What is MediaLight’s training like?

Modern missions requires modern methods. MediaLight is an innovative and intensive media training program designed to give students the skills they need to be competent media missionaries. Our program is holistic. While learning professional media production, students are also grounded in the essential teachings of Jesus Christ and coached on building up their own spiritual core and managing their personal lives. You will be amazed at how much you can grow in only eight weeks!

Holistic Approach. Every morning we open with worship and the “God session” a time in God’s word focused on the teachings of Jesus. Then it’s the “You session” where we gain insights on relationships, sex, leadership & money management (to name a few) and explore the meaning behind our own life’s story.

After morning tea we shift the curriculum to media studies and learn under the oversight of seasoned professionals from around the world. MediaLight believes that we learn by doing so students stay busy working on a variety media projects in tribal villages, universities and city streets.

Hand on Training: Modern Missions, Modern Methods. From the first week, students are immersed in media production training at the hands of skilled professional radio and video producers. Scriptwriting, camera, directing, sound crafting, and editing with Adobe Premiere–we cover it all. We also include training in topics such as graphic design, radio programming, blogging and the use of social networks, and photography.

Students return to their home mission field with a renewed zeal, vastly-improved competence in media work and a widely diverse network of co-producers. Now they are more able to effectively deliver the gospel to their generation.

How much does it cost?

Similar programs cost $5,000-$10,000 but we have done our best to limit our costs because we know how tight finances can be. Our cost for tuition, room and all food is US$2,800 plus a refundable $300 equipment damage fee. (Don’t break or lose anything and you will get all of this back). English is our language of instruction. All students must demonstrate proficiency in English to enroll.

Where do you get your teachers?

MediaLight uses working professionals from all over the world as our trainers. If an instructor trains in photography, for example, you can rest assured that they have real world experience as a professional photographer. Two of our staff just returned from their advanced studies in UCLA’s extension film program. We’re all trained, experience and we keep growing because things are changing all the time.

Can I teach for you?

If you are a committed Christian with years of experience in some aspect of professional media production and a gift for teaching let’s get to know each other and see if there’s a fit. Just email your resume to medialightasia@gmail.com with a note introducing yourself and we’ll get back to you.  And just so ya know, all of us on the teaching staff are volunteers. We raise our own funds for the privilege of helping to shape the next generation of Asia’s Christian communicators.

How do I enroll?

Click here to register. You will receive an email confirmation with the application form. Remember, slots are limited so be sure to sign up soon.

Will I need to bring fancy equipment to do the training?

We train on prosumer level Canon DSLR’s. We have enough equipment at the school for students to learn to shoot and edit professional-grade video. However, if you would like to bring the camera you will be working on and also bring your own laptop that would be great. You can learn on the same gear you will be using. If you haven’t bought anything yet please contact us for suggestions. We will give you a list of the same gear we use here. It’s high quality without being ultra-expensive. We keep the focus on creativity over gadgets.

How long will the program take?

The program takes 10 weeks to complete.

Will I get a certificate after the training?

Of course, we want all our graduates to be able put our proudly on your wall and it may help you with that job interview when you get back home.

Do I have to speak English well?

All training is done in English. We will conduct a Skype interview with all students to insure their ability to converse and comprehend English conversation. If you can read and understand everything on this site your English is good enough for us.

Where will I sleep?

All students sleep in our two cozy dorms at MediaLight. You will sleep in bunks in air-conditioned rooms with at least three others in your room. The by-product of this arrangement is a deep level of community that is one of the hallmarks of life at MediaLight.

Will I get to see Thailand?

We will do a pretty impressive amount of touring in connection with your program. Students ride elephants, have a chance to hold a python weighing 80 kilos, sleep with a mountain tribe family and spend a few days in the tourist capital of the North, Chiang Mai.   It’s all thrown in at no extra charge.

How much free time will I have during the program?

Not much. We work 12 hour days, six days a week for the duration of the program. We log as many contact hours as a university student taking an overload of 18 semester units for a year. We do believe in keeping a rest day though, so Sundays are free days. We worship together Sunday evenings. Besides Sundays  you have two free personal hours in the middle of the day, but these are often taken up with informal planning meetings between yourself and your team so plan to work hard for ten weeks and reward yourself afterward.

Can I stay over and tour Thailand after school?

Sure, but please note that the campus is closed and locked the day after school ends to allow the staff to go away on a retreat. All students must vacate the campus but are certainly free (within the bounds of the remaining time of their visas) to vacation on their own. Please understand that the school staff cannot assist with transportation or any other arrangements for your personal travel. Enjoy your time alone or get together with some of your friends and enjoy the beaches and waterfalls of beautiful Thailand.

What if I’ve never touched a professional camera before?

This happens all the time. We have had many students who had never done any media work before who turn out to be excellent media producers by the time we get through with them. Just ask Josiah who got hired as an editor in Bollywood on the flight back home to India after his training. He had no prior experience, but after MediaLight training was able to impress his examiner enough to land his first media job.

Can you prepare a special diet for me?

Thai food is famous all over the world. Our cook makes excellent, mouth-watering dishes. We cook in two levels of spice: mild and zippy. We cannot accommodate special dietary requests beyond that.

Is there an age limit?

This is a grown-up working community and the student age reflects that. Most of our students are in their mid 20’s to late 30’s but we have had a student as mature as 54 before and he was awesome to work with so there is no hard and fast rule, except that the student must be at least college-age to apply.

Am I too good looking to come to MediaLight?

Nope, we’re all pretty good looking too. We’ll make a space for you on the runway.