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.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MRT 105Introduction To Mass Media (Formerly BCT 105) 3
MRT 112Introduction to Audio Production (Formerly BCT 112) 3
MRT 110Fundamentals of Video Production (Formerly BCT 110) 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Spring
MRT 122Fundamentals of Audio Postproduction (Formerly BCT 122) 3
Professional Elective (see list below)  3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Year 2
Fall
MUS 103Music Skills And Theory I 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
MRT 211Advanced Audio Production (Formerly BCT 211) 3
MRT 217Critical Listening for Audio Engineers (Formerly BCT 217) 3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 2 3
Spring
MRT 214Media Arts & Technology Operations And Management (Capstone)(Formerly BCT 214) 3
Business Elective 3 3
MRT 224Music Recording and Mixing Techniques (formerly BCT 224) 3
Lab Science Elective 4 4
General Elective 5 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
 Total Credits: 64-66
1

Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC

2

Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC

3

Business Electives: ACC, BUS, MGT, MKT

4

Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

5

General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.

Professional Electives

Credits
MRT (any course)3
PHO (any course)3
ART 109Art History I3
ART 110Art History II3
ART 113Introduction To Studio3
ART 251Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 263Drawing I3
ENG 239Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENG 240Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 241Journalism I: Media Writing3
ENG 242Journalism II: Advancing Newswriting3
ENG 245Film Appreciation3
GID 101Design Theory (Formerly CGD 101)3
GID 104Digital Imaging (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 104)3
GID 109Introduction To Web Design (Formerly CGD 240)3
GID 170Introduction To Animation (Flash) (Formerly CGD 110)3
GID 175Digital Photo Art (Photoshop Elements) (Formerly CGD 205)3
GID 177Designing Business Graphics (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 107)3
MKT 142Marketing3
MKT 143Retail Management3
MUS 104Music Skills And Theory II3
MUS 110Music Appreciation (Formerly MUS210)3
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology3
THE 101Fundamentals Of Acting3
THE 103Introduction To Theatre3
THE 284Technical Theatre Practicum I3
THE 285Technical Theatre Practicum II3

Health Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

See the audio engineering general information for technical standards.

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Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

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Earning potential

Varies greatly depending on position and geographic location.

Courses

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: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, 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:ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, 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: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, 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: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, 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: MRT 110. 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: MRT 112.

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: ENG 101. 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: ENG 101. 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: MRT 122. 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: MRT 105, 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: MRT 229. 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: MRT 122. 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: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, 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: MRT 211 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 MRT 121. 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: MRT 121. 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: ENG 101.

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: MRT 110. 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: MRT 227 ( 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: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098,or placement. Offered occasionally.