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A.A.S. Sound Design for Visual Media

A.A.S. Sound Design for Visual Media

The Sound Design for Visual Media program is an occupational degree program, taught by industry accomplished school instructors, that immerses the college student in the world and industry of sound design for visual media. College students in class 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, college 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 of the sound design for visual media program will be well prepared for this exciting and rewarding industry.

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Sound Design for Visual Media Courses

Core Curriculum

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

Class Name

  • Studio Audio Engineering I
  • Desktop Production I
  • Desktop Production II
  • Audio Engineering for Visual Media
  • Audio Production for Visual Media I
  • Audio Production for Visual Media II
  • Audio for Visual Media Portfolio I
  • Computer and Web Fluency
  • Video Editing I
  • 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


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:


  • 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

College 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 sound design for visual media 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

  • 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).
  • 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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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: Sound Design for Visual Media.

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