Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Media Production with a Specialization in Audio Recording and Sound Design

Music Production Degree

Prepare yourself for a career in the music industry or motion picture editing with a music production degree. Explore the fundamentals of audio engineering and electronic music production, general media production, editing, computer animation and special effects sound production.

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January 16, 2019

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Music Production Degree Program Details

Music Production Degree Program Outline

AIU offers a professionally-focused BFA in Music Production degree program with a specialization in audio engineering and sound engineering that can give students an opportunity to develop specific skills needed to produce audio tracks for productions, such as motion pictures, television, music videos and recording.

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Production with a specialization in Audio Engineering and Sound Engineering can help students develop the skills they need to produce audio tracks for motion pictures, television, music videos and recording projects.

In AIU's Music Production Degree Program 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

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Music Production Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
General Education Electives (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

General Electives
General Elective 4.5
Internship/General Elective 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 9

Lower Division Core
DFAP101 Production Techniques I 4.5
DFAP102 Audio Production I 4.5
DFAP201 Screenwriting I 4.5
DFAP202 Postproduction I 4.5
DFAP211 Camera & Lighting I 4.5
DFAP304 American Cinema 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 27
Upper Division Core
DFAP205 Audio Production II 4.5
DFAP300 Field Recording Techniques 4.5
DFAP309 Production Techniques II 4.5
DFAP314 Media Postproduction II 4.5
DFAP318 Producing I 4.5
DFAP411 Pitching and Project Management 4.5
DFAP412 Portfolio 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 31.5
Audio Recording and Sound Design
DFAP222 Music Production I 4.5
DFAP302 Music Production II 4.5
DFAP305 Critical Listening 4.5
DFAP313 Music Mixing and Mastering 4.5
DFAP316 MIDI and Electronic Music 4.5
DFAP323 Musicianship for Engineers 4.5
DFAP329 Sound Design I 4.5
DFAP427 History of Recorded Music 4.5
DFAP438 Producing and Engineering 4.5
DFAP439 Advanced Producing and Engineering 4.5
DFAP444 Postproduction Recording 4.5
DFAP446 Music for Picture 4.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

Music Production Classes Overview

AIU could give you an opportunity to advance your creative and technical abilities in areas such as building professional soundtracks, including effects editing, automatic dialog replacement (ADR), dialog editing, audio sweetening and foleying, composing and mixing music for films and videos, and enhancing moving images with innovative sound design. For a Music Production Degree , 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.

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

n 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.

Musicianship for Engineers

Students will explore a variety of music subjects within the context of audio recording and production. Specific topics include music fundamentals, music theory, form and styles, and basic aural and keyboarding skills.

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 DFAP 401 Senior Project I to develop a complete movie soundtrack.

History of Recorded Music

A survey of recorded music, this course gives a broad overview of the major developments in music since the advent of recording, and places those developments in a social context.

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.

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.

Postproduction and Recording

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

Music for Picture

Students learn to compose music for a variety of film and video-based projects. Each assignment is mixed to stereo and subsequently laid back to picture.

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save on Your Music Production Degree

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Music Production 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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