Courses – Studio 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

RSM   Recording Studio Maintenance

RSS 2   Recording Studio Sessions 2

UME 2  Understanding Music for Engineers 2

MMM   Music Management & Marketing

PD 2   Professional Development 2

 

ADAP 3   Advanced Digital Audio Production 3

AEP ES1   AEP Employability Skills 1

LSR   Live Sound Reinforcement

AEP ES2   AEP Employability Skills 2

RSS 3  Recording Studio Sessions 3

TRE 2   Theory of Recording Engineering 2

PD 3   Professional Development 3

 

CM   Career Management

AEP ES3   AEP Employability Skills 3

DSO 1  Digital Studio Operations 1

DME   Digital Music Entrepreneur

MTVF   Music for TV and Film

PD 4   Professional Development 4

Advanced Digital Audio Production

(ADAP)

The focus of this course is on applying knowledge and skills to production projects such as a multi-track music editing, mixing and mastering project; 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.

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 nonlinear audio post-production field.

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.

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.

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 the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs overviews, 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.

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.

Music Management and 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 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 tothe 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.

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).

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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