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Sound Design for Visual Media Degree
  • A.A.S. Sound Design for Visual Media

    The Sound Design for Visual Media program is an occupational degree program that immerses the student in the world and industry of sound design for visual media. Students learn key skills and concepts necessary to meet the demands of a large-scale audio/visual media project. These skills and concepts include advanced sound design, synchronization, sound effects creation, field and location audio recording, boom operation, ADR recording and editing, Foley recording and editing, the creation and recording of music for visual media programs, and the audible mixing of these elements together. At a higher level, students will also learn how to make the correct aesthetic decisions for the project they are working on, gain important organizational skills that include logging and archiving of media materials, and achieve the skills necessary to advertise and market the final product.

    From small-scale, low-budget independent documentaries to multimillion dollar feature films, graduates will be well prepared for this exciting and rewarding industry.

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  • Sound Design for Visual Media Courses

    Core Curriculum

    Students are required to earn all credits from the following list of courses:

    Class Name

    1. Studio Audio Engineering I
    2. Desktop Production I
    3. Desktop Production II
    4. Audio Engineering for Visual Media
    5. Audio Production for Visual Media I
    6. Audio Production for Visual Media II
    7. Audio for Visual Media Portfolio I
    8. Computer and Web Fluency
    9. Video Editing I
    10. The Media Industry Landscape
    11. Business Management for Media Professionals
    12. Principles of Design I
    13. Law and Economics of Intellectual Property
    14. Career Planning for the Creative Professional


    12 credits, as approved by the dean of students and program chair.

    See the full course list for options.

    Total core minimum requirement: 67 credits

    General Education Requirements

    A minimum of 30 credits, at least three credits from each category:


    1. Speech Communications
    2. Composition (required)
    3. Intercultural Communications
    4. Creative Writing
    5. Art of Persuasion
    6. Mass Communication


    1. Introduction to Humanities
    2. Film in Society
    3. World Music
    4. Spanish I
    5. Introduction to Literature
    6. Art in the Modern World

    Natural Science & Mathematics

    1. Biology
    2. Environmental Issues
    3. Topics in Mathematical Reasoning (required)*
    4. College Algebra I (required)*
    5. Earth Science
    6. College Algebra II

    Students must complete either NS112 or NS116.

    Social Science

    1. Global Citizenship (required)
    2. Introduction to Psychology
    3. History of American Music
    4. Law in Society
    5. Interpersonal Relations (required)
    6. Introduction to Macroeconomics
    7. Sociology
    8. Developmental Psychology
    9. Psychology of Personality

    Total general education minimum requirement: 30 credits

    Total minimum requirement to complete degree: 97 credits

    Based on competency exam scores, a student may be required to take one or more of the following preparatory classes: AP050 Elements of Music, CL051 Foundations of Computing, FM051 Foundations of Math I, FM052 Foundations of Math II, FW051 Foundations of Writing I, and/or FW052 Foundations of Writing II.

  • Careers in Sound Design for Visual Media

    1. Audio and Video Equipment Technicians- Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems. Excludes "Sound Engineering Technicians" (27-4014).
    2. Sound Engineering Technicians- Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

    Sound Design for Visual Media


    9% is the average growth rate for all occupations from 2012 to 2022.*

    *The average growth rate data is taken from the site for the occupation: Sound Design for Visual Media.
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    Placement Rate

    *79% Placement: The rate, reported in 2014, includes a cohort of 151 students who began the program between January and December of 2011. Of these students, 75 graduated within 150% of normal time, 68 were available for employment and 54 (79%) of those available were employed in-field. *Employment rate is for the Associate's degree programs in Audio Production & Engineering and Sound Design for Visual Media.

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