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Audio Production
Course Description

This course teaches the theory and practice of audio production and its relationship to other aspects of media production. Students will learn to employ audio as a creative tool for documentary or fictional storytelling, podcasting, and artistic concepts like installations and other sound art.  Class sessions combine lectures on relevant concepts, listening and analysis of sound examples, technical instruction on equipment, hands-on exercises, and critique of class projects and audio productions at each stage of completion.  Outside of class students complete the final project, a 3-10 minute soundscape, and prior to that two shorter projects exploring, a) podcasting and c) audio analysis. In these, they develop specific production skills including recording, mixing, and sound design.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Use the basic vocabulary of audio production and its concepts. 

  • Describe the foundational concepts of sound theory. 

  • Acquire a basic understanding of audio production equipment. 

  • Familiar with audio workflows, practices and standards. 

  • Design a variety of effective audio productions. 

  • Apply aesthetic concepts of sound design and mixing to support a deliberate concept and vision. 

  • Successfully record, edit and mix inside a studio environment as well as outside (interview, field recording, etc.) 

  • Identify major modes of audio productions and critique their use. 

  • Use CEU’s audio equipment and recording studio. 


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