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Audio Engineering and Music Production


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Program Overview

The Audio Engineering and Music Production diploma program provides 720 hours of integrated theory and real world studio practicals that can be completed in as few as 9 months. Learn the key skills and fundamental components of audio engineering and music production, understand the music industry, and get practical, industry standard training including Pro Tools & Ableton certification.

  • 4 hours per day
  • 5 days per week
  • Integrated theory and real world studio practicals

Course Outline

Recording Techniques

  • Microphone Design and Placement
  • Recording Projects, from Vocals to Live Bands
  • Analog and Digital Mixing Consoles
  • RADAR, Tape, and Pro Tools Recording
  • Assistant Engineering
  • Signal Flow and Processing
  • Overdubbing and Editing
  • Running Studio Sessions

Acoustics and Studio Design

  • Waveforms and the Physics of Sound
  • Studio Design and Construction
  • Equipment Construction
  • Basic Electronics
  • Soldering and Wiring
  • Acoustical Treatments
  • Project and Professional Studio Installations

Album Production

  • Song Charts and Tempos
  • Budgets and Studio Bookings
  • Concept and Song Elements
  • Producing an Artist
  • Equipment Selection
  • Recording Studio Communication and Etiquette
  • Session Musicians and The American Federation of Musicians

Digital Audio Workstation Systems

  • Digital Audio Theory
  • Editing Techniques
  • Recording Platforms
  • Digital Clocking Systems
  • Digital Interfaces and Connectivity
  • Codecs and Formats
  • Advanced Computer Operation
  • Computer Design and Maintenance

Pro Tools 101

  • Create your first session
  • Make your first audio recording
  • Import media into your session
  • Make your first MIDI recording
  • Select and navigate
  • Apply basic and mixed editing techniques
  • Finish your work
  • Create a music hands-on project
  • Create a post hands-on project

Pro Tools 110

  • Configure your studio and session
  • Control Pro Tools using external controllers
  • Manage session data and media files
  • Record MIDI and audio, using loop recording and advanced techniques
  • Work with time scales and virtual instruments
  • Work with Avid Elastic Audio
  • Edit and quantize MIDI and audio
  • Use audio editing and file management techniques
  • Apply editing techniques such as the use of Beat Detective for Region Looping
  • Enable, play, view, and edit automation data
  • Mix using sends, returns, plug-ins, Master Faders, and groups

Pro Tools 130 Game Audio

  • Understand game audio workflow
  • Work with dialog
  • Incorporate Foley
  • Add sound effects
  • Work with background (ambient) sounds
  • Create an interactive music score
  • Incorporate realistic vehicle sounds
  • Create dynamic cinematics

Modern Mixing Techniques

  • Stereo and 5.1 Mixing
  • Effects
  • Equalization
  • Dynamics
  • Re-Amping
  • Re-Mixing
  • Mastering

Electronic Music

  • Beat and Loop Production
  • Sampling
  • Ableton Live
  • DJing with Serato and Ableton
  • Autotune and Melodyne
  • Synthesis
  • Sequencing and Synth Programming
  • MIDI

Music Theory and Song Writing

  • Chord Structure
  • Chord Progressions and Analysis
  • Scales, Keys
  • Tempo and Time Signatures
  • Chord Substitution Theory
  • Studio Session Charts
  • Cycle of Fifths
  • Overtone Series
  • Song Structure
  • Creative Lyric Writing
  • Creating Memorable Melodies
  • Writing from a Title
  • Rhyme Schemes

The Business of Music

  • Small Business Planning "Starting Your Own Musician Business"
  • Goal Setting & Situational Analysis "Entrepreneurship is Essential"
  • Understanding Music Copyright
  • Music Publishing 101 "The Flow of Rights & The Flow of Dough"
  • Resources & Associations "A Helping Hand"
  • Major Label vs Indie label
  • Sales, Marketing, Publicity & Promotion "Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan"
  • The 6 Phases of Online Music Marketing
  • Marketing With Data "Using Analytics To Measure Results"
  • Distribution "Getting Your Music Out There"
  • DIY 101 "Doing It Yourself Best Practices"
  • Direct To Fan (D2F) Marketing "Managing Your Tribe"
  • Niche Marketing Techniques "Super Serve Your Customer"
  • Social Media Marketing "Everything Must Cross Promote"
  • Email Marketing 101
  • 20 Things You Must Know About Being Online
  • Building a Press Kit
  • The Top 10 Truths of The Business We Call Music
  • Promoting Your Music To The World of Film & Television
  • How Artists and Their Managers Will Shape The Future

Audio for Film, Video, and New Media

  • 5.1 Mixing
  • Foley, Sound Effects, and Dialog Recording
  • Editing to Picture
  • Synchronization and Timecode
  • Sound Design
  • Set Recording and Playback
  • Pre-lay Animation Recording
  • Sound Effect Library Creation

Live Sound

  • PA Design
  • Room Tuning
  • Avid Live Sound Systems - "Venue" consoles
  • Tour Management
  • Transportation Logistics
  • Venue Construction
  • Live Recording
  • Live Internet Streams


Diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production

This program has been reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch.

  • Vancouver, BC


Career Options

  • Interactive Installation Developer
  • Installation Technician
  • DSP Developer
  • Composer
  • Audio Application Developer
  • Orchestrator
  • Studio Engineer
  • Field Recordist
  • Audio Producer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Audio Engine Integrator
  • A/V Technician
  • Audio Tester
  • Technical Audio Director
  • Project Manager
  • Audio Tools Programmer
  • Audio Director
  • Audio Manager
  • Technical Sound Designer
  • Foley Artist
  • ADR Specialist
  • Field Recordist
  • Mix Engineer
  • Audio Software Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Editor
  • Technical Audio Artist
  • Music Specialist

Key facts


    9 Months


    Apr 2022

    Jul 2022

    Oct 2022


    Enrol By: 04 Apr 2022

    Start Date: 04 Apr 2022

    End Date: 22 Dec 2022



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition $16,060.00
Textbooks & Materials   $1,108.10
Registration Fee     $100.00


Learn about Payment Options and the Refund Policy