Professional Recording Arts
Diploma

The Professional Recording Arts program is designed to meet the needs of industry by offering a curriculum that provides students with a solid background in technology, theory and industry practices. Practical hands-on experience with recording and live production equipment is essential to being prepared for the contemporary market place.

You don’t just listen to music. You live it. And your goal is to work in a studio, using your talent and the latest tools to create the music and sound that inform, entertain, stir, and inspire others. Our Audio Production programs will show you how to record, edit, mix, and master digital audio using industry-standard professional recording studio technology, including sophisticated Solid State Logic recording consoles. You’ll explore everything from producing live and studio music to designing sound for film, radio, TV, web, live performances, and other venues. With professional audio recording studios as your classrooms, we’ll work with you to develop your unique talents. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty.

This program consists of 90 credits over 6 quarters.

The diploma in Professional Recording Arts is a six-quarter, course of study that is designed to prepare students with the essential skills and knowledge necessary to seek entry-level employment in the field of audio. The Art Institute of Vancouver’s Professional Recording Arts program is designed to prepare graduates to seek entry-level employment in the field of audio engineering and production, music recording, live sound, television, home studio, radio, studio management, corporate AV, game audio, technical support, and others.

Through rigorous study of theoretical concepts, industry practices, and hands-on production techniques, students work to develop the technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities needed to become professional engineers, technicians, producers and business people. Students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of acoustics, audio engineering principles, digital audio editing, analog and digital audio mixing, music theory, keyboarding, and practical audio electronics among other skills.

  • Fundamentals of Audio
  • Digital Audio and Control Systems
  • Audio Technology I
  • Audio Recording I
  • Audio Recording II
  • Digital Music Technology I
  • Digital Music Technology II
  • Digital Audio I
  • Digital Audio II
  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • Acoustics
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Audio Electronics
  • Advanced Recording Techniques I
  • Advanced Recording Techniques II
  • Practical Audio Electronics
  • Synthesis & Sound Design I
  • Synthesis & Sound Design II
  • Digital Audio III
  • Digital Audio IV
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Professional Development and Portfolio
  • Senior Project
  • Recording Arts Elective 1
  • Recording Arts Elective 2
  • Recording Arts Elective 3
  • Recording Arts Elective 4
  • Recording Arts Elective 5

Diploma