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The Illinois Media School was opened in 1986 to respond to the needs of area radio and television stations for entry-level positions in their industry. The Chicago campus opened in 2010.

Illinois Media School, Chicago Campus is a great place to go to school in a city rich with culture, history, and entertainment.

Hands-On Training

Learn by Doing” is the School’s style. We know that there is no substitute for operating the tools of broadcasting under the direction of broadcast professionals. The classes and studio sessions are run with the same professional informality that is found throughout the broadcast industry.

Click on a field of study to find out what programs are available at Illinois Media School.


Radio & TV Broadcasting

Our 9-month hands-on, real-world technical training gives our students the tools they need to be competitive in todays’ industry. Our core program gives you the opportunity to experience the industry as it is today. Taught by working professionals and guided by experienced career services advisors, students are fully trained and prepared to enter the broadcasting industry with minimal on-the-job training.

Media Sales & Marketing Advanced Certification Program

Selling any show or new act can be difficult, and our Media School has the modules you need to learn to market to your target audience Our Web Enhanced Marketing module goes hand in hand with our more standard Use of Content Management Systems course. Our students start learning how to construct a successful sales package from day one in our Media School’s television broadcasting program, giving them a valuable edge over the competition.

Audio Production Advanced Certification program

The Audio Production program provides an entry into the field of studio-based audio recording and production. The course hones the student’s skills in audio editing and engineering, and applies that skill to the in-studio recording environment. Students learn theory of acoustics, electronics, and audio components, and they learn to record, track, mix, and master music within an audio facility. Importantly, students learn the industry standard audio engineering software and practice that software through the courses in the program. The course also provides instruction on the music and broadcasting industries, and the range of professional opportunity as an audio engineer and music business professional.

Sports Broadcasting

Any fledgling sports broadcaster who hopes to succeed at this attractive career needs to understand the intricate ways in which the industry actually works and thinks. There are tricks to this trade, and before you can ever get a foot in the door, you’ll have to learn them. That’s what sports broadcasting schools are all about. The sports broadcasting program will help you acquire the trifecta of factors that every sportscaster needs to possess: talent, enthusiasm, and education.

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A Beautiful Location

The Illinois Media School, Downtown Chicago Campus is located in the center of downtown Chicago. The School has a fully-equipped TV Studio and master Control Room with a high definition Tri-Caster Production Switcher and live virtual backgrounds and sets in addition to 23 video editing stations. The School also has 10 fully-equipped Radio Studios and 2 On-Air Internet Radio Stations.

Accessible to all major highways located in the heart of the Loop in the center of Chicago. The Loop is home to a wide variety of historic sites such as Dearborn Station where all travelers arrived until Union Station was built. Attractions like the fabulous Skydeck at Willis Tower offers you a panoramic view of the city from 1,353 feet into the air. We also have an unmatched public transportation system that features the iconic “L” trains, the Metra and bus service.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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