Audio Production

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 10-701-4
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Audio Production Degree

Description

Combining creative and practical aspects of sound and music, this program prepares you to enter the audio engineering field. Coursework covers working with live and recorded sound to provide more employment options.

The explosion of social media and web use for independent artists, plus the increase in affordable digital audio workstations, present opportunities for audio engineers.

You can earn the Audio Engineer technical diploma on the way to completing this degree.

Additional program details: Class topics include live sound, such as concerts and church services, and also includes recording, studio engineering, field recording, production of beats, audio for gaming, sound for film, and sound for interactive applications such as animation, multimedia and web audio.

Important to your success are abilities to work as part of a team and be a self-starter, work under stress and meet deadlines.


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Audio Engineer

Plan now for a sound future. You will learn to work with live sound at concerts, stage and church settings; studio recordings and studio engineering; field recordings; production of beats; and audio for gaming. This program prepares you for entry-level positions in the audio engineering field.

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Music Occupations

Prepare for a career in music by developing your skills as a well-rounded musician. Areas of study include theory fundamentals such as reading, analysis, composition, ear training and more. Students have opportunities to focus on performance or composition courses.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) AUDIO-100 Introduction to Audio Software ^ 1
(1) AUDIO-102 Techniques of Sound Recording ‡ ^ 3
(1) AUDIO-103 Recording Live Concerts ‡ ^ 3
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication ^
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
3
(1) MUSIC-148 Music Fundamentals 1 ^ 2
(1) MUSIC-189 Voice Lab 1 ^ 1
(2) AUDIO-111 Advanced Audio Software ‡ ^ 1
(2) AUDIO-114 Critical Listening of Sound and Music 2
(2) AUDIO-116 Advanced Techniques of Sound Recording ‡ 3
(2) AUDIO-117 Sound Reinforcement ^ 3
(2) ELECTIVES (Three credits needed)
Suggested elective: MUSIC-205 Music Appreciation

3
(2) MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
3
(2) MUSIC-177 Piano Lab 1 ^ 1
(2) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
3
(3) AUDIO-118 Studio Management and Design ‡ 2
(3) AUDIO-120 Audio Production for Visual Media 3
(3) AUDIO-125 Advanced Midi Recording ‡ 1
(3) ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
3
(3) MUSIC-101 Music Business 2
(3) SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course
3
(4) AUDIO-126 Electronics for Audio Engineers ‡ ^ 2
(4) AUDIO-127 Mastering for Media ‡ 3
(4) AUDIO-128 Final Project – Field Work ‡ 3
(4) ELECTIVES (Three credits needed)
Suggested elective: MUSIC-210 World Music Sound
and Structure
3
(4) MKTG-118  Social Media Marketing 3

TOTAL CREDITS

60

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Audio Engineer technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Produce and edit audio recordings using professional software and equipment
  • Apply studio management practices and standards
  • Apply critical listening and post-production mastering skills to final audio mixes
  • Demonstrate the process of live mixing by blending multiple sources of digital audio using a mixing console
  • Set up and prepare audio equipment for proper sound reinforcement during performances
  • Post-production mixing
  • Apply principles of music fundamentals to professional sound recordings

Career Outlook

The explosion of social media and web use for independent artists, along with the availability of affordable digital audio workstations, have created ongoing employment opportunities for audio engineers in live applications, commercial recording studios, and home recording production suites.

Graduates of this program seek positions as recording engineers for commercial recording studios producing final product for local, regional and national recording artists; studios producing audio voice, music, and sound effects for radio and television broadcast commercials and radio programs; studios recording music for instructional books for publishing companies; and movie soundtracks and sound effects tracks; animation; gaming and multimedia. 

POSSIBLE CAREERS
Audio Engineer
Live Sound Engineer
Music Tracking Engineer
Mixing Engineer
Mastering Engineer
Recording Studio Manager

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstration of basic computer skills in the Mac OS
  • Ability to hear without impairment
  • Must have the ability to lift, bend, and move equipment

Scholarships

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Last updated: 08/31/2020