Sep 26, 2023
Matt Foglia, program coordinator
Audio Production offers instruction designed for students who are interested in careers in the music industry such as acoustician, audio editor, audio stage technician, forensics media consultant, live sound engineer, mastering engineer, mix engineer, producer, recording engineer, studio designer, or studio manager.
Admission to Candidacy
All students are required to be admitted to candidacy to earn a degree as an Audio Production major. Candidacy is required as a prerequisite to enrollment in most upper-division courses within the college.
To apply for candidacy, a student must have
- completed all learning support requirements;
- completed all high school deficiencies;
- completed 24 hours (not to include learning support courses);
- completed the math requirement (College Algebra or higher level math) with a minimum 2.00 (C) grade;
- completed all candidacy courses with a minimum 2.00 (C) grade in each: RIM 3300 , RIM 3010 , and RIM 3600 );
- maintained good standing (not on probation).
Students in the Audio Production major are guaranteed admission to candidacy if they earn a Candidacy Formula score of 23 or better and a grade of B or better in RIM 3300 (formerly RIM 4200) and RIM 3010 . A limited number of additional candidacy slots will be open based on availability. Candidacy will be granted three times per year-after the fall and spring semesters and summer term. Students may not take other RIM courses beyond the candidacy requirements, with the exception of RIM 1230 and RIM 3650 , until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.
The application for admission to candidacy is an online application available here. Applications should be submitted by students during the semester in which they will have completed the above requirements. The deadline for candidacy application is near the end of each semester and is announced via email each semester.
Each student’s candidacy score is derived from the following:
Score = (inclusive GPA x 2) + RIM 3300 + RIM 3010 + RIM 3600 + Math + (total hours x .05 up to 60 hours).
A few of any available slots will be awarded based on a faculty committee recommendation on an appeal application. Appeal applications will be accepted after formula slots have been announced early in the Fall and Spring Semester and Summer Term. Appeal recommendations will be based on exceptional circumstances and/or exceptional talent and/or diversity considerations.
General Education (41 hours)
General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.
Major Requirements (51 hours)
Audio Production Pre-Candidacy Core (9 hours)
Audio Production Sub Core (9 hours)
Audio Production Post Candidacy Sub‑core (18 hours)
Audio Production Electives (15 hours)
Choose 15 credit hours from the following.
NOTE: Up to 6 credit hours of RIM courses outside of the AP elective list may be included as elective credit in the major.
*See note under Transfer Credit Policy for RIM 1230 /MUTH 1110 substitution.
*Music minors - Students who minor in Music must take MUTH 1110 for their minor and will not be required to take RIM 1230. Music minors will need an additional AP elective to complete the required 48 hours in the major.
** No more than 6 hours total are allowed toward the major from any combination of RIM 3580 , RIM 4000 , or RIM 4010 .
***Electro-Acoustics Minors - Students who minor in Electro-Acoustics must take PHYS 1600 for their minor and will not be required to take RIM 4100. Electro-Acoustics minors will need an additional RIM elective to complete the required 48 hours in the major.
Up to 6 credit hours of RIM courses outside of the approved AP elective list can be included as elective credit in the major.
Audio Production students may take PHYS 1600 pre-candidacy.
Audio Production students should complete RIM 1230 - Commercial Musicianship or MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I during their freshman year.
Total hours in program: 120
Curriculum: Audio Production
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
Students should see their advisors to develop their individual schedules. Certain prerequisites and sequences in particular major concentrations and minor require special attention.