The Sonic Arts Center offers a four-year, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Music with a concentration in Audio Technology. Our program’s balanced emphasis in music and audio technology training creates graduates who are as comfortable creating a string arrangement or a film underscore as they are tracking and mixing an album, Music and audio technology training are intertwined to create a highly marketable service provider for today’s highly competitive music and audio technology industry.
The program’s main pedagogical focus is on creative work by the student. Concepts provided in class are applied to creative projects that students work on individually or as a group. Software/hardware and music production techniques are integrated into the projects to allow students a mechanism for expanding their knowledge and developing their portfolios.
The staff of the Center are all working professionals in the music and audio technology industry with years of experience in every facet of the industry, including film and television post production, sound reinforcement, studio design and installation, music production, internet audio, commercials (jingles), and more. Advanced students are given the opportunity to assist in professional sessions by staff members as a means of building these aspiring professionals’ credentials. Our Mentoring Workshop series brings high profile music and audio technology practitioners to the Center to meet with students and share their knowledge and experience.
Students work in professionally equipped studios with software that is consistently updated as new versions become available. The Center is run like a professional facility, with an in-house technical staff that designs and installs all modifications to the facility, 24/7 access, strict rules of operation that ensure the well being of the Center’s resources, and a smooth transition from one recording session to the next. Aspiring professionals need to train in a facility that is modeled on the professional environment. Hands-on experience is one of the most important aspects of the training provided by any audio and music technology program. For that reason we provide each student with six hours of studio time per week per audio technology course. That adds up to ninety hours of lab time per semester for each audio technology course. Since our facility is open twenty four hours a day and seven days a week it provides ample studio time opportunities as well as additional flex time scheduling. The Center is also open during the January break and all summer. In fact, the Center only closes two weeks out of the year! We can provide ample studio time as well as individual attention from our faculty and staff by limiting our class sizes to fifteen to eighteen students. As a result, the entire Music and Audio Technology program only has fifty to sixty students enrolled at any one time.
While the emphasis of our training is on music and audio technology we are keenly aware of the need to nurture our students’ entrepreneurial development, preparing them for a career that is rapidly becoming a freelance industry. Students now must be aware of how to best market their services, understand their rights as creative artists, collect fees from their clients, etc. To that end we have created a new class to address these issues called “The Musician Entrepreneur” and we are requiring advanced students to seek out clients and share their experiences with them in class. Additionally, students are required to seek out their own internship opportunities as another means of fostering the students entrepreneurial development.
We are looking for creative, musical, and technically adept students to become part of this exciting environment. We expect that potential candidates to our program possess some previous music and audio technology experience and have a portfolio of creative work. Prerequisite classes are available for candidates who lack the appropriate audio or music experience.