Avid Learning Academy - FAQ's
What is the Avid Learning Academy (ALA)?
The ALA program is designed to teach students the skills and tools needed to enter and succeed in the creative technology, media, and arts industries and provide a certification that is recognized by top music, post-production, movie, television, and broadcast facilities worldwide. The ALA program combines the strengths of media technology provider Avid and book publisher Rowman & Littlefield, providing K-12 media arts teachers turn-key curricula aligned to the National Core Arts standards and common CTE pathways in Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME).
What would the program look like for my school?
- 36-week program; 108 hours of in-class (and hands-on) instruction led by an authorized Avid Certified Instructor
- Courses can be tailored to existing programs or to focus on specific areas of film editing or audio production.
- One online curriculum seat per student which includes an integrated version of the digital textbook.
- Continuing education required for instructors to receive Avid Certified Instructor (ACI) certification.
- As an ALA partner, your school qualifies to serve as an official testing center for all ALA exams and certifications, allowing for a seamless transition from teaching students to certifying them.
What is the current outlook for a career in sound mixing or film editing?
- Overall employment of broadcast, sound, and video technicians is projected to grow 21 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.(1)
- Approximately 18,000 openings for broadcast, sound, and video technicians are projected each year, on average, over the coming decade.
- Re-recording mixers start around $35-$45 per hour and can earn upwards of $200 per hour.
- Assistant editors start around $2,500 per week, and editors can earn upwards of $3,500 to $10,000 per week or more.
What equipment is needed for the program?
All Avid Learning Academy software is supported by curriculums that can be delivered on both Mac and Windows-based systems, unless otherwise noted.
- Student stations should be equipped with Pro Tools | First™ or Media Composer | First™ software (depending on the program of study). System requirements for the programs can be found here:
- Pro Tools | First System Requirements
- Media Composer | First System Requirement
- Optional equipment recommendations:
- Personal headphones
- MIDI keyboard controller
- Focusrite 2i2 interface (2) or similar
What will the graduates receive by the end of the program?
Graduates will have the ability to pursue their career with measurable value to employers or further their expertise and education with one of our 600 partner educational institutions.
Graduates receive a full package of commendations and benefits including:
- An Avid Certified Associate pathway certification
- Access to certificates that can be printed, downloaded, and shared
How do we get started?
- Review the Avid Learning Academy Program Guide and ACI Certification Guide.
- Apply to the program by completing the online application.
- Complete the Avid Learning Academy legal agreement and return it to a ThinkEDU Avid Learning Academy program representative along with the initial program fee. This establishes authorization for the specified ALA courses and certification exams.
- Certify your teachers by completing the Instructor Certification process, as outlined in the ACI Certification Guide.
- Confirm access to the Elements|ED certification exam system. (This step confirms that a school or facility can offer ALA certification exams through their ACIs.)
- Promote your program. Avid and ThinkEDU will provide support to engage prospective students with marketing and promotional activity.
- Teach with the online/digital courseware and exams. The ALA partner may begin teaching ALA official courses.
For more information, contact ThinkEDU at firstname.lastname@example.org