Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the registration process?

Registration is required to attend all workshops.

At registration you will be directed to a “regonline” page. This is the University of California’s official event registration portal. You will be asked to enter your email address and then redirected to the information and payment page. You are offered a choice of paying via credit card or check. Alternately, you may call us to request an invoice for your employer. Payments via invoice, check or wire transfer are due no later than 16 days before the first day of the workshop you are registered for. Please note that registration does NOT secure a place in a workshop. After full payment is received, we will confirm your space in the class.

Your information.

We do not share your information under any circumstance. We may send you an e-mail to notify you of an upcoming workshop should you be unable to attend your preferred training. We also use the e-mail addresses supplied to notify each applicant of their status after the registration process.

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When will I be informed if I have been confirmed for a workshop?

Registrants are confirmed via email once full payment has been received.

What qualifications should participants have?

We are interested in career professionals in communication, journalism, higher education and marketing. Many of our participants are employed in the field of marketing communications, social media content production, public relations, journalism, as faculty from higher education . We are interested in people who have a strong interest in digital media, in advancing the adoption of technology in their organizations, and in furthering their career goals.

Do we accept registrants who work for non-journalistic organizations?

Yes. Our focus is on developing your skills to utilize digital media as a communication tool.

Do I need a travel/tourist visa if I am coming from outside the United States of America?

It depends on your country of origin. Some applicants may attend as a visitor or with a visitor/tourist visa. It is solely your responsibility to secure your visa. Berkeley Advanced Media Institute does not offer assistance in securing a visa. Please read our refund policy in the event that you are unable to obtain the required travel documents.

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What pre-existing skills do I need to have?

Do I need any special language skills?

All training is conducted in English, so English proficiency is required. You are solely responsible for your ability to keep up with and participate in the training.

Do I need to know how to use video, audio or photo equipment or software programs in order to participate?

No. Our focus is on training participants on how to use the tools needed to develop multimedia stories. Each workshop usually includes professionals with some video, photo, audio or Web experience. But many participants have little or no digital skills. Please refer to the specific program description for information on pre-existing skills.

If I am already very skilled in multimedia, which workshop should I attend?

The workshops are designed for people with varying levels of experience in digital media. The focus of each workshop is unique. Please refer to the course description for each workshop’s content to assure you will benefit from our training.

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What equipment is used in the workshop?

Will I need to provide any of my own equipment?

Many of our workshops require participants to bring their own laptops and often require specific software. Please check the requirements for each workshop.

What equipment and computer software/ programs will I be trained in?

Please refer to your workshop content description for detailed information on the equipment and computer software/programs you will be trained in.

Can I bring my own equipment to the workshops?


Where are workshops held?

Most workshops are held at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, in North Gate Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Please verify the location of your specific workshop in your registration confirmation.

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What are the refund/cancellation policies?

  • Cancellations must be received in writing by email to:
  • Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the specified cancellation fee. Please refer to the workshop page for the specified cancellation fee.
  • We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.
  • Failure to appear for a workshop will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.
  • Changes to the registration at anytime are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.
  • Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee, or may have the fee applied as a credit toward attendance at a future Berkeley Advanced Media Institute training program.
  • Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

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Where can I park?

The closest parking to North Gate Hall, where Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is located, is the Lower Hearst Parking Garage. For public parking, you must enter on the second floor via Scenic Ave and park next to a gold pillar. Many spots in this garage are permit parking only, so please be vigilant of posted signs. Parking is $2/hr, max $20/day.

Another option for parking is the Stadium Parking Garage, located under Maxwell Field and between California Memorial Stadium and the Greek Theater. Parking here is $25/day with variable hourly rates.

For more information on different parking garages around campus, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.

Where can I stay?

Where can I stay?

Hotel Durant
2600 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Description: A boutique hotel and a unique blend of classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture and modern conveniences. Steps away from the U.C. Berkeley campus and Telegraph Avenue, the Hotel Durant infuses the formal university setting with the bohemian spirit that Berkeley is known for. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2008, the Hotel Durant is green certified and offers guestrooms with modern conveniences and whimsical details. For last minute bookings, call Hotel Durant at 800-238-7268, or 510-845-8981.
Walking distance: 0.69 km – a 12 minute walk
Distance from Berkeley BART Subway Station: 1.3 km – a 16 minute walk
Shuttle: not available
Business Center: yes
Parking: Adjoining for fee
Notes: Complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access
Bus Stop outside hotel

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
+1.866.466.9199 (Toll Free)
Description: Located two blocks from the University of California – Berkeley campus, the landmark Hotel Shattuck Plaza has returned to Downtown Berkeley after an extensive multi-million dollar renovation. The city’s oldest hotel has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest boutique hotel.
For calling: call the hotel directly – 510-845-7300 or toll free 866-466-9199
Walking distance:1.8 km
Distance from Berkeley BART Subway Station: 0.11 km – 1 minute walk
Shuttle: not available
Business Center: yes
Parking: nearby for fee
Notes: complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access; air conditioning

Claremont Hotel and Spa
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
Description: The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa mixes a rich history with modern amenities, award-winning cuisine, live entertainment and stately accommodations, with unforgettable views of the San Francisco Bay. An urban oasis – near the city, nestled in the Berkeley Hills – the Claremont lets you get away from it all without being too far away from anything.
Walking distance: 2.2 km
Fitness Center: yes – 22,000 sq ft. facility with fitness classes
Business Center: yes
Parking: on-site – fee included in sleeping room rate
Notes: complimentary wireless and wired internet; 3 outdoor pools; full-service fitness facility; kids club; tennis courts; air conditioning

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What else is there to do?


Campus Tour
Take a self-guided tour of the UC Berkeley campus. The campus is known for its hills, so please wear comfortable-fitting clothes and shoes.

Campanile Tour
Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps Berkeley’s most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third-tallest clock tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. It is reachable via the combination of an elevator and stairs. The Campanile was completed in 1914.

Lawrence Hall of Science

Near the top of campus on Centennial Drive, Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is a public science museum and a center for research. Named after Ernest O. Lawrence, the first of Berkeley’s 22 faculty Nobel Laureates, the Hall’s interactive exhibits, games, labs, classes, and demonstrations (not to mention its spectacular, panoramic bay view) attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is one of the largest university art museums in the United States. It is located at the intersection of Oxford and Center streets in downtown Berkeley, across from the main entrance to the UC Berkeley campus.

UC Botanical Garden
One of the finest in the country, the University of California Botanical Garden is home to some 13,000 species of plants grouped according to world regions. The garden has an especially impressive collection of California native plants. You will also find picnic tables, gift and bookstores, and a conservatory for tropical plants.

San Francisco
The city of San Francisco is located 8 miles west of Berkeley across the Bay Bridge, and is accessible via a short car, bus, or BART ride. For information about local public transportation, visit

Zellerbach Hall for Performing Arts
Zellerbach Hall is a 2,000-seat performing arts venue that hosts some of the world’s best in music and dance, as well as major campus events. The adjoining 500-seat Zellerbach playhouse is the site of dramatic art, dance, and other presentations of the Center for Theater Arts. See their webpage for a list of upcoming performances.

California Memorial Stadium
California Memorial Stadium (1923) is the home of the California Golden Bears football team. Designed by John Galen Howard and constructed in less than a year after a statewide fundraising drive, Memorial Stadium seats 76,000 and is dedicated to University students who lost their lives in World War I.

Tilden Park Golf Course
Tilden Park Golf Course, located in the scenic Berkeley Hills, is just minutes away from the UC Berkeley campus. This William Park Bell Jr. design features a challenging 18-hole, par 70 course. Tilden Park’s signature first hole, a 420-yard par 4 straight uphill to an elevated green, is considered to be one of toughest starting holes in the Bay Area. Set amongst rolling hills and tree-lined fairways, Tilden Park Golf Course is truly one of a kind. Tilden Park Golf Course also features a three-tiered driving range with over 60 stalls, practice putting greens and a full service bar and grill.

The Bay area is famous for is top-quality dining.