Bachelor of Arts

Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Degree

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Learn current music production, sound design, and synthesis technologies to create professional electronic music compositions. This program will teach you to record, edit, and mix electronic music and sound design projects and will help you develop a deep understanding of electronic instruments by mastering a variety of synthesizer programming paradigms including subtractive, additive, FM, sampling, and granular. Upon graduation, you’ll have a portfolio of professional-quality sound designs and electronic music compositions to prepare you for a career in many areas of electronic music production, including sound design, digital audio editing, synthesist/producing, MIDI pre-production, multimedia development, performing, and more.

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Upon completion of the Electronic Music Production and Sound Design major, you will be able to:

  • Compose professional quality electronic music in a variety of current genres
  • Develop a deep understanding of electronic instruments, mastering a variety of synthesizer programming paradigms, including subtractive, additive, FM, sampling, and granular, in order to create original sounds for electronic music compositions
  • Analyze, identify, and creatively manipulate the properties of sound from a variety of sources, creating new and unique sound design assets
  • Apply core studio technologies and techniques, including recording, editing, and mixing to electronic music and sound design projects
  • Develop a unique voice as a composer and producer using a palette of original synthesized and processed sounds
  • Create effective sound designs for visual productions and multimedia applications using a variety of sound processing techniques
  • Create remixes of existing source material in a variety of genres
  • Develop effective strategies for performing live electronic music
  • Develop a portfolio of professional-quality sound designs and electronic music compositions to attain work as an artist, producer, remixer, or sound designer
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Curriculum

Updated September 8, 2021

(120 Credits)

  • Elective Courses (33 Credits)
  • Complete any eleven courses, except Liberal Arts courses coded with OLART, OLSOC, or OLMSC, in a given student's area of interest and professional development (e.g., music business, songwriting, arranging, orchestration, etc.). (33 credits)

How should I set up my schedule, based on the above requirements?

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  1. Fill out the online application (15 minutes)
  2. Create a 500-750 word essay, or a 3-5 minute video essay
  3. Attach your official transcripts
  4. Ask for two letters of recommendation

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Online undergraduate degree tuition vs. campus tuition

Affordable Tuition

Online undergraduate degree tuition is $60,600 for 120 credits (includes associated fees). To get started, this degree program includes a non-refundable $75 application fee.

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