InfoComm Academy® Announces Restructured AV Design School

Restructured InfoComm Academy® Design School will allow design students to spend less time away from the office for each session.

FAIRFAX, VA, February 26 2004 - The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) InfoComm Academy® is pleased to announce the restructuring of its InfoComm Academy® Design School, a move that will allow design students to spend less time away from the office for each session. Sponsored by AMX, the Design School has provided education to hundreds of audiovisual design professionals.

In response to employers' requests for courses requiring less time away from the job for employees, ICIA has restructured its two five -day courses into three three -day courses. In these hectic business times, restructuring also helps students identify and attend training in an appropriate sequence.
Design School now consists of four components:
Design School Online
An online course with over 300 lessons introducing the core concepts of audiovisual systems design
Design School Level 1: The Principles of Applied AV Design (onsite course)
A three -day classroom course exploring the principles of design for proper visual display systems, audio systems and control systems with hands -on opportunities to apply what is learned
Design School Level 2: Facilities Design (onsite course)
A three -day classroom focusing on the environment, ergonomics and infrastructure of the presentation space
Design School Level 3: Systems Design (onsite course)
A three -day classroom course focusing on how to analyze, select and plan seamless equipment interoperation to deliver a desired outcome
The three levels of Design School Onsite are each conducted during three -day courses with intensive, hands -on opportunities.
Mike Weems, CTS, MCP of InFocus, in his third year as Chair of ICIA's Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) said, "Involvement of industry experts in all of ICIA's training is what keeps it current and accurate. All of InfoComm Academy's education and training programs are going through extensive revision. The award -winning Essentials of the AV Industry Online and AV from A -Z for Sales Professionals Online were finished last year, as was a complete restructuring of the Installation School onsite courses. Installation School Online is in the process of revision, and this year is the year for Design School."

Steve Thorburn, PE, CTS -I, CTS -D of Thorburn Associates, Chair of the PETC Curriculum Subcommittee, added, "Being actively involved in InfoComm Academy's Design School for many years, the real challenge is taking the vast amount of knowledge required for design and focusing on the key outcomes that need to be taught in these courses. Members of the Design School curriculum committee have used the results of the job task analysis done for ICIA last year plus their own experience to validate the course materials."

Restructuring these courses into three -day segments makes it easier to take the courses around the world. Level 1: The Principals of AV Design is being offered in April 2004 in Asia, brought to Asia by Hewlett Packard; in the UK, where it is hosted by RGB i -school; and in Australia. Level 2: Facilities Design, will also be offered in these venues in the fall of 2004. And, in June, it will be offered for the first time at InfoComm 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Our goal is to provide top -quality education that meets the needs of audiovisual professionals around the world," said Terry Friesenborg, CTS, ICIA senior vice president of education. "We believe this restructuring is key to achieving this goal."

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About ICIA
The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the conference and trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. ICIA also co -founded with CEDIA and NSCA the Integrated Systems Events in Europe, China and Singapore. ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre -eminent provider of education, training and certification.

As a key industry event, InfoComm is the educational and interactive marketplace for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, systems integrators, rental and staging companies, independent representatives, independent design consultants, architects, facilities managers, engineers, presentations designers and end users, including AV and IT professionals, sales and marketing staff, meeting planners and purchasers. InfoComm attracts a broad spectrum of market sectors, including business, government, military, education, religion, health care, entertainment and conventions. More information is available at

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