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AAS, Recording Arts

Once employed primarily in traditional recording studios, today’s recording arts professionals work in a vast range of industries and capacities—from optimizing audio at concerts and other live events, to creating soundscapes for video games and other interactive media, to designing and mixing sound for feature films, and beyond.

Focusing on the technical side of sound production, TFA’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Recording Arts teaches students to capture, create, mix, and manipulate audio using industry-standard hardware and software. Students learn sound design, music engineering, live event production, and audio post-production while working on a variety of projects on campus and in the field.

How We’re Different

  • Emphasis on building broad and transferrable skills in studio recording and mixing, live event engineering, sound design for
    visual media, and post-production
  • Discipline classes begin very first semester
  • “Gen Ed” classes spread across all semesters, and taught in a way that relates to the media industry
  • Opportunities to record and mix audio for artists in both studio and live venue environments, and to provide audio for the
    Film, Game & Interactive, and Animation & VFX departments
  • Opportunities to work with outside clients, building both resume and real-world perspective

What You’ll Learn

  • Recording, editing and mixing audio using Pro Tools
  • Recording and mixing artists in studio and live environments
  • Sound design for visual media using Foley, sample databases, and synthesis
  • Location audio
  • Recording automated dialogue replacement (ADR)
  • Post-production techniques for commercials, films, and video games

Where it Might Take You

  • Entry level positions as a:
    • Live sound engineer
    • Stagehand
    • Music engineer
    • Location recording specialist
    • Postproduction specialist
    • Sound designer
  • Submit your portfolio to be considered to continue on to TFA’s bachelor’s in digital media with a major in postproduction.

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