Jun 24, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Audio Production, B.S.

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Recording Industry  
Matt Foglia, program coordinator

The Audio Production major offers instruction and depth across multiple areas of audio including music recording and mixing, mastering, electronic music production, sound reinforcement (live sound), sound for picture (TV, film, etc.), and broadcast.

Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program

High achieving students majoring in Audio Production who intend to pursue a master’s degree in Recording Arts and Technologies may apply to participate in the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) pathway. The pathway allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete select requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Upon successful completion of the ABM Pathway, students must submit an application (including application fee) to the graduate program. Additional application requirements will be waived, and the student will be admitted to the program automatically. For more information about the ABM pathway, see the Graduate Catalog.

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 be eligible to apply for candidacy, a student must

  1. complete all learning support requirements;

  2. complete all high school deficiencies;

  3. complete 24 total credit hours;

  4. have completed at least one general education natural science requirement (Physics suggested);

  5. receive at least a C (not a C-) in College Algebra or higher-level math;

  6. receive at least a C (not a C-) in RIM 1230  or MUTH 1110 ;

  7. complete RIM 3010 , RIM 3300 , and RIM 3600  with a C (not a C-);

  8. be in good academic standing (not on probation).

Audio Production Candidacy GPA: Take the average of (AP pre-candidacy course GPA) and (Inclusive GPA) to calculate your Audio Production Candidacy GPA.

AP pre-candidacy course GPA: Calculated by taking the average of:  RIM 3010 , RIM 3300 , and RIM 3600 .

Inclusive GPA: Calculating the average of all classes that have a grade including those transferred.

Students in the Audio Production major are guaranteed admission to candidacy if they earn an Audio Production Candidacy GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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 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 applications is near the end of each semester and is announced via email each semester.

Candidacy Appeals

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.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Audio Production, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 51 hours*
     AP Pre-Candidacy Core    12 hours
     AP Sub Core    6 hours
     AP Post Candidacy Sub Core    15 hours
      AP Electives    18 hours
Minor 15-20 hours
Major Support Requirement 3 hours*
Electives 5-11 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

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.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (51 hours)

Audio Production Pre-Candidacy Core (12 hours)

Required to apply for candidacy in Audio Production

Audio Production Sub Core (6 hours)

Audio Production Electives (18 hours)

 Choose 18 credit hours from the following.

NOTE: Up to 9 credit hours of RIM courses outside of the AP elective list may be included as elective credit in the major.

Choose Two Electives

At least two electives must come from the following:


*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 51 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 .

*** No more than 6 hours total are allowed toward the major from any combination of RIM 4810  and RIM 4910 .

Up to 9 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.

Minor (15-20 hours)

One minor is required for Audio Production, and students may pick any minor (other than Recording Industry) available at MTSU. Recommended minors are Computer Science , Electronics Entertainment Arts Design , Entertainment Technology , Entrepreneurship , Mass Communication , Music Industry , or Video and Film Production Minor .

Major Support Requirement (3 hours)

Electives (8-14 hours)

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.


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours


  • RIM AP electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Electives 11 hours
  • Minor or elective courses 5 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

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