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Live Sound & Show Production

A.A.S. Live Sound & Show Production

The Associate in Applied Science in Live Sound and Show Production is an occupational degree program designed to present sound and lighting performance enhancement through the blending of technology and aesthetic application. The live sound and show production degree program presents the fundamentals of acoustics, signal flow, color and light, basic electronics, audio, lighting and video reproduction devices. Students are trained to be audiovisual engineers and designers who are proficient in the creation, operation and planning of modern day musical, theatrical, event and corporate productions.

Throughout the live sound and show production degree program, students are involved with hands-on exercises and real-world shows and events that enable them to apply their knowledge and refine their skills. General education requirements in the areas of communication, social science, natural science and humanities provide analytical and communication skills as well as a global perspective of diverse cultures.

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Live Sound and Show Production Courses

Core Curriculum

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

Class Name

  • Studio Audio Engineering I
  • Desktop Production I
  • Computer and Web Fluency
  • The Media Industry Landscape
  • Business Management for Media Professionals
  • Principles of Design I
  • Career Planning for the Creative Professional
  • Event Production
  • Principles of Lighting Systems
  • Wiring Basics
  • Principles of Lighting Design
  • Sound Reinforcement I
  • Visual Displays and Control
  • Sound Reinforcement II
  • Sound Reinforcement III
  • The Big Show


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

See the full course list for options.

Total core minimum requirement: 68 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

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: 98 credits

Based on competency exam scores, a live sound and show production student may be required to take one or more of the following preparatory classes: 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 Live Sound & Show Production

  • 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.
  • Sound Engineering Technicians– Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio and television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, movies and in office and school buildings.



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Live Sound & Show Production


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: Live Sound & Show Production.

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