Your friends have always considered you the audiophile of the bunch. Your music library is flawless with every song in crystal clear resolution, and EQ’d for perfectly balanced sound. The debate of vinyl versus digital is something you’ve shared your opinion on more than once, and you know that the producer of an album is every bit as important as the talent on the other side of the microphone. Are you ready to amp up your audio career? The Audio Engineering Fundamentals program offers you practical knowledge for careers including:

  • Recording Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • MIDI Programmer
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Professional or Home Recording Studio Manager/Operator

The Audio Engineering Fundamentals program focuses primarily on the magic that happens behind the mixing board. Technology has spurred on an explosion in the audio industry. Talented individuals are no longer limited to positions at major studios. With new software and breakthroughs in affordable equipment, audiophiles can now set up their own studios and production houses.

Here are just a few of the business ventures and satisfied employers who have hired our Audio Engineering Fundamentals graduates: Signature Sound • Frequent Seas Productions • Monarch Studios • Bering Music • Chinook Animation. The Centre for Arts and Technology realizes that the keys to your success are the best and most qualified instructors and hands-on training with the very latest equipment. Here, you won’t just spend time in a classroom; you’ll be behind the sound and mixing boards in our state-of-the-art studios. You’ll mix and master real productions, learn the ins and outs of the business, and create your own demo reel to market your talents.

As a student of Audio Engineering Fundamentals, you may also enroll in elective classes to enhance your training. In just 12 short months, you’ll develop your skills in these key areas: Analog/Digital Studio Operations—Pro Tools HD—Recording and Mixing in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound—Music Production with On-site Artists—Live Sound—Wiring, Equalization, Mixing and Mastering—Music Theory, Composition and Arrangement—Scoring for Film Soundtracks.

“The creative environment at Centre for Arts and Technology helped me focus on my goals and find the right path in the industry for me, as well making life-long friends and contacts along the way.” – Max Drinkwater

Program Length
12 Months
Delivery Type

Course Flow

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Tab 1

In this quarter, you will learn the fundamental technical and theoretical skills necessary to work in the audio industry. You will study the basics of music theory, microphones, basic recording, as well as DAW functionality in industry standard software’s Pro Tools and Ableton Live. This knowledge will become the basis for the remainder of the program.

Tab 2

In your second quarter, you will continue to learn intermediate microphone and recording techniques, by conducting your own recording sessions under supervision from your instructors. You will explore practical audio editing skills that are used for performance correction and enhancement, as well as advancing your ability to create simple song arrangements and productions. This quarter also branches out in the world of synthetic sound design and track creation.

Tab 3

In your third quarter, you will develop your understanding of the professional skills, work habits, and attitudes expected by the commercial recording industry. This will include client interaction, working in teams, and delivering high quality work on a tight deadline. Live sound reinforcement is introduced with practical setup and teardown of complete sound systems. The quarter rounds out with a focus on song arrangement and song writing within a DAW, including analysis of popular songs and song writing trends.

Tab 4

In your fourth quarter, you will use various techniques learned in your previous quarters and apply them to more advanced recording sessions, as well as analog and digital mixing. Building upon your music theory and song writing skills from previous quarters, you will learn the process of writing music for TV and Film, as well as the basics of creating audio for the video game industry. This quarter also includes career management and music industry classes that help students understand the business side of making and marketing music.



Chris Holmes started his career working alongside The Matrix, a production and song writing team based in Los Angeles. Over the course of 4+ years, he sharpened his engineering and production skills while working on numerous A-List artists, including Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Korn, Vanessa Carlton, Mandy Moore, Ashley Tisdale and many more. After relocating to Vancouver, Chris took over the position of Chief Engineer at Greenhouse Studios, where he worked with dozens of independent and major label artists. With over 15+ years’ experience, Chris is now an independent engineer and producer, dividing his time between Vancouver and Kelowna.  Chris is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the audio students at the Centre for Arts and Technology.


Tony started his career in audio post production in Vancouver, where he continues to work as an award winning senior sound supervisor, sound designer and re-recording mixer.  Tony’s award-winning feature credits include: Nightwatching, a British-Dutch-Canada co-production for renowned filmmaker, Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; The Pillow Book); Its All Gone Pete Tong, a British-Canada co-production for Canadian director, Michael Dowse (FUBAR); and Partition, an India-Canada co-production for Canadian director, Vic Sarin (Love On The Side, A Shine of Rainbows). Among his home entertainment and television credits are sequels 3, 4 and 5 in the Dr. Dolittle series for Fox Home Entertainment and the first two seasons of The L Word for Showtime Television.  He is currently finishing the TV movie adaptations of Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place.


A classically trained performer, Lora is embedded in the local music scene.  Lora started her formal education with a diploma in Music Performance and another in Music Composition from Selkirk College.  Her additional accreditation includes being a licensed Kindermusik instructor, a certificate in Advanced Theory RCM, and a Licentiate in Music Education .LRSL from Rockschool.  In addition to being a freelance pianist and solo performing artist, Lora has been a private music instructor at the Wentworth Music Education Center for the last nineteen years.  Lora brings a wealth of knowledge to the Centre and a passion for music to match.


As a graduate of the Centre in Audio Engineering and Production, Mike brings over 10 years’ experience in a variety of audio industry jobs.  Upon graduation, Mike went to work with Idevcore Media Inc., creating sound effects and composing scores for video games.  He also spent time tracking, editing and mixing commercials for Media Button. Other work includes environment Canada and developing university labs protocols for bio acoustic monitoring leading to co-authoring publications in scientific journals for his contributions.  Beyond those roles, Mike’s true passion has been in live sound, as he worked in live sound for various event companies and working for bands like Godsmack, Rod Stewart, Miranda lambert, Keith urban , Bob Dylan, Offspring, Judas Priest, Steve Miller, Our Lady Peace, Brian Adams, Dirks Bentley and multiple productions of Cirque du Soliel to name a few. Mike also spent seven years as the Head Sound Engineer for the Sky High Blues Festival, and has produced and engineered albums for numerous artists.


Taylin Simmonds became interested in the art of Electronic Music Production from a young age. This passion led him to take online music workshops while still in high school and eventually become a graduate of the Electronic Music Production Program here at CAT. Upon graduation Taylin signed his first record deal with independent record label Blue Label Records. While at Blue Labe Records, Taylin released multiple tracks that charted in the I-Tunes top 100 Dance Charts, co-produced/ co-wrote songs for independent artists and assisted artists in preparing DJ performances for headlining festival slots. After working with Blue Label Records and major PR Agencies such as Music Promo Today and Dotted Music, Taylin decided to take his career in to his own hands by becoming an independent artist. Taylin is now the instructor for the Electronic Music Production Program and is excited to bring his expertise and industry insights to the Centre for Arts and Technology team.


Adam Wittke has been active in the music industry for as long as he can remember.  He is an engineer/producer and studio owner with a diverse career that has spanned over 13 years. A graduate of  “The Center for Arts and Technology Recording Arts Masters Program”, he has refined his skills and knowledge of the craft. Working at ZMS Music Inc. alongside producer Danny McBride, he gained valuable experience and skill.

Adam now owns and operates Arc House Studios, a commercial recording studio in the heart of Kelowna . Arch House has attracted many influential names in the music industry and has been featured in Global News, CBC radio and other media.

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