans Media Arts Institute offers formal job training and instruction to its participants.

Broadcast Nola

New Orleans is ranked as the nation’s #47 radio market. New Orleans is also home to a variety of strong-signal radio stations, competing for market share in a diversity of formats. Whether your passion is to become a talk show host, radio DJ, programming director, sportscaster, newscaster or other radio professional, this city offers plenty of opportunities to learn, grow and connect within its radio industry. Broadcast Nola doesn’t have much use for classrooms or simulated studios. Broadcast Nola participants range from business professionals seeking to promote their expertise or present their talent and drive via the airwaves, aspiring DJ’s and reporters, all the way to radio aficionados who have always dreamed of becoming a radio talk show host.

Current affairs, politics, entertainment, and community activism are but a few of the talk formats Broadcast Nola students train in. We believe, as most industry professionals do, that the best place to learn radio is in the heart of the industry itself. Through our innovative apprentice intern program, combined with our industry relationships formed over the years, we teach you the fundamentals of the radio broadcasting industry and place you as an apprentice inside a real radio station. You are trained by an industry professional with proven experience, and you gain plenty of on-the-job experience along the way. Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with lots of other professionals, which greatly increases your chances for getting hired when job openings arise. Discover what Broadcast Nola can do for your future career.


WHY BROADCAST NOLA?


  • ▪ We keep you out of debt. Our exceptionally low tuition rate means you can graduate with little or no debt, so you can concentrate on your broadcasting career, not on how you're going to pay your debt.

  • ▪ Learn on-the-job. You'll be learning as an apprentice in a real radio station, which means you'll learn the business from the inside.

  • ▪ A structured yet adaptable course curriculum. You will be watching someone who makes a living doing what you want to do and applying the things you are learning from being on the job.

  • ▪ Connections, connections, connections. As with any creative industry, training alone won't get you where you want to go. The radio industry lives and breathes by connections—the kind you can only make in the real world, not in a classroom or lab. Your curriculum is taught completely on-the-job in a real broadcasting facility, and your "classroom" is the real world. This means you get the chance to meet, interact and network with people of influence—the decision makers in this industry who can one day hire you!


WHAT WILL I LEARN?


At Broadcast Nola, you'll be learning a lot more than just how to work at a radio station. You will learn communications skills that can take you into many different realms of broadcasting, from Radio to Television, and even the expanding field of Internet Streaming and YouTube hosting. Our comprehensive curriculum covers everything you need to become a 21st-century broadcasting professional. It's also why what you will learn in the course is adaptable to fit your goals and interests. Whether you want to be a radio DJ, voiceover talent, sportscaster, news anchor, or even host your own Internet show!

The best thing about the Broadcast Nola program is that you never have to do it alone. Your mentor will be there to help you every step of the way. You'll be learning on-the-job in a real broadcasting facility from a highly experienced broadcasting professional. Develop skills at your own pace, and you can ask your mentor as many questions as you like!

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM LIKE?


The Broadcast Nola Boot Camp is an intensive combination of homework, practice, and on-the-job experience. Here's just a sample of what you'll learn:

  • ▪ Introduction to Editing
  • ▪ The Studio
  • ▪ Vocal Development
  • ▪ Performance Development
  • ▪ Copywriting essentials
  • ▪ Commercial Announcing
  • ▪ Interviewing Techniques
  • ▪ News Announcing
  • ▪ Specialty Announcing
  • ▪ Introduction to Voiceovers
  • ▪ Sports Broadcasting Announcing
  • ▪ Developing Your Demo Tape
  • ▪ Integrating Social Media into Radio
  • ▪ Building and Utilizing Your Network
  • ▪ Secrets to Landing Your First Job in Broadcasting

In addition to the curriculum listed above, the Broadcast Nola course also includes:

▪ Six months of hands-on training inside a nearby radio station

▪ Convenient training schedule which YOU set

▪ Structured learning using the most in-depth and contemporary radio broadcasting course curriculum available

▪ Audio seminars taught by sports broadcasters, DJs, newscasters, and talk show hosts

▪ Demo tape creation and resume’ assistance

▪ Membership in NOMAI and use of facilities on campus.

Core Career Values


By incorporating the following learning and career outcomes into its programs, Broadcast Nola ensures that members who complete the course can handle themselves in professional, civic, and personal settings.

▪ Effective Communication. Members will demonstrate competence in written communication skills that lead to the clear and purposeful expression of ideas, information, and logical reasoning.

▪ Critical Thinking. Members will demonstrate critical thinking skills to analyze problems, search for evidence to support conclusions, reflectively process information, and formulate solutions.

▪ Job-Specific and Technical Skills. Members will demonstrate competence in program-specific technical skills and an understanding of the common body of knowledge associated with a specific program.

▪ Professional and Life Skills. Members will demonstrate competent professional and life skills that include responsibility, self-motivation, and will make progress toward becoming engaged and self-reliant learners.

▪ Qualifications for Advancement. Members will have the skills and credentials to apply for jobs, change careers, advance in their current workplace, or pursue advanced education.

Admission



Admission is Easy, Flexible and Fast

  • ▪ No application fee

  • ▪ No standardized test scores needed

  • ▪ No prerequisites for career courses


ADMISSION F.A.Q.


WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for a wide range of people! Our programs benefit anyone from a college graduate with programming experience to someone from a completely different industry with no experience. We teach you everything from the ground up so you don’t need to worry about the details. We are simply looking for driven, determined and passionate people looking to make a change in their life.


HOW LONG IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
The application process typically takes about 5 – 7 business days, as long as you are able to complete all of the required steps on time.


WHAT PRIOR EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
If you have prior experience, then that is a plus. If not and you are willing to work hard and put in the time you can still succeed since we teach you everything from the ground up.


IF I ALREADY HAVE A PROGRAMMING BACKGROUND, WOULD I STILL BE A FIT?
Absolutely! Technology moves quickly, and the languages and methods you will learn are the latest and most sought after by employers.


WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO ATTEND?
You must be at least 18 years old to attend.


WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS LIKE?
It’s quite simple! If you are interested, please fill out our online application, and we will contact you. We will interview and evaluate potential candidates in a variety of ways, looking at logical thinking skills as well as personality and determination.


DO YOU ACCEPT FOREIGN STUDENTS?
We accept all U.S. citizens and any foreign students with a valid visa.


COMMON QUESTIONS

WHERE IS NOMAI LOCATED?
On the campus of Southern University at New Orleans.


ARE THERE ANY BREAKS DURING CLASS?
Yes. The typical training day consists of short lectures, lots of hands-on training and guidance, individual as well as group projects, and of course plain old break time. In addition expect study sessions, guest speakers and other activities to get away from the grind.


DO I NEED A COMPUTER FOR CLASS?
Yes, all students are required to bring a Mac or PC to do their coursework. A USB or regular microphone, and an audio interface are also required. Please contact us for specifications.


WILL YOU FEED ME?
Tuition doesn’t include meals, but we are conveniently located near restaurants and cafes.


DO YOU PROVIDE HOUSING?
We do not provide housing, but if you are in need of a place to stay, please let us know. We may be able to help you with finding short-term rentals.


HOW MANY HOURS PER DAY DOES THE COURSE RUN?
This is an intensive training program. Formal classroom training typically runs on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. However, expect to work on exercises and projects outside of classroom hours.


HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN A CLASS?
We have found that smaller class sizes allow for a better learning experience. By limiting our program to 15 students per class we provide you with the individual attention, assistance, and support you need to succeed.


DO YOU GUARANTEE ME A JOB AFTER THE CLASS?
Unlike other schools that take a cut of your salary, or place you in their limited network of partner employers who agree to pay a placement fee, we do not “guarantee” a job. With us you will receive solid training in the most sought-after technologies to prepare you for a long-term career.


DO YOU OFFER JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE?
Yes, all students are required to bring a Mac or PC to do their coursework. A USB or regular microphone, and an audio interface are also required. Please contact us for specifications.


CAN I ATTEND CLASS VIRTUALLY OR ONLINE?
All students must be physically present in order to participate in this program. However, we understand that life happens, so we will do our best to accommodate the unexpected.


Tuition


We know that cost is a major hurdle for many prospective students. For this reason, we offer creative financing options for those who qualify for financial assistance.

Our tuition is budget-friendly and all-inclusive!

  • ▪ Start with a down payment

  • ▪ Monthly installments at little to no interest


All program materials are included – books, study guides, academic support and career guidance.

TUITION F.A.Q.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?
Tuition for Broadcast Nola ranges between $1800.00 and $2600.00 for the complete 6 month Program.

  • ▪ Tuition does not include NOMAI ID fee of $10

  • ▪ Tuition does include NOMAI membership fee of $150 per month for the duration of program.


CAN I GET FINANCING?
We work with lenders that understand the needs of Broadcast Nola students and offer convenient financing options with small payments due monthly while you attend class.


ARE THERE ANY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
We have several payment options available, as well as the ability to work with a variety of financial situations. Please email us to see if you qualify.


ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS



OUR ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS CONTAIN MANY OF THE ELEMENTS OF OUR 6 MONTH PROGRAM, SUCH AS INSTRUCTOR-FACILITATED GROUP CRITIQUE, AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT TECHNIQUE OR PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS. THEY ARE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE AGED 18 OR OLDER FOR FREE, NO MONEY UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. ALL ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE AT THE NEW ORLEANS MEDIA ART INSTITUTE LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS OF SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AT NEW ORLEANS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT GETTING TO THE WORKSHOP, THE FORMAT OR CONTENT, PLEASE CONTACT US.


Internet Radio in a Day


NOMAI and independent internet radio station provider, www.Towerplug.com, have joined forces to bring you this one-day workshop on how to build your own online radio station using Towerplug.com’s Centova Cast. Centova Cast is radio automation software that lets you schedule, manage and run a radio station remotely and collaboratively. From online stations to audio streaming in hostile environments, Centova Cast can be used in many diverse situations.


So, whether you are an experienced broadcaster, or a journalist looking to hone a new skill, this workshop will be able to guide you through the following:

  • 1) Understanding Centova Cast, and how it can be used to manage your radio station
  • 2) How to go live and record using Centova Cast.
  • 3) How to produce the radio station flow online.

Included in the price of the workshop is a free one-month trial of Centova Cast, free hosting page for station and 10gigs in music playlist storage. Attendees will be automatically registered prior to the workshop.

Attendees should bring a laptop to the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own collection of .mp3 music recordings on USB media, and/or a USB compatible audio recording device to work with during the day. For more information on Internet Radio Stations visit www.towerplug.com


Workshop schedule:

  • 10:00-11:30 Introducing Centova Cast– the basics
  • 11:30-11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45-12:45 Using Centova Cast to build a radio station
  • 1:15-2:15 Going Live from Anywhere using Centova Cast

The facilitator for the workshop will be Philip Begnaud from www.towerplug.com. He is the manager of towerplug.com and has been involved in radio since 1993.


The workshop will be held at the New Orleans Media Art Institute on Southern University at New Orleans campus.


Making Music with Computers: Creative Programming


In the twenty-first century, computers have become indispensable in music making, distribution, performance, and consumption. Making Music with Computers: Creative Programming Workshop introduces important concepts and skills necessary to generate music with computers. It interweaves computing with musical concepts and creative activities, showing students how to integrate musicianship, creativity, and design of the arts with the formality of computer science. Requiring minimal musical or programming experience, the workshop helps students learn how music is made with computers, programming in a creative context, and understanding how to use computer music applications. Also designed to promote self-development, this workshop shows musicians and digital music enthusiasts how to write and create music compositions.


Media Sales Workshop


Do you want to start your career and ensure success as a radio or television sales professional? Learn the latest techniques in sales? Here is your opportunity to achieve your goals. Our Media Sales Workshop connects you with people thriving locally in the industry through hands-on workshops, where you can communicate and learn from experienced salesman and media professionals in the market.

EVENT PRODUCTION WORKSHOP


Make sure the audience can hear every note, catch the action on the field for the fans watching at home, or design a show that leaves them breathless. It's all part of live production, and Broadcast Nola’s Show Production workshops can teach you the skills you'll need to become a part of the team behind the scenes. you'll learn all about the production details of live events. You'll do this in our on-campus live sound environments, where you'll cut your teeth and put your skills to the test in multiple performance settings. You'll learn about show production systems, hone your live engineering skills, learn how to diagnose the acoustics of a room, and explore the world of lighting, as you learn to best utilize all the resources that make a live production memorable. You'll learn about the professional installation of multimedia systems in a variety of settings. You will learn about layouts, wiring, equipment, and control programming of various installation systems, giving you comprehensive knowledge of career options.


Apply



  • 1. Apply online

  • 2. Submit your resume & writing sample

  • 3. Talk goals and apprenticeship schedule with Program Mentor

  • 4. Complete NOMAI Membership Registration

  • 5. Join the program!