After graduating from CCM’s bachelor of fine arts program in electronic media in 2010, Zach Mueller has put his talents and skills to the test on the adventure of a lifetime.
Three years after receiving his BFA, Mueller found himself out of the sound lab and on location in Alaska as a sound mixer for the Discovery Channel's Gold Rush (formerly Gold Rush: Alaska), a reality television series produced by RAW TV, focused on the mining of the gold placer deposits of Alaska, the Klondike and Guyana.
CCM’s curriculum is designed to allow students like Mueller to hit the ground running. "The Electronic Media Division is very much in line with the University of Cincinnati's focus on experiential learning," explains Division Head John Owens. "We challenge students to become multi-platform media storytellers and then apply their talents in real-world projects and internships. We believe this gives our graduates an advantage because they are not pigeon-holed into one career path and they have excellent portfolio material that clearly demonstrates their capabilities."
Thanks to internationally accomplished faculty members like CCM's Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin Kurt Sassmannshaus, Mueller has worked abroad in Denmark, Portugal, the Netherlands and China since graduation, building his international experience and expertise. However, Mueller notes that working with a foreign crew in his own country was a new experience. “I felt very lucky to be on the show and working with a British crew was an amazing experience,” says Mueller. While working on season four of Gold Rush as the only sound mixer with a very small, mostly British crew, Mueller had to learn not only about life in Alaska but also about how to work with his crew’s unique vocabulary and practices.