Courses – Audio Engineering & Production

BT  Business Technology

DAP 1   Digital Audio Production 1

EMAP 1   Electronic Music Artist Production 1

RSS 1   Recording Studio Sessions 1

TRE 1  Theory of Recording Engineering 1

UME 1   Understanding Music for Engineers 1

PD 1   Professional Development 1

 

DAP 2   Digital Audio Production 2

EMAP 2  Electronic Music Artist Production 2

EMP 1   Electronic Music Production 1

RSM   Recording Studio Maintenance

RSS 2   Recording Studio Sessions 2

UME 2   Understanding Music for Engineers 2

 

ADAP 3   Advanced Digital Audio Production 3

AEP ES1   AEP Employability Skills 1

DMAS   Digital Music Arranging and Scoring

EMP 2   Electronic Music Production 2

LSR   Live Sound Reinforcement

RSS 3   Recording Studio Sessions 3

TRE 2   Theory of Recording Engineering 2

PD 2   Professional Development 2

 

CM   Career Management

DSO 1   Digital Studio Operations 1

DME  Digital Music Entrepreneur

EMP 3  Electronic Music Production 3

MPSD  Music Production and Sound Design

MTVF   Music for TV and Film

 

APP   Audio Post Production Engineering

ARTP   Advanced Recording Techniques – Post Production

DSO 2   Digital Studio Operations 2

LAFTV  Location Audio for Film & TV

PRST  Producing Styles

PD 3   Professional Development 3

 

AEP ES2   AEP Employability Skills 2

AEP ES3   AEP Employability Skills 3

AEP PPW   AEP Portfolio Production Workshop

ARTM   Advanced Recording Techniques – Music

MMM   Music Management & Marketing

MP   Music Production

PD 4   Professional Development 4

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)

ARTM 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 Production (ARTP)

ARTP 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 businessplan 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 nonlinear 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 Artist Production 1, 2 (EMAP)

EMAP has two sections of approximately 50% of the course each. At the time of writing, the industry standard software is Ableton Live and Native Instruments Komplete, and therefore students will learn how to implement these techniques into their own productions through hands on learning and project based lessons using Live and Komplete.The first section of the EMAP course introduces students to creating modern electronic based music and EDM styles using industry standard sequencing techniques. In the process of exploring and developing their creative voice, students will acquire knowledge and technical skills such as playing instruments with MIDI, Looping clips, warping audio, programming computer based synthesizers and creative effects to help establish and develop their own unique sound.

The second section of the EMAP course delves deeper into techniques surrounding the creation of modern electronic music and EDM styles. Students will continue the process of exploring and developing their creative voice through an original music project that is crafted from an increasing scope of technical skills such as programming multiple forms of synthesizers, creative effects and higher level aspects of sequencing using industry standard software.

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 AEP (AEP ES 1, 2, 3)

In addition to specific technical skills employers desire candidates with relevant problem solving abilities and what are called employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviours, 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 Production and Sound Design (MPSD)

Music Production and Sound Design provides the students with an outlet to get creative with synthesizers and explore the many functions found in common synthesis to create new and unique sounds for their original productions. The main focus of the course will be to develop 10 minutes of original material that will be presented throughout the term and finalized for performance and mastering towards the end of the term. An in depth look at the main features that make up popular synthesizers are covered (e.g., Native Instruments Komplete and a secondary tool set such as Logic Pro’s synthesizers and samplers), which will allow students to take that knowledge and make creative decisions when developing their own sounds using synthesis. An in depth look at tools occurs each week in order to build on what was learned in EMAP, providing the students with more opportunities to develop their own sounds and patches from the ground up. Students will have a chance to explore patches in popular soft synthesizers to identify what makes the synth sound the way that it does. Using the knowledge gained from creating and exploring these patches, students will have the opportunity to create their own patches and develop songs from the ground up in a genre of their choice. The teaching approach for this course will be open and critique based where each week students work will be critiqued and analyzed to ensure that the final product meets professional industry standard quality. Professional artist’s songs will be explored and analyzed to enforce production techniques and understanding.

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.

Portfolio Production Workshop AEP (AEP PPW)

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 Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.

 

Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.

 

Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.

 

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).

Producing Styles (PRST)

PRST focuses on the composition and production of different genres and styles in EDM. Each class introduces a new genre, covering its composition, tempo, beat structure, bass styles and characteristic processing that sets it apart from the other genres.

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.

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