Because the tools for recording, editing and distribution of audio are evolving at a rapid pace, today?s professional audio recordists and mixers must constantly stay abreast of current developments in equipment technology and production methods. To do this, they must know the basic principles of sound physics and acoustics as well as have skills in equipment operation, aesthetics and design. The Audio Production program is designed to meet the needs of the industry by offering a curriculum that is designed to provide students with a solid background in technology, theory and industry practices.
Practical hands-on experience with recording and post production equipment is designed to prepare students to work in the contemporary market place. While working with computer-based audio software, students are introduced to acoustic and electronic audio basics. Building on this foundation, students take recording and post-production classes, as well as courses in studio business, advanced production, sound design, audio-to-video, advanced mixing, interactive media and professional development. Students are required to create a portfolio to showcase their skills in a variety of audio formats to present to prospective employers. To be accepted into the Audio Production program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required, or permission of the academic department director. See Policies and Procedures section for more details.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Production, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
? Conceptualize, plan, execute and deliver quality music recordings and post-production projects, demonstrating industry standards and using industry-related tools.
? Present and conduct themselves professionally and demonstrate an understanding of specific career paths, job responsibilities, and industry expectations.
? Efficiently troubleshoot and solve problems typically encountered by audio professionals.
? Apply peer and professional critique as well as self evaluation to continuously improve the quality of their work.
? Apply the business and economic principles and practices of the audio industry while maintaining legal and ethical standards.
? Seek entry-level positions in the field of audio production and post production at production houses, radio and TV stations, recording studios, post houses, film and television shoots, audio post studios, and sound-design for game and the Internet.