SOURCE: Madison Media Institute - College of Media Arts

Madison Media Institute - College of Media Arts

June 24, 2009 12:01 ET

Madison Media Institute Goes Green With New Media Systems Technology Program

MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - Madison Media Institute (MMI) has broken ground on an additional facility, which will feature a high-tech, commercial-grade theater for the Media Systems Technology students to develop, update and learn. Located adjacent to the original building, this new structure will expand the campus and house classes for both the Media Systems Technology program and the new Game Art and Animation program. Once the large-format theater is fully constructed, all MMI students will be able to utilize the space to showcase their talent and demonstrate their skills.

MMI's Media Systems Technology program began this summer and is being head by Ben Engwall, a graduate of MMI who has over ten years' experience in the Audio/Video industry. Engwall has extensive knowledge in project management, engineering, system design, programming, installation and live sound reinforcement. He is a member of the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association, and has designed and installed a wide variety of residential, commercial and automation systems.

The Media Systems Technology program allows students to develop a solid foundation in principles of electricity and electronics, and the application of low-voltage electronics to residential and commercial applications. Students acquire the basics of media systems design, especially as it relates to sound and video systems. "Our Media Systems Technology program is different from other programs in that we are focusing on current emerging technologies in the residential world... data networking, home automation and green technology. Our goal in the new facility is to recreate residential and commercial installation environments where students can learn the application of new technology, as well as new construction and retrofit installation techniques," said Engwall.

Students will learn the installation of low-voltage cabling and the integration of a variety of systems, including home theater, distributed audio, home automation, CCTV, intercom, access control, fire alarm, security and data networking. They will gain experience with components ranging from LCD projectors and audio components to networking infrastructure. They will work with a variety of tools and hardware, including digital multitesters, cable testers, reflectometers, cabling, switches, connector blocks, racks, and servers. Throughout the program they are trained in on-the-job safety.

Madison Media Institute, established in 1969, specializes in media career training through hands-on work with cutting-edge equipment. Specific areas of curriculum include Digital Media Design & Production, Recording & Music Technology, Video & Motion Graphics, Media Systems Technology, Game Art & Animation and Entertainment & Media Business. Programs and facilities are continually upgraded to coincide with developments made in technology and communications.

Madison Media Institute is accredited nationally by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. For more information please visit or call 1-800-236-4997.

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