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Music Production and Engineering

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:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available

Program 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 and compose through a strong, hands-on curriculum, delivered by working professionals in the recording and live performance environments.
  • Compose, create, edit, mix and master music
  • Setup 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.
  • Analyze music performances with a critical ear
  • Plan and manage a project with artists and bands

This program prepares you for an exciting career in sound and music as you maximize your creativity, hone your interpersonal skills and develop business and entrepreneurial skills you need for success.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • Portfolio Submission – your portfolio submission is used to assess your previous experience with different recording software and basic recording principles to determine your admission into the program.

Choose NSCC

  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You learn from experienced instructors who have strong connections to the music, tv and film industry. Our faculty have owned and run award-winning studios, and are excited to share their practical experience with you.
  • Throughout the program, industry experts and guest speakers are brought in so you get specialized training on subjects like music recording, live sound reinforcement for clubs and arenas, advanced recording technology, vintage recording equipment and the latest equipment and technologies on the rise.
  • Work with industry-standard tools, technology and equipment in a professional top-of-the-line studio that simulates a real-world learning environment.
  • You gain hands-on experience and learn through collaborative projects with other peers and creative professionals in Music Arts, Music Business, Radio Television Journalism and Screen Arts.

Employment Opportunities

  • Many graduates find opportunities for work as a freelance contract engineer in the music recording and production industries, including sound recording studios, post-production facilities, recording companies, merchandising, live public address operation, touring commercial artists, cruise ships, publishing, management, advertising production, sales, electronic music production, virtual instruments/MIDI, sound design or studio recording for broadcasting and television.
  • Some students discover a whole new range of audio-related vocations. Graduates from the program may find themselves drawn towards location recording for film or music and sound creation for video games and interactive multimedia
  • Your greatest employment opportunity is likely to be self-directed and entrepreneurial – creating your own audio-related business.

Other Info

  • You need a laptop for this program. While industry professionals and our studios use computers with Mac OS, student laptops can either be Mac OS or Windows OS. A list with specific laptop requirements will be provided before classes begin.
  • Students will be required to participate in class assignments and projects during events and weekends that can take place off-campus.
  • Volunteer and work experience –Many of the volunteer and work experience opportunities occur in environments that require you to be 19 or older. Students who are under 19 may not be able to fully participate in the volunteer or work experience activities.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 2075   Entrepreneurial Fundamentals
BART 3075   Entrepreneurship Project
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOUN 1012   Audio Engineering I
SOUN 1013   Audio Engineering II
SOUN 1014   Entertainment Industry Survey
SOUN 1015   Introduction to Music Production
SOUN 1016   Music Technology I: Professional Studio
SOUN 1018   Music Theory
SOUN 1020   Contemporary Songwriting
SOUN 1022   The History of Music Production
SOUN 1024   Live Sound Production I: Small Venues
SOUN 1026   Music Technology II: Professional Home Studio
SOUN 1030   Business Skills for Independent Artists I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

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