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By Adekunle Adeleke on Oct 22, 2020

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By Aidan G. on Jun 23, 2020

Beware of this scam of a school and the nameless/employee rated 5 star reviews. They have a terrible reputation and it's because they will allow anyone with a GED that qualifies for federal loans to enroll. Their admissions is a complete joke, they will literally take anyone with a pulse and they take advantage of financially struggling people with big dreams. I began my classes in June 2017 and by September, I was doing the exact projects every month because each month they merged June Night's block with July, and then August, all the way up to September. What they expect you to learn from instructors that either don't care to teach you, or to be honest most of the time physically cannot reach you in a 45 minute to an 1:30 minute is absurd.

It's a sham of a school that preys on poor people. Look at the graduates of this school LinkedIn and you'll see McDonald's is in the top 5 of employers. They'll get you work 2 days, or week, or month, at some shitty minimum wage gig that will drop you in no time when they see how little you actually come out of the program knowing. Complete joke of a trade school, but hey, if you wanna put yourself $20,000 in debt for 9 months of an illegitimate school, go for it I guess. TV and Radio are dying formats, especially in Chicago. If you wanna work in television, go to Los Angeles.

By Ryman Seefeldt on Mar 26, 2020

I'm a prospective student and a USAF veteran. I've been misguided for years and IMS brought me to the light... No more MGIB left for me, but I think Voc Rehab is just what I need to get back into the workforce. No more going to Electrician Apprentice training for me! I really like IMS curriculum as a trade school and I want to double major. I'm so excited just gotta tie up some loose ends before I relocate. Chicago campus is my destination as it has been close to home and evaded me since 2010. Better late than never! Thanks IMS!!!

By Rise Above on Mar 26, 2020

I'm a prospective student and a USAF veteran. I've been misguided for years and IMS brought me to the light... No more MGIB left for me, but I think Voc Rehab is just what I need to get back into the workforce. No more going to Electrician Apprentice training for me! I really like IMS curriculum as a trade school and I want to double major. I'm so excited just gotta tie up some loose ends before I relocate. Chicago campus is my destination as it has been close to home and evaded me since 2010. Better late than never! Thanks IMS!!!

By Tamara K. on Feb 28, 2020

I switched careers and decided to attend IMS to learn how to write, direct and produce my own TV shows and movies. I came out with so much more...a media family, a network, and more experience than I could have ever for. Though my passion was for TV,  I fell in love with radio. I have met and have been mentored by the best in the industry. I have had the pleasure of working closely with the radio personalities that I listened to in high school. What an honor! That within itself was priceless. For this, I am grateful for the relationships I have built, the amazing skills I have learned and the media family I have gained at IMS.

By ChadRoby Entertainment on Feb 27, 2020

My time at Illinois media school was more than wonderful very family oriented I still feel the love whenever I come back to visit many opportunities have come my way such as being a host on Power92 not once but twice I can go on and on but I’ll end with this you’re not enrolling into a school but you’re joining a family ❤️

By William C. on Feb 24, 2020

Illinois media school was a great experience. Mr don clark helped me in looking for a gig after graduation. He was a big help in help me alone the way. I appreciate everything he's done for me. God luck on you next venture.

By Connor S. on Feb 21, 2020

I was able to attend Illinois Media School at night while working a full time job which was a big plus for me. I had great instructors that were in the business, so the information they were giving us was relevant to what I wanted to do. The class sizes were small enough where you could form a relationship with the instructors which helped me a lot.

The projects we were working on also taught us how to do things but they were also fun. We went to Wrigley Field while the Cubs were in the Playoffs and shot some video of fan reaction and got to interview a couple of fans. We also went to the NorthHalsted Halloween Parade and shot video of the parade and all the costumes and talked with some of the people in the parade.

They also helped me find a job in a industry I was interested in. They set up an interview for me and the rest is history. I am still working there now and I am about to celebrate my 2 year anniversary at the company.

I would recommend Illinois Media School to anyone that is looking to do something new with their career and is looking to expand their knowledge in the field of media.

By Connor Sullivan on Feb 21, 2020

I was able to attend Illinois Media School at night while working a full time job which was a big plus for me. I had great instructors that were in the business, so the information they were giving us was relevant to what I wanted to do. The class sizes were small enough where you could form a relationship with the instructors which helped me a lot. The projects we were working on also taught us how to do things but they were also fun. We went to Wrigley Field while the Cubs were in the Playoffs and shot some video of fan reaction and got to interview a couple of fans. We also went to the NorthHalsted Halloween Parade and shot video of the parade and all the costumes and talked with some of the people in the parade. They also helped me find a job in a industry I was interested in. They set up an interview for me and the rest is history. I am still working there now and I am about to celebrate my 2 year anniversary at the company. I would recommend Illinois Media School to anyone that is looking to do something new with their career and is looking to expand their knowledge in the field of media.

By ZxParadoXxZ on Jan 27, 2020

Do not recommend, No Equipment provided, Be prepared to buy all your own equipment and have to put up with a highly discriminating group of people where Jobs are reserved for the select few that they like, I currently go here and after 8 months and a Career Services Dept. Still no job, doubt i will be able to find one after i graduate, on top of that, they took out over 9K in Student Loan money just to learn how to create a blog and operate a 4K camera and most of the time you dont have access to the cameras, they cannot be taken off campus without permission and the computers for their "Film Emphasis" cannot even render a 4 Minute video in under an hour.

By Matt M. on Jan 23, 2020

Hi everyone, I'm Matt Malyszka and in 2018 I made the decision to enroll at the Chicago campus of Illinois Media School. I grew up listening to sports talk radio and that was something I was always interested in doing. However, I originally went to school to study history and I ended up getting my Bachelor's degree in the subject. I quickly realized, I wasn't interested in teaching and that history was more of a hobby. I ended up as a dock worker for multiple companies in the area but it wasn't fulfilling work and I was miserable every day. Enter IMS. I first heard of IMS because of their commercials on local radio stations. I knew I needed to make a change and I decided to enroll. It was a great decision. The core program taught me, and will teach you, the basics of everything in the industry, from writing and producing your own commercials, to how to operate radio and TV equipment. After graduating from the core program, I enrolled in the Sports Emphasis program, to gain further knowledge and experience in the industry and it paid off with multiple opportunities to work in the industry. No matter what your path in broadcasting is, you will learn from some of the best people out there, people who work in broadcasting. Whether it's sports radio, TV, film production, music, you will learn everything you need to know to succeed. Plus our career services team will help to put you in a great position after you graduate. Deciding to enroll at Illinois Media School was a life changing experience for me, and if you're willing to put in the time and do the work, it can be for you too!

By Lovee Martin on Jan 18, 2020

this school discouraged me over some paperwork and they didn’t even help me get the paper work they kicked me out there hr lady not knowing if the school would take the paperwork or moore they will ask you if you need help but won’t be able to help you;; then they changed me to a different start group with a different class even though i was already enrolled.

By ZxParadoXxZ on Dec 19, 2019

By Katy S Dougherty on Nov 20, 2019

It's an awesome school where you learn hands on from professionals currently working in the industry & covering all aspects, Media platforms!!!

By Matthew Ketchum on Nov 01, 2019

I cannot say enough good things about the assistance and support that was impressed upon me by the staff, particularly Lilli W. the Financial Aid Advisor and Karli R. the Senior Admissions Coordinator. They left me confident about my prospects for success.

By Richard Walker on Oct 30, 2019

Many of these instructors pictured here are people actually currently employed in the industry. In my life experience...invaluable!

By dual Rave on Oct 30, 2019

When ever I try to contact them at a certain district no how early I call them I always get sent to voice mail and they don’t even try to call me back even when I tell them it’s Very important.

By Bo White on Oct 29, 2019

By Sharron Pittman on Oct 28, 2019

Illinois Media School has a good concept but in my opinion, lack the direction & focus for students. I wholeheartedly agree with you get out of it what you put into it. I graduated in 2018 and it has changed my life, but my issues with Illinois Media School first came with repetitive learning. Because of the tiny class sizes, we would eventually join 2 other classes that started before and after us. We learned the same thing at least 3 different times because we had to catch everyone else up so that we could all move forward in the same lesson. Also this school could take into consideration on what classes you force people to take, I was strictly there for radio. But I spent weeks on creating a music video and other videography jobs that I felt was completely irrelevant to me. Perhaps it could be presented as an elective. But instead of learning videography that time could have been spent on voice training, a more in depth lesson on Adobe Audition, actually learning a board, learning some of the professional lingo in the industry, etc. One of the things I was excited about was that I didn't have to take those pesky GE classes that you have to take at a traditional college or university. But in reality this school isn't any different because a lot of us were still forced to take classes we did not want to take. Thanks for reading have a great day =)