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Audio Production & Engineering

A.A.S. Audio Production & Engineering

The audio production and engineering program is an occupational degree program designed to train producer engineers who are entrepreneurs, musically and technically creative, and proficient in modern recording technology and technique. Audio production and engineering students learn the fundamentals: acoustics, audio signal flow, recording, music theory, digital audio workstations, MIDI sequencing, and music and entertainment business essentials.

Throughout the audio production and engineering degree program, students are involved in hands-on exercises and real-world studio projects that enable them to apply their knowledge and refine their skills. After mastering the core concepts, audio production and engineering students learn artistic and technical skills: microphone technique, mixing, critical listening, session management, studio etiquette, people skills, and basic song composition and programming. Students are introduced to many facets of the audio production industry — from traditional studio work to live sound, post production, sound design, composition, A&R, marketing and distribution.

In our advanced classes, audio production and engineering students hone their creative and technical skills while working with advanced recording, editing, mixing and mastering techniques, song arrangement, chord structure and harmony. At the end of the program, each student presents a portfolio — a selection of his or her best work to date. This serves as a demo reel for potential employers and clients — an audio resume with professional content that highlights the graduate’s talent and skill.

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Audio Production & Engineering Courses

Core Curriculum.

Audio production and engineering students are required to earn all credits from the following list of courses:

Class Name

  • Studio Audio Engineering I
  • Studio Audio Engineering II
  • Music Fundamentals I
  • Desktop Production I
  • Desktop Production II
  • Music Fundamentals II
  • Audio Production for Visual Media I
  • Computer and Web Fluency
  • The Media Industry Landscape
  • Business Management for Media Professionals
  • Principles of Design I
  • Law and Economics of Intellectual Property
  • Career Planning for the Creative Professional


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

See the full course list for options.


Select four credits from the following:

  • Studio Audio Engineering III
  • Music Production Techniques

Select four credits from the following:

  • Studio Audio Engineering Portfolio I
  • Music Production Portfolio

Total core minimum requirement: 67 credits

General Education

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


  • Speech Communications
  • Composition (required)
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Art of Persuasion
  • Mass Communication


  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Film in Society
  • World Music
  • Spanish I
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Art in the Modern World

Natural Science & Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Environmental Issues
  • Topics in Mathematical Reasoning (required)*
  • College Algebra I (required)*
  • Earth Science
  • College Algebra II

Students must complete either NS112 or NS116.

Social Science

  • Global Citizenship (required)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • History of American Music
  • Law in Society
  • Interpersonal Relations (required)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • 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 Audio Production & Engineering

  • 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
  • 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.



Words really can’t describe the Institute of Production and Recording experience. If you are interested in a career in audio production and engineering, you should tour our Minneapolis music college, see the labs and meet our staff. Call 1-866-477-4840 or contact admissions to make arrangements.

Audio Production & Engineering


8% is the average growth rate for all occupations from 2016 to 2026.*

*The average growth rate data is taken from the site for the occupation: Audio Production & Engineering.

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