Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

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


Degree Requirements

General Education
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
HUMA215Topics in Cultural Studies4.5
MATH125General College Mathematics4.5
MATH133College Algebra4.5
PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
General Elective4.5
Internship/General Elective4.5
Total Credit Hours:9

Lower Division Core
DFAP101Production Techniques I4.5
DFAP102Audio Production I4.5
DFAP201Screenwriting I4.5
DFAP202Postproduction I4.5
DFAP211Camera & Lighting I4.5
DFAP304American Cinema4.5
Total Credit Hours:27
Upper Division Core
DFAP205Audio Production II4.5
DFAP300Field Recording Techniques4.5
DFAP309Production Techniques II4.5
DFAP314Media Postproduction II4.5
DFAP318Producing I4.5
DFAP411Pitching and Project Management4.5
Total Credit Hours:31.5

Specialization Options

Audio recording and Sound Design
DFAP222Music Production I4.5
DFAP302Music Production II4.5
DFAP305Critical Listening4.5
DFAP313Music Mixing and Mastering4.5
DFAP316MIDI and Electronic Music4.5
DFAP323Musicianship for Engineers4.5
DFAP329Sound Design I4.5
DFAP427History of Recorded Music4.5
DFAP438Producing and Engineering4.5
DFAP439Advanced Producing and Engineering4.5
DFAP444Postproduction Recording4.5
DFAP446Music for Picture4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

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.

Post-production Recording

Students develop skills needed to create a professional film soundtrack, including: effects editing, automatic dialog replacement (ADR), dialog editing and Foley recording.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Don't let tuition worries stop you from pursuing a degree. AIU offers a variety of grants, scholarships, financial aid as well as straightforward pricing with no hidden costs to help make college more affordable for our students.

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Ways to Save

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

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