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Audio and Sound Recording Certificate

The purpose of the Audio and Sound Recording Certificate Program is to provide students with an introduction to the technical and creative skills needed in the audio and sound recording industries. This program is designed to develop skills that can help students prepare to pursue careers in music and/or motion picture recording.

Next Start Date:
October 25, 2023
Total Credits:
Atlanta, Houston
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Audio and Sound Recording Program Details

Audio and Sound Recording Program Outline

AIU®’s Certificate in Audio and Sound Recording is designed to provide an introduction to the technical and creative skills needed in the audio and sound recording industries.

Through this certificate program, students will have the opportunity to receive an introduction to some of the skill sets and knowledge common to producers in the audio industry, including how to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the three phases of the audio production process (preproduction, production and postproduction) and the contributions of audio specialists at each
  • Appropriately apply various industry-standard software, hardware, and techniques in a practical setting
  • Demonstrate appropriate protocol, behavior and professionalism as applicable in field, studio and postproduction environments
  • Contribute appropriately in a variety of capacities to the production of audio projects

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Degree Requirements

Certificate Courses
DFAP 102 Audio Production I


DFAP 205 Audio Production II


DFAP 305 Critical Listening


DFAP 313 Music Mixing and Mastering


DFAP 316 MIDI and Electronic Music


DFAP 438 Producing and Engineering


Total Credit Hours: 27

Total Credit Hours: 27

Audio and Sound Recording Classes Overview

In this Certificate program, students will explore a variety of audio production areas such as sound recording, post-production, producing and engineering. Along the way, students will have an opportunity to earn third-party certification in various industry-standard software applications.

Audio Production I: This course introduces students to basic audio concepts, techniques, theories and equipment; including microphones, the studio mixing console and nonlinear recording and editing.

Audio Production II: Students learn thoroughly the concepts and methodologies required for multi-track recording, mixing and editing. This course will focus on industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) application skills including editing, level balancing, imaging, use of EQ, dynamic processing, spatial effects and multi-track organization.

Critical Listening: Students will be taken through a series of listening exercises designed to teach them to listen critically to frequency, loudness (expressed in decibels), distortion and time based effects. Focus will be placed upon developing basic listening skills that lead to accurate analysis of recorded sound.

Music Mixing and 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.

MIDI and Electronic Music: An introductory course focusing on the creation of music via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students learn how to record, sequence and edit their own music using a computer with appropriate software and MIDI keyboard.

Producing and Engineering: In this class students will develop and apply advanced multitrack recording techniques, advanced song production, talent direction, and studio communication skills in several music projects.

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