The RRFC Difference
What Makes RRFC Stand Out from Ordinary Schools
At RRFC, we have no pretense of being like ordinary trade schools and college career programs. In fact, we revel in the fact that we are different! We welcome you to compare our radio, film and recording programs with those of our competitors and see how we stand out from the competition in our effectiveness, in our price, and most of all, in our results. To help you out, let us point out just a few of the things that make RRFC different from the typical college or trade school.
OUR LEARNING APPROACH
While our competitors utilize a traditional college classroom approach (i.e., a class of 10-30 students in a classroom, following a syllabus taught by a full-time teacher), RRFC uses the innovative apprentice-based i.e. externship-based learning approach. We provide a curriculum, and place our students as apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios, film production companies, and radio broadcast facilities to be trained by working industry professionals who are actually doing what they teach.
OUR CLASS SIZE
While traditional school class sizes average around 20:1 (20 students to one instructor), class sizes at RRFC are 1:1. You’re reading that correctly: one student to one mentor (teacher). No exceptions. That’s the beauty of apprentice-based learning—as an apprentice (extern), you have the full, undivided attention of your teacher/mentor, and you go through your lessons one-on-one.
Typical trade schools and colleges have designated classrooms and/or simulated studios in which they teach their students. We recognize that in the fields of film, recording and radio, isolated classroom environments are not the best place to learn for everyone. Thus, with RRFC, our “classrooms” are real-world working environments. Our students go to class inside actual recording studios, radio stations and film production companies.
While typical colleges and trade schools hire full-time teachers to teach, we believe that working professionals who are successful at doing what they do are among the best people to teach our students. That is why at RRFC, all our mentors are actual, working professionals who are making a living in the film, recording and broadcasting industries, who can teach the skills and knowhow you need to succeed in those fields.
OUR JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAM
Many schools claim to provide job placement assistance, but in reality much of this assistance amounts to little more than printouts of job openings, with very little help in making connections with potential employers. At RRFC, our primary goal is to make you employable and help you get employed, so our program is geared around that goal. Placing our students as apprentices (externs) in actual workplaces has its advantages; we enable our students to form industry relationships while they learn. Not only is job placement assistance available, building industry relationships is an important opportunity that’s oftentimes just par for the course, thanks to our approach. Many of our students get hired before they graduate! Beyond that, we offer active job placement training and assistance for our graduates who need it.
TIME IT TAKES TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM
While the typical trade school or college program requires a full-time commitment of 2-4 years to complete, our on-the-job training and one-on-one instruction in the workplace helps to accelerate learning. RRFC students are prepared for entry into film, recording or radio industries in as little as six to nine months. Our programs are also designed with better flexibility than most of our competitors as well, because of the nature of our one-on-one instruction. Flexible schedules are available, so feel free to ask!