The Audio Production program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level careers in the field of audio engineering and production. Through rigorous study of theoretical concepts, industry practices, and hands-on production techniques, students work to develop the technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities needed to become professional engineers, technicians, producers and business people.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Communication: Graduates will have written, oral, and visual communication skills needed to communicate ideas to employers, colleagues, and clients. They will effectively use technical language appropriate to audio production and also be able to communicate complex concepts to non-professionals.
2. Audio production processes: Graduates will be able to produce and assemble the audio elements of a film, including voice, sound effects, musical score, and automatic dialogue replacement and will have technical proficiency in recording and editing professional audio material. They will be able to conceptualize, plan, execute, and deliver quality music recordings and post-production projects, demonstrating industry standards and using industry-related tools.
3. Problem Solving: Graduates can efficiently troubleshoot and solve problems typically encountered by audio professionals.
4. Editing and Critical Thinking: Graduates will demonstrate how editing styles, techniques, and approaches affect audience reaction; they can apply peer and professional critique as well as self-evaluation to continuously improve the quality of their work.
5. Professionalism: Graduates can present and conduct themselves professionally and demonstrate an understanding of specific career paths, job responsibilities, and industry expectations. Graduates can apply the business and economic principles and practices of the audio industry while maintaining legal and ethical standards.
6. Context: Graduates can explain the scientific and mathematical foundations of acoustics and electronics, the applicability of audio production in a wide range of media, the basic principles of music theory, and the social context in which sound is produced and interpreted.
The tools for recording, editing, and delivery of audio are evolving at a rapid pace. Today’s professional audio engineers and producers must constantly stay abreast of current developments in equipment technology and production methods. To do this, they must have a solid foundation in the basic physics of sound and acoustics as well as skills in equipment operation, usage, and design. The Audio Production program meets the needs of graduates entering the industry by offering a curriculum that provides students with a solid background in technology, theory and industry practices. Practical hands-on experience with recording and live production equipment is essential to being prepared for the contemporary market place.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Production, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter-credits with 60 quarter-credits in general education courses and 120 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The entire program includes 2464 clock hours, comprised of 1540 lecture hours, 792 lab hours, and 132 internship or practicum hours. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work, meet portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show. Graduating students must pass a required course in which a portfolio is produced and satisfy all financial obligations to The Illinois Institute of Art.