Live Sound & Show Production Program

Occupational AAS Degree in Live Sound & Show Production


The Associate in Applied Science in Live Sound and Show Production program offers an occupational degree 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. Our school’s Live Sound and Show Production 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, college 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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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, live shows, concerts, sound recordings, movies and in office and school buildings.


Careers in Live Sound & Show Production

Words really can’t describe the IPR experience

If you are interested in a career in live sound and show production, you should tour our Minneapolis creative arts college, see the labs and meet our school staff. Call 1-612-351-0631 or contact admissions to make arrangements

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Jonathan Weiner Live Sound & Show production testimonial

Jonathan Weiner

"I learned how to network and improve on my own communication and attitude, which has sometimes gotten me a lot further than just with my skills at the console. My education and IPR strengthened so much more than just my technical skills, and taught me to challenge myself and to push my own limits."

 Live sound & show production student at IPR  involved with real-world shows and events
Live Sound and Show Production Courses
College 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
  • System Maintenance and Advanced Wiring
  • Sound Reinforcement I
  • Advanced Lighting and Visual Display
  • Sound Reinforcement II
  • Sound Reinforcement III
  • The Big Show

Elective Classes

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

See the full course list for options.

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

Communications Classes

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

Humanities Classes

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

Natural Science & Mathematics Classes

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

Social Science Classes

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


Total core minimum requirement: 68 credits

Total general education minimum requirement: 30 credits

Total minimum requirement to complete degree: 98 credits