Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Production with a specialization in Audio Production and Sound Design can help students develop the skills they need to produce audio tracks for motion pictures, television, music videos and recording projects.
You Can Learn How to:
- Demonstrate a thorough technical understanding of the three phases of the motion picture production process (preproduction, production and postproduction) and the contributions of audio specialists at each.
- Generate and properly utilize industry-standard paperwork to track and control all three phases of motion picture production
- Demonstrate technical competency with various industry-standard software, camera, grip and lighting and recording technologies
- Demonstrate an understanding of on-set protocol/behavior and professionalism appropriate to field, studio and postproduction applications.
- Contribute appropriately in a variety of positions to the production of motion picture projects
- Develop audio projects from concept to finished product, on time and on budget, to a client’s specifications.
- Organize and manage self-directed audio production projects
At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:
Music Production I
Students learn multi-track recording, advanced MIDI applications, pre-production and various techniques and strategies for recording live drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Students are also introduced to key concepts in mixing music within a stereo environment.
Music Production II
Students learn advanced production techniques including how to work with talent, multiple microphone instrument recording, advanced engineering techniques and studio signal flow.
Advanced Producing and Engineering
Students continue to develop skills in microphone selection and placement technique, advanced studio signal flow (including console), artist interaction and extensive recording engineering pre-production.
Sound Design I
Students focus on the creative role of the sound designer, learning to create and mix sonic landscapes that enhance the moving image. Students in this course will collaborate with those enrolled in Senior Project I to develop a complete movie soundtrack.
Music Mixing & Mastering
Working with a series of pre-recorded music sessions students will focus on mixing techniques and be able to creatively utilize effects, processors and automation.
Students develop skills needed to create a professional film soundtrack, including: effects editing, automatic dialog replacement (ADR), dialog editing and Foley recording.
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Ways to Save
From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.
- Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
- Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
- Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
- Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience
For more information, download AIU guides below:
- Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
- Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
- Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience