Audio Engineering Concentration
Program Competencies for MRTA
Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:
- Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices associated with the media arts, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
- Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
- Set up and operate production equipment and explain signal flow and the working interrelationships of the technical components.
- Practice oral and written presentation skills unique to the media arts industry.
- Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
- Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
- Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
- Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.
In addition, students concentrating in Audio Engineering shall have proven:
- A clear command of microphone – choice, placement, technique, and treatment for varying tasks.
- Awareness of advanced audio signal paths, processing needs, and choice of processing order to acquire desired results.
- An ability to recognize through listening, the causes of quality in electronically handled sounds, with appreciation for what contributes to professional results and knowledge of remedies for improving what is poor.
- An understanding of technically assisted communication that compels a listener to embrace a message, story or song.
Technical Standards for MRTA
Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
- Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
- Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
- Distinguish the movement of needles on meters, the component parts on electronic boards, and visual images through a camera lens.
- Differentiate content, tones, frequencies, and words in sound recordings.
- Work as a member of a production team.
- Function as production manager, including decision making and scheduling.
- Use appropriate tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with audio video and photography courses such as cameras and camera supports, audio consoles, lighting equipment and editing stations (with or without accommodations).
New: Audio Engineering Concentration (MRTA)
A Degree in Media Arts & Technology
Courses in the Audio Engineering Concentration focus on skills necessary to pursue positions in professional sound engineering. Through hands-on training, specialized classroom study, and research, students receive training in all aspects of the industry. Graduates can explore careers in music, radio, television, cinema, gaming, and theatre.
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|MRT 105||Introduction To Mass Media (Formerly BCT 105)||3|
|MRT 112||Introduction to Audio Production (Formerly BCT 112)||3|
|MRT 110||Fundamentals of Video Production (Formerly BCT 110)||3|
|MAT 126||Topics In Mathematics (or higher)||4|
|MRT 122||Fundamentals of Audio Postproduction (Formerly BCT 122)||3|
|Professional Elective (see list below)||3|
|Behavioral Social Science Elective 1||3|
|ENG 102||English Composition II||3|
|CIS 127||Computer Technologies||3|
|MUS 103||Music Skills And Theory I||3|
|SPC 113||Speech (formerly THE113)||3|
|MRT 211||Advanced Audio Production (Formerly BCT 211)||3|
|MRT 217||Critical Listening for Audio Engineers (Formerly BCT 217)||3|
|Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 2||3|
|MRT 214||Media Arts & Technology Operations And Management (Capstone)(Formerly BCT 214)||3|
|Business Elective 3||3|
|MRT 224||Music Recording and Mixing Techniques (formerly BCT 224)||3|
|Lab Science Elective 4||4|
|General Elective 5||3|
|Health Elective (see list below)||2-4|
Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
Business Electives: ACC, BUS, MGT, MKT
Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.
|MRT (any course)||3|
|PHO (any course)||3|
|ART 109||Art History I||3|
|ART 110||Art History II||3|
|ART 113||Introduction To Studio||3|
|ART 251||Two-Dimensional Design||3|
|ART 263||Drawing I||3|
|ENG 239||Creative Writing: Fiction||3|
|ENG 240||Creative Writing: Poetry||3|
|ENG 241||Journalism I: Media Writing||3|
|ENG 242||Journalism II: Advancing Newswriting||3|
|ENG 245||Film Appreciation||3|
|GID 101||Design Theory (Formerly CGD 101)||3|
|GID 104||Digital Imaging (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 104)||3|
|GID 109||Introduction To Web Design (Formerly CGD 240)||3|
|GID 170||Introduction To Animation (Flash) (Formerly CGD 110)||3|
|GID 175||Digital Photo Art (Photoshop Elements) (Formerly CGD 205)||3|
|GID 177||Designing Business Graphics (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 107)||3|
|MKT 143||Retail Management||3|
|MUS 104||Music Skills And Theory II||3|
|MUS 110||Music Appreciation (Formerly MUS210)||3|
|SOC 103||Introduction To Sociology||3|
|THE 101||Fundamentals Of Acting||3|
|THE 103||Introduction To Theatre||3|
|THE 284||Technical Theatre Practicum I||3|
|THE 285||Technical Theatre Practicum II||3|
|BIO 101||Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)||3|
|BIO 103||Human Health And Disease||3|
|BIO 112||Biology Of Cancer||3|
|BIO 230||Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability||3|
|CHC 101||Complementary Health Care||3|
|CHC 102||Foundations of Yoga||3|
|CHC 108||Transforming Stress||3|
|CHC 220||Mind-Body-Spirit Connection||3|
|EXS 102||Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology||3|
|EXS 201||Exercise Science And Nutrition||4|
|PER 126||Fitness And Wellness||2|
|PER 127||Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training||2|
|PER 130||Health, Fitness, And Wellness||3|
See the audio engineering general information for technical standards.
For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.
Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.
Varies greatly depending on position and geographic location.
MRT 105. Introduction To Mass Media (Formerly BCT 105). 3 Credits.
Students examine the effects and impact of the mass media on contemporary life. Emphasis is on the influence of television, film, radio, Internet, and print media in such areas as entertainment, news, politics, advertising, popular culture, and human behavior. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement. Fall.
MRT 110. Fundamentals of Video Production (Formerly BCT 110). 3 Credits.
Students are introduced to the basics of video recording and editing. Instruction focuses on developing the pre-production, production, and post production expertise required to successfully plan and execute video programs. An overview of video technology is included. Prerequisites:ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.
MRT 111. Media Theory and Practices (Formerly BCT 111). 3 Credits.
Students survey the foundation and development of television, radio, and electronic media; the regulatory, financial, and operating structure of the electronic media industries; programming content and criticism; the role and impact of electronic media in society; and electronic media's current and future applications. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement. Offered occasionally.
MRT 112. Introduction to Audio Production (Formerly BCT 112). 3 Credits.
Students are introduced to the basic procedures and skills used by audio professionals. In order to achieve a basic understanding of sound as it relates to media productions, students perform recording and editing techniques of dialog, radio style production, as well as studio and location sound practices used for video and film. Two hours lecture and two lab hours per week. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.
MRT 121. TV Studio Operations and Multicamera Production (Formerly BCT 121). 3 Credits.
This course encompasses the processes, equipment, facilities, and skills employed in television studio and multicamera production. Emphasis is placed on the operation of cameras, switchers and related equipment, the responsibilities of the production crew, and the direction of live-switched, multicamera production. Prerequisite: MRT110. Spring.
MRT 122. Fundamentals of Audio Postproduction (Formerly BCT 122). 3 Credits.
Students are introduced to equipment, procedures, and techniques used on location and in studios for careers in audio for the television and film industries, with an emphasis on post production signal processing and editing. This course builds on the information and skills acquired in MRT 112 Introduction to Audio Production. Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Prerequisites: MRT112.
MRT 202. Media Arts & Technology Internship I (Formerly BCT 202). 3 Credits.
In this course, students earn academic credit while gaining on-the-job experience and training at a broadcast operation or other electronic media-related facility. The student's performance is evaluated by the instructor and the employer. The student will participate in periodic seminars with the course coordinator, and must prepare a detailed account of the internship at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: permission of division dean, 21 credit hours completed, and minimum 2.75 QPA. Offered occasionally.
MRT 203. Media Arts & Technology Internship II (Formerly BCT 203). 3 Credits.
A continuation of BCT202 Broadcasting and Electronic Media Internship I, this course allows a student to earn additional on-the-job academic credit. The student's performance is evaluated by the instructor and the employer. The student will have periodic meetings in a seminar with the course coordinator, and must prepare a detailed account of the internship at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: permission of division dean, 21 credit hours completed, and minimum 2.75 QPA. Offered occasionally.
MRT 208. Scriptwriting (Formerly BCT 208). 3 Credits.
Students are introduced to various forms of scriptwriting, including but not limited to writing for television, radio, new media, and film. During the course of the semester, students will produce appropriately formatted scripts for their portfolios. Prerequisite: ENG101. Spring.
MRT 209. Broadcast Journalism (Formerly BCT 209). 3 Credits.
Students are given instruction and supervised exercises in writing, reporting, editing, and producing radio and television news, public affairs, and documentary programs. The role of broadcast journalists and their responsibilities to society are major discussion topics. Prerequisite: ENG101. Offered occasionally.
MRT 211. Advanced Audio Production (Formerly BCT 211). 3 Credits.
This course builds on information and skills acquired in BCT112 and BCT122. Students gain competency with configurations of complex audio systems, matrixes of multibus mixers, digital mixers, advanced techniques in dialog recording, tone shaping, and music editing. Foley work, sweetening, and mixing for picture are major parts of this course. Prerequisite: MRT122. Fall.
MRT 214. Media Arts & Technology Operations And Management (Capstone)(Formerly BCT 214). 3 Credits.
Students examine the many factors that affect the day-to-day operation of the television and radio station, cable system, and electronic media operation. This includes governmental regulation and self-regulation, community service, programming, management techniques, electronic media ownership and financing, sales and advertising, industry staffing, and future directions. Prerequisite: MRT105, 45 credits completed, or permission of division dean. Spring.
MRT 216. Digital Cinematography (Formerly BCT 216). 3 Credits.
Students employ production skills acquired in previous classes to effectively craft creative and compelling visual stories and movies. In this course students combine the aesthetics, concepts, and techniques filmmakers have practiced since the days of silent films with contemporary digital technology to create films that will effectively inform, entertain, or persuade today's discerning audiences. Prerequisite: MRT229. Spring.
MRT 217. Critical Listening for Audio Engineers (Formerly BCT 217). 3 Credits.
This course focuses on awareness of sound. Ear training and auditory recognition are developed through directed listening tasks, discussions, and research. Topics include types of listening, listening environments, sound systems and devices, eras in sound, including equipment and technique, with analytical study of sound engineers' choices in broadcast, cinematic and musical genres. Prerequisite: MRT122. Fall.
MRT 221. Broadcast Performance and Practice (Formerly BCT 221). 3 Credits.
This course introduces students to all phases of broadcast performing so that he/she can acquire necessary skills and/or function to direct talent for both audio and video media. This course combines both classroom lectures and demonstrations with a variety of practical exercises in both audio and video performance. Course projects have been chosen and designed to simulate actual broadcast situations encountered daily in the industry. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement. Offered occasionally.
MRT 223. Independent Study In Media and Electronic Arts (Formerly BCT 223). 3 Credits.
This course is an advanced practicum experience in which the individual student, under the guidance of a staff member, develops his/her broadcast telecommunications skills at a professional level. Prerequisite: Permission of division dean. Offered occasionally.
MRT 224. Music Recording and Mixing Techniques (formerly BCT 224). 3 Credits.
This course trains students in techniques of recording and mixing music. Students will record musical performances of single and group vocals and instrument categories including drums, guitars, keyboards, brass, woodwinds, and strings. Students will have the opportunity to mix material recorded at professional recording studios. Training includes analog and digital mixers, outboard processors, and ProTools. Prerequisite: MRT211 or permission of division dean. Spring.
MRT 227. Advanced Television Production (Formerly BCT 227). 3 Credits.
This course builds on the basic studio production and EFP expertise and skills developed in MRT121. The emphasis of this course is hands-on production. Through participation in a variety of projects, students refine camera, audio, lighting, studio, and postproduction skills. They continue to develop their directorial expertise. Students expand their communication, organizational, and creative talents to produce effective and worthwhile programming. Prerequisite: MRT121. Offered occasionally.
MRT 228. Self Promotion and the Business of Media Arts. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to enable the student to begin to establish him/herself in the business of electronic and media arts. Students will learn to promote themselves as business professionals and entrepreneurs. They will learn how to use social media and a simple web site to market themselves and their businesses to potential employers and clients. Business responsibilities, copyrights and ethics will be discussed. Storing and organizing your files is another important topic. Prerequisite: ENG101.
MRT 229. Editing Digital Video. 3 Credits.
Building on their knowledge of video production, students will develop expertise in the technology and techniques of digital, nonlinear editing. This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operation of nonlinear editing systems. Throughout the course, students develop an understanding of the techniques and aesthetics video and film editors employ as effective storytellers. Using industry standard, nonlinear editing systems, students practice applying the craft of editing, assembling sequences of pictures and sounds to create finished programs including titles, graphics, and special effects. Prerequisite: MRT110. Fall.
MRT 231. AV Systems Electronics and Engineering. 1 Credit.
This course will emphasize the technical, rather than the creative side of video production. Students will acquire troubleshooting and problem-solving skills through hands-on training in actual and simulated production environments. At the completion of this course, students will be able to define and demonstrate the technical responsibilities of a number of production situations. Prerequisite: MRT227 ( or co-requisite). Offered occasionally.
MRT 235. DVD Authoring (Formerly BCT 235). 3 Credits.
The instruction in this course focuses on developing a working understanding of the DVD format and using that knowledge to design and produce programming capitalizing on the format's features. Students will be introduced to each phase of DVD production including design and planning; preparation of video, audio, and graphic assets; menu creation; implementation of navigation; proofing; final output; and replication. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098,or placement. Offered occasionally.