Music Production Courses l Audio Engineering Diploma

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Check out the list of music production courses and audio engineering courses offered in our Audio Engineering Diploma Program.

Advanced Digital Audio Production 3 (ADAP 3)

The focus of this course is on applying knowledge and skills to production projects such as a multi-track music editing, mixing and mastering projects; the creation of a soundtrack with a visual effects/video/animation student; and demonstrating competency through a Practical Application Skills Evaluation (PASE) that tests proficiency in audio editing software and hardware. These competencies are relevant to the post-production, music production, audio for Internet, and audio for games fields.

Advanced Recording Techniques-Music (ARTm)

ART is about the art of recording. The many variables that impact engineering and production decisions are considered, particularly as they relate to post production (ARTp) and music (ARTm) but not exclusively. Advanced and esoteric techniques and equipment are explored for their applicability to various design intentions. The course uses a demonstration methodology to expose students to more advanced and/or exploratory ideas and techniques that students may subsequently choose to experiment with in their production work in the companion courses of Audio Post Production Engineering 5012 or Music Production 6012.

Advanced Recording Techniques – Post (ARTp)

ART is about the art of recording. The many variables that impact engineering and production decisions are considered, particularly as they relate to post production (ARTp) and music (ARTm) but not exclusively. Advanced and esoteric techniques and equipment are explored for their applicability to various design intentions. The course uses a demonstration methodology to expose students to more advanced and/or exploratory ideas and techniques that students may subsequently choose to experiment with in their production work in the companion courses of Audio Post Production Engineering 5012 or Music Production 6012.

Audio Post-Production Engineering (APP)

Students learn and practice skills related to the roles of producer and engineer for film and TV post-audio production through the recording and production of projects. Topics include studio protocol, working with talent, budgets and clients, system integration and interfacing, microphone techniques, recording and producing techniques, procedures and issues in session work, critical listening/ear training applied to aesthetic and acoustical issues, mixing and mastering, automated dialogue replacement, sound effects and design, synchronization (lock-up), and Foley.

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

Career Management (CM)

This course is specifically designed for those working in the arts and entertainment industry. It will introduce them to practical knowledge, skills, and tools for dealing with business and financial needs in order to avoid the ‘starving artist’ trap. As students work through the course they build a personal business plan that will be the foundation for building a successful long-term career.

Digital Audio Production 1 (DAP 1)

In the digital audio series of courses, production skills are developed hand in hand with knowledge of the concepts, procedures, and techniques of non-linear digital audio production. By the end of this first course students are ready to apply their skills to intermediate and advanced work in non-linear digital audio production. Computer basics specifically relevant to the integration of audio applications within the operating system and hardware are covered.

Digital Audio Production 2 (DAP 2)

Students progress to an intermediate level of audio editing software and digital audio skills that provide a solid grounding for entry-level positions in the non-linear audio post-production field.

Digital Music Arranging and Scoring (DMAS)

Students study approaches to arranging as it relates to computer-based technology in contexts that are applicable to both musicians (arrangers and composers) and non-musicians (audio engineers and producers).

Digital Music Entrepreneur (DME)

The fundamentals of marketing and distributing music on the internet are applied to realizing Internet audio promotional goals for musicians, songwriters, and other artists and businesses.

Digital Studio Operations 1 (DSO 1)

DSO incorporates the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to integrate the various technologies of, and engineer in, a fully digital recording studio environment. Digital audio theory is explored and applied to practical skills development in the use of digital consoles, digital recorders, external DSP, software signal routing, interfacing equipment, slaving transports, synchronizing digital audio streams, and full-console automation/editing using dedicated automation computers and general purpose MIDI.

Digital Studio Operations 2 (DSO 2)

DSO incorporates the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to integrate the various technologies of, and engineer in, a fully digital recording studio environment. Digital audio theory is explored and applied to practical skills development in the use of digital consoles, digital recorders, external DSP, software signal routing, interfacing equipment, slaving transports, synchronizing digital audio streams, and full-console automation/editing using dedicated automation computers and general purpose MIDI.

Electronic Music Production 1 (EMP 1)

This is the first in a series of courses in which students develop a working theoretical and skills-based knowledge of the contemporary electronic production environment, starting with MIDI sequencing and the use of synthesizers. Both live and studio applications are covered, and full use is made of the digital signal processing resources available within the equipment.

Electronic Music Production 2 (EMP 2)

Students continue to develop a detailed knowledge of the MIDI language and sequencers. Professional skills are taught in a MIDI production lab using industry standard software and hardware.

Electronic Music Production 3 (EMP 3)

Students learn MIDI and synthesis skills for music production and sound design, and develop familiarity with sound design concepts using current synthesis methods and sampling.

Employability Skills 1, 2, 3 (AE ES 1, 2, 3)

In addition to specific technical skills employers desire candidates with relevant problem solving abilities and employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviors, adaptability, and teamwork skills. The Employability Skills courses are designed to allow just-in-time exploration of relevant realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs overview, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or department head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects.

Live Sound Reinforcement (LSR)

This practical course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary to design, operate, and troubleshoot small to medium-sized live-performance sound systems, and to overcome the problems inherent in difficult acoustical environments. Students are exposed to various audio systems and acoustical environments encountered in live sound situations such as live performances, speeches and lectures, and MC/DJ systems. Signal flow and troubleshooting skills are continually reinforced in the process of setting up and tearing down complete sound systems in class and, when/if possible, on location.

Location Audio for Film & TV (LAFTV)

The equipment, techniques, protocols, procedures, and skills used for on-site film and TV recording are introduced in this course. When scheduling permits, students participate in a location film/video shoot.

Music Management & Marketing (MMM)

In this introduction to the music industry, students explore the music business from the perspective of the artist and the business manager. Current topics are explored and discussed including new industry and alternative business models and intellectual property issues.

Music Production (MP)

Working with performing artists and finding ‘magic takes’ are skills a great producer develops with experience. Students examine the various methods and techniques for recording musical performances through a focus on the role of the music producer within the production team. This is a hands-on workshop oriented course in which students learn through lecture, discussion, and observation of a professional producer (instructor), then apply their knowledge and develop their skills through their own productions.

Music for TV and Film (MTVF)

This course explores the creative, business, and production aspects of music within the TV and film industries. It starts with an analysis of contemporary musical and sound design trends and applies this to the production environment. The course also investigates the business aspects of creating music for the film and TV industries, covering practical considerations to get a career started.

Audio Engineering Portfolio Production Workshop (AEPPW)

The focus of this class lab is on a final portfolio for publishing to the internet. Under the mentorship of their instructor students access the equipment and resources necessary to complete and polish a sophisticated and professional portfolio designed for targeted markets.

Professional Development 1 (PD 1)

PD 1 is the foundational class in the Professional Development Program series. It is designed to assist students to develop self-awareness by critically examining different aspects of their personalities. They will also be prompted to question their beliefs and behaviors in order to develop a clear sense of the influence they have on their own lives. Students will develop a vision for their future based on the insights they gain from the exercises in this class.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2)

PD 2 builds on the topic of self-awareness to focus on effective interpersonal skills. Students will examine their styles of communicating and they will be given an opportunity to build communication skills in a variety of class exercises. Students will also explore methods for dealing with conflict, setting boundaries, as well as giving and receiving feedback. Through the process of completing the final interview project, students will apply their communication skills and develop knowledge about the interview process.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3)

PD 3 is designed to build on the self-awareness and interpersonal skills to focus on self-mastery and leadership. Students will define what success means to them and then develop strategies for creating that success in their studies, their careers, and their personal lives. They will develop strategies for being an effective leader – both in their own lives and in leading others. Students will also explore the concept and issues related to work/life balance and will have the opportunity to develop and implement a variety of strategies that will assist them with achieving balanced academic and social supports.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4)

PD 4 is designed to build on the skills developed in earlier PD modules to develop professionalism. In this module students will learn the importance of ‘branding’ and corporate culture. Students will create a unique ‘brand’ statement and an effective resume. The final project in this course is a panel interview where students will have the opportunity to apply their professional skills in a formal interview setting. The interview will be filmed so that students can critique their performance and develop strategies for improvement.

Professional Development 5 (PD 5)

PD 5 is the final stage of preparing students for the professional world as they combine what they have learned in the previous four modules. Students will demonstrate their visualization, writing, networking, and presentation skills as they develop and publically present their ‘Success Plan’ to assist them in making the transition from student to successful employment in the field of their choice.

Recording Studio Maintenance (RSM)

Professional production environments require proper setup, maintenance, and repair. Basic studio system maintenance and problem solving skills are taught using a systems approach that emphasizes tracing and monitoring signal flow and gain structures within an integrated environment of diverse equipment and formats.

Recording Studio Sessions 1 (RSS 1)

These series of courses allow students to develop professional skills in operating a modern professional recording facility and running professional sessions as recording engineers and producers. Professional expectations of session protocol, equipment used, and other technical aspects of recording and producing are covered.

Recording Studio Sessions 2 (RSS 2)

Students continue to develop the professional skills, work habits, and attitudes expected by the commercial recording industry. The course applies theory to practice, with students given the opportunity to conduct their own recording sessions under the supervision of the instructor.

Recording Studio Sessions 3 (RSS 3)

Students continue to develop the professional skills, work habits, and attitudes expected by the commercial recording industry. The course applies theory to practice, with students given the opportunity to conduct their own recording sessions under the supervision of the instructor.

Theory of Recording Engineering 1 (TRE 1)

A theoretical groundwork in acoustics and its relationship to electronic equipment that is used in the recording industry for practical applications in engineering and producing is introduced in this course. Fundamental concepts and terminology common to the recording arts are covered and provide a foundation for higher-level skills and more advanced audio courses.

Theory of Recording Engineering 2 (TRE 2)

Psychoacoustics is added to acoustic theory and used to explore more advanced topics such as stereo microphone techniques, the acoustics of musical instruments in relation to microphone techniques, critical listening, and 3D and surround sound.

Understanding Music for Engineers 1 (UME 1)

Starting at ‘ground zero,’ the basics of music theory are covered as they relate to contemporary practical applications for music producers and engineers. Techniques will examine how to relate this information to musicians and others involved in music production. Emphasis is placed on the ability to write, read, and use charts in the studio.

Understanding Music for Engineers 2 (UME 2)

This second level course delves deeper into an understanding of music theory for those involved in music production and performance.

Audio Engineering Work Term

Students must complete both components detailed below.

Students must register and participate in at least 2 major Events or Festivals, either paid or unpaid, completing and logging a minimum total of 100 hrs over the work term period. The student will require confirmation of hours logged from the employer or organization with a brief outline of the tasks carried out and the student’s overall performance in accordance with the work term objectives. If unable to achieve the full number of hours, students must consult with department head for an alternate assignment.

Within assigned groups, students must also complete 1 major recording assignment at one of the school’s recording studios. Students must record and mix a 3 song demo and deliver a mastered product by the end of the work term period. Students will be required to check in each week with the department head or designated staff to review progress and confirm hours logged in the studio. Bands must be approved by the department head. Upon completion of the required hours the department head will signoff on successful completion.

  • Alternate assignments will be determined by the department to ensure work term objectives are fulfilled.
  • Successful completion of RSS, DAP, and LSR are prerequisites for the work term.

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