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Music Production and Engineering

Learn the fundamentals of music recording, composition, post-production, music business and live sound reinforcement.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

Whether it's film, music, theatre or video games, a technical career in music can take you places.

Gain a solid background in audio engineering and music production from industry experts. Learn how to:

  • Engineer, compose, create, edit, mix and master music
  • Set up live sound reinforcement equipment, stage lighting, run a sound check, mix and record live sound at an event
  • Use industry standard equipment and software
  • Develop skills in digital sound production, music recording, sound design, electronic music production and creation, MIDI applications, post-production and surround sound mixing, recording and live sound reinforcement
  • Plan and manage a project with artists and bands

This program builds on the interests and skills you have and prepares you for an exciting career in sound and music. You'll maximize your creativity and hone your business and entrepreneurial knowledge.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • You learn to engineer and compose through a strong, hands-on curriculum.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You're trained using industry-standard tools, technology, software and other equipment.
  • You learn in a top-of-the-line studio that simulates a real-world environment.
  • You learn from experienced, award-winning instructors who have strong connections to the music, television and film industries.
  • Throughout the program, industry experts and guest speakers are brought into the classroom to deliver specialized training.
  • You collaborate on projects with peers and creative professionals in Music Arts, Music Business, Radio Television Journalism and Screen Arts.

Other info

  • You need a laptop for this program. Specific laptop requirements will be provided before classes begin.
  • Students are required to participate in assignments and projects that take place off campus, outside regular classroom hours.
  • Many of the volunteer and work experience opportunities occur in environments that require you to be 19 or older. Students who are under age 19 may not be able to fully participate in these activities.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A portfolio submission is used to assess your basic recording principles and experience with different recording software. For detailed information on what your portfolio needs to include, see the Music Production and Engineering Portfolio Requirements (PDF 146KB). Drop your portfolio off at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Many graduates find opportunities for work as engineers in the recording and production industries. Your most likely career as a Music Production and Engineering professional is as a self-employed, independent entrepreneur. You can work with recording companies, touring commercial artists, advertising groups, broadcasting companies, etc.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

BART 2075 - Entrepreneurial Fundamentals
This course introduces learners to the concepts, vocabulary and skills associated with entrepreneurship. Learners will explore personal characteristics and evaluate their own potential as an entrepreneur.

BART 3075 - Entrepreneurship Project
This is a project based course where learners will have the opportunity to apply entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to a personal business venture whilst being advised and supported by experts and professionals. Learners will develop a business idea aligned to their area of study by applying established processes, attitudes and skills in a real world environment. This is an opportunity for learners to try things out and make mistakes in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Risk taking and innovation will be encouraged without incurring penalties for unsuccessful attempts.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SOUN 1012 - Audio Engineering I
This course will introduce students to the equipment used in a professional recording studio with a focus on recording consoles, preamps, digital hardware and software. Topics covered include signal flow, microphone techniques, digital recording, signal processing and critical listening. Recording, editing, and basic mixing techniques will be developed for a demo recording.

SOUN 1013 - Audio Engineering II
This course will continue to develop the skills, principles and practices of audio recording. Emphasis will be placed on pre-production and production skills with a focus on proper microphone technique, critical listening skills, digital recording mediums, and basic final mastering skills required for product production.

SOUN 1014 - Entertainment Industry Survey
This course will identify and explore current and future jobs, trends and their potential for creating revenue streams and employment opportunities in the music industry. The aim of the course is to gain an understanding of the variety of professional positions in the industry and develop analytical skills, tools and processes to recognize opportunities in the ever-evolving landscape.

SOUN 1015 - Introduction to Music Production
This course is an introduction to the world of modern music production. Students will cover a variety of topics including how to facilitate artists in a recording session, song choice, song breakdown, lyric analysis, artistic development and creative vision, scheduling and budgeting. After completion of this course students will be able to execute basic ideas of music creation for themselves or for other artists.

SOUN 1016 - Music Technology I: Professional Studio
This course will introduce students to the basic software principles of modern Digital Audio Workstations. This combined theory and practical lab will cover MIDI basics, current recording software, and music sequencing techniques. Students will get hands-on practical experience with computer-based recording systems typically found in many modern recording studios as well as the home studio.

SOUN 1018 - Music Theory
This introductory course is designed to enhance the fundamental skills in a practical context for a career in music production and is appropriate for both musicians with some theory background and those that are self-taught. Instrumentalists and non-instrumentalists will benefit by developing the ability to read, write, arrange, hear, and communicate musical ideas. Topics covered will be scale identification, ear training, chord building, identification of intervals, rhythm, tempo, chart reading, and other basic elements of music.

SOUN 1020 - Contemporary Songwriting
This class introduces the concepts of modern song writing. Students will analyze songs to determine the structure and the components used to build them. Using this knowledge, students will write and transcribe charts to capture original song ideas.

SOUN 1022 - The History of Music Production
This course examines the evolution of music recording and production. The techniques used to capture, mix and refine songs will be covered with an additional, applied focus on how to reproduce the authentic sounds associated with historical production techniques and processes.

SOUN 1024 - Live Sound Production I: Small Venues
This course will introduce learners to the basic concepts of Live Sound Production. Students setup, operate, take down, and maintain live sound systems. With combined theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical applications, students will create monitor mixes for musicians on stage, and create mixes for a variety of genres. Stage plots, input lists, stage management techniques will be taught for proper planning and communication of live events. Introduction to basic stage lighting and DMX concepts will also be surveyed.

SOUN 1026 - Music Technology II: Professional Home Studio
This course builds on the foundation, principles and practices of Music Technology I. This combined theory and practical lab will continue to develop skills in MIDI sequencing technology, virtual instruments, and advanced DAW concepts.

SOUN 1030 - Business Skills for Independent Artists I
This course introduces students to the fundamental skills and knowledge required to operate as an independent artist or technical professional in the music industry. Revenue streams, business tools, processes, legal obligations and contracts will be covered.

SOUN 2012 - Audio Engineering III
This course will build on the foundation and skills, principles and practices of audio recording. Students will learn effective management techniques for working with assistant engineers and other team members, mentor, and be mentored. Advanced recording, editing, mixing and mastering techniques will also be addressed.

SOUN 2024 - Live Sound Production II
This course focuses on the operation of medium to large live consoles and sound reinforcement systems. Students will also develop skills required to make stylistic and technical decisions for a variety of music events and how to communicate effectively with performers to achieve a professional result.

SOUN 2025 - Music Production Lab I
This course exposes students to the full integration of all the components that are required to create a professional recording for release. Following the lead of senior recording engineers, students will learn how to take a production from the preproduction stage, to production, final mix, and mastering, all while critically evaluating the performances and motivating the participants through these stages.

SOUN 2030 - Business Skills for Independent Artists II
In this course students will apply business processes and tools to a specific project. Students will act as the project manager and follow professional procedures and complete all associated documentation from the inception to completion of the project.

SOUN 2040 - Career Management and Portfolio Development
Career management is the combination of structured planning and the active management of one's own professional career. The evolutionary nature of the industry and the constant technological change requires professionals to recognize new opportunities and ensure they have a current, transferrable skill set. Students will apply processes and methodologies to build and maintain a professional portfolio and explore and manage career options and choices.

SOUN 2050 - Audio for Video and Sound Design I
This course introduces students to the basics of audio for film and video. Emphasis will be placed on all stages of the production flow from pre-production, production and post-production, to final output. Students will examine production recording and its importance in the production flow and learn basic production sound techniques, ADR, Foley, music composition, editing, sound design and mixing.

SOUN 2055 - Audio for Video and Sound Design II
Students will be exposed to advanced concepts of music mixing and orchestration as they apply to film, game and other areas where audio plays an integral part of the experience. Students will apply creative and aesthetic processes to create audio that meets the specific needs of the visual imagery.

SOUN 2060 - Modern Producer I
Students will be introduced to the fundamental steps necessary for any music production. Industry standard procedures will be followed to manage and produce a music demo by integrating the required components and processes. Students will learn how to take a production from the rehearsal stage to recording and final mix, all while critically evaluating the performances, and motivating the participants through these stages. Focus will also be on the development of collaborative skills required to work with musicians and other industry professionals.

SOUN 3000 - Professional Project
Students will prepare a proposal for a project that meets industry standards. In collaboration with other industry professionals, students will produce a product that meets all the technical and aesthetic requirements for professional release.

SOUN 3013 - Audio Engineering IV
This course develops the critical skills required to finish a recording, master, and have it ready for distribution. Students will work on a professional project and learn the skills needed to prepare tracks for final distribution. Emphasis will be placed on pre-production and productions skills including proper microphone technique, critical listening skills and digital recording mediums required for final mastering of a professional production.

SOUN 3045 - Music Production Lab II
Students will present a proposal for a recording project and independently manage the process and operate the professional studio equipment to record a professional music production. Students will also guide junior team members and act as mentors to build collaborative experiences.

SOUN 3060 - Modern Producer II
This course expands on essential skill sets already acquired. Students will apply modern music production skills to a variety of personal and collaborative projects to contribute to a professional portfolio. Emphasis will be placed on the confident creation process, song choice and analysis, critical listening techniques, lyric analysis, and cultivating the creative and aesthetic techniques of production. Students will integrate final production skill sets such as, overall final mix vision, final 2 track master mediums and delivery procedures.

SOUN 4500 - Work Experience

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