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The RRF Difference

What Makes RRF Stand Out from Other Schools

At RRF, we have no pretense of being like other 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 RRF different from the typical college or trade school.


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), RRF uses the innovative apprentice-based learning approach. We provide a curriculum, and place our students as apprentices 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.


While traditional school class sizes average around 20:1 (20 students to one instructor), class sizes at RRF are 1:1. You’re reading that correctly: one student to one teacher. No exceptions. This is the beauty of apprentice-based learning—as an apprentice, 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 no place to learn. Thus, with RRF, 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 who do nothing but teach, we believe the best people to teach our students are working professionals who are actually successful at doing what they do. That is why at RRF, all our mentors are actual, working professionals who are making a living in the film, recording and broadcasting industries, and are therefore more qualified to teach you how to succeed in those fields.


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 RRF, 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 in actual workplaces has its advantages; we enable our students to form industry relationships while they learn, so job placement is virtually part of the package. (Many of our students get hired even before they graduate!) Even beyond that, we offer an additional year of active job placement training and assistance for our graduates who need it.


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 help to accelerate this process. RRF students are prepared to enter the film, recording or radio industries in as little as six months. Our programs are also designed with better flexibility than most of our competitors as well, because of the nature of one-on-one instruction. Part-time, night and weekend schedules are available.


While most college and trade school programs in film, radio and recording are priced anywhere from $20,000 to over $100,000 from start to finish, RRF is able to offer a quality, apprentice-based education for some of the lowest tuition rates you’ll find anywhere. Most of our programs cost $8800 from start to finish, including all books and materials. Additionally, unlike other schools, we don’t pad our tuition with hidden fees or add-on charges, and we don’t charge you any money to apply. Whatever program you select, the price we quote is the price you pay.

As you can see, when you compare RRF with our competitors, there is not much about us that is the same as other schools. However, the things that make us different are the things that make us better, as attested by the vast number of our students who have gone on to successful careers in radio, film and recording. Click here to read some of their stories.


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