"Hands-on" is the guiding philosophy behind this innovative program in audio recording, live sound and video production. With the addition of a SSL 4048 G+ mixing console, students acquire hundreds of engineering hours as they produce audio recordings, MIDI sequences and music videos in seven well-equipped recording studios and video editing suites. After completing the first and second semester classes, each student is assigned a weekly recording session to enhance technical and creative skills. Graduating students complete their education with classes in audio mastering, CD production, and internships. They may augment their training with two enhanced skills certificates in Electronic Music or Film (see Filmmaking). Upon completion, students pursue careers in recording studios, live sound reinforcement, MIDI sequencing, electronics maintenance, equipment installation, radio, television, music video production and sales.

Degrees and Certificates

Audio Recording Technology - AAS

Audio Recording Technology - Certificate

Audio Recording Technology - Electronic Music Production - Certificate Level I

Audio Recording Technology - Electronic Music Production - Enhanced Skills Certificate

Program Information

General Requirements

 

The Audio Recording Technology program prepares students for employment in the audio industry by providing relevant instruction, opportunities for internships and career advancement, and resources for creating professional musical recordings for portfolios of its graduates. The Audio Recording Technology program is responsive to its industry advisory committee, and consistently achieves graduation and placement rates exceeding the standards set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate the use of the major skills and techniques used in the creation of audio media content including recording, editing, time manipulation, pitch correction, and mixing strategies appropriate to both genre and medium.
  • Create MIDI sequences and incorporate MIDI technology such as sampling, synthesis, and beat manipulation into commercial recording projects.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of electronics, acoustics, and audio system design.
  • Compare audio systems utilizing the major operating systems and DAW packages.
  • Analyze analog and digital signal flow on order to troubleshoot and operate audio systems.
  • Apply basic musical knowledge in order to create audio recording projects involving professional musicians.
  • Describe the roles of other professionals who take part in multimedia projects, such as graphic artists, video editors, cinematographers, animators, and web designers.

 

 

Employment

 

There are1,346 Audio and Video Equipment Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 8.3% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 56 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $18.08 hourly, $38,000 annually