Associate Degree in
Associate in Audio Production Milwaukee Area Technical College
Combining creative and practical aspects of sound and music, this program prepares you to enter the audio engineering field. Coursework covers working with live and recorded sound to provide more employment options.
The explosion of social media and web use for independent artists, plus the increase in affordable digital audio workstations, present opportunities for audio engineers.
You can earn the Audio Engineer technical diploma on the way to completing this degree.
Additional program details: Class topics include live sound, such as concerts and church services, and also includes recording, studio engineering, field recording, production of beats, audio for gaming, sound for film, and sound for interactive applications such as animation, multimedia, and web audio.
Important to your success are abilities to work as part of a team and be a self-starter, work under stress and meet deadlines.
- Produce and edit audio recordings using professional software and equipment
- Apply studio management practices and standards
- Apply critical listening and post-production mastering skills to final audio mixes
- Demonstrate the process of live mixing by blending multiple sources of digital audio using a mixing console
- Set up and prepare audio equipment for proper sound reinforcement during performances
- Post-production mixing
- Apply principles of music fundamentals to professional sound recordings
The explosion of social media and web use for independent artists, along with the availability of affordable digital audio workstations, have created ongoing employment opportunities for audio engineers in live applications, commercial recording studios, and home recording production suites.
Graduates of this program seek positions as recording engineers for commercial recording studios producing final product for local, regional and national recording artists; studios producing audio voice, music, and sound effects for radio and television broadcast commercials and radio programs; studios recording music for instructional books for publishing companies; and movie soundtracks and sound effects tracks; animation; gaming and multimedia.
- Audio Engineer
- Live Sound Engineer
- Music Tracking Engineer
- Mixing Engineer
- Mastering Engineer
- Recording Studio Manager
|AUDIO-100||Introduction to Audio Software ^||1|
|AUDIO-102||Techniques of Sound Recording ‡ ^||3|
|AUDIO-103||Recording Live Concerts ‡ ^||3|
|ENG-195||Written Communication ^|
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
|MUSIC-148||Music Fundamentals 1 ^||2|
|MUSIC-189||Voice Lab 1 ^||1|
|AUDIO-111||Advanced Audio Software ‡ ^||1|
|AUDIO-114||Critical Listening of Sound and Music||2|
|AUDIO-116||Advanced Techniques of Sound Recording ‡||3|
|AUDIO-117||Sound Reinforcement ^||3|
|ELECTIVES||(Three credits needed)|
Suggested elective: MUSIC-205 Music Appreciation
|MATH-107||College Mathematics ‡|
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
|MUSIC-177||Piano Lab 1 ^||1|
|PSYCH-199||Psychology of Human Relations|
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
|AUDIO-118||Studio Management and Design ‡||2|
|AUDIO-120||Audio Production for Visual Media||3|
|AUDIO-125||Advanced MIDI Recording ‡||1|
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
|SOCSCI-197||Contemporary American Society|
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course
|AUDIO-126||Electronics for Audio Engineers ‡ ^||2|
|AUDIO-127||Mastering for Media ‡||3|
|AUDIO-128||Final Project – Field Work ‡||3|
|ELECTIVES||(Three credits needed)|
Suggested elective: MUSIC-210 World Music Sound
|MKTG-118||Social Media Marketing||3|
‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Audio Engineer technical diploma.
Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.
This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.
Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.