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Audio Production & Engineering

A.A.S. Audio Production & Engineering

The audio production and engineering program is a 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, college 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. Audio production and engineering 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 college 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.

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.

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Audio Production & Engineering Courses
College 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

Electives

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

See the full course list for options.

Capstone

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

Communications

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

Humanities

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

Natural Science & Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Environmental Issues
  • College Algebra I (required)*
  • Earth Science
  • College Algebra II

Students must complete either NS116.

Social Science

  • Global Citizenship (required)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • History of American Music
  • Interpersonal Relations (required)
  • Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology

 

Total core minimum requirement: 67 credits

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  and CL051 Foundations of Computing.

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