AIU offers a professionally-focused BFA in Media Production degree program with a specialization in Audio Recording and Sound Design 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 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
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|COMP101||Introduction to Computers||4.5|
|COMP102||Introduction to Computers Lab||1.5|
|ENGL106||English Composition I||4.5|
|ENGL107||English Composition II||4.5|
|HUMA215||Topics in Cultural Studies||4.5|
|MATH125||General College Mathematics||4.5|
|PHIL201||Introduction to Philosophy||4.5|
|SSCI206||Aspects of Psychology||4.5|
|SCIE211||Environmental Science Lab||1.5|
|General Education Electives (1)||4.5|
|Total Credit Hours:||58.5|
|Total Credit Hours:||9|
Lower Division Core
|DFAP101||Production Techniques I||4.5|
|DFAP102||Audio Production I||4.5|
|DFAP211||Camera & Lighting I||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|
|DFAP411||Pitching and Project Management||4.5|
|Total Credit Hours:||31.5|
Audio recording and Sound Design
|DFAP222||Music Production I||4.5|
|DFAP302||Music Production II||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|
|DFAP446||Music for Picture||4.5|
Total Credit Hours: 180
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 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Production with a specialization in Audio Production and Sound Design, 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.
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.
Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.
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 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 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
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