The Audio Recording and Production certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in audio recording and production.This program will prepare students to take the AVID Pro Tools certification exams at the beginning and intermediate levels culminating in the ability to qualify as an AVID Pro Tools Operator. Pro Tools is the industry standard for digital audio recording for music and audio post production.The AVID Pro Tools certification shows that a student is a leader with the ability to successfully implement and operate Pro Tools within any professional environment.
The NCCC Approach
The certificate program requires 31 credit hours of course work. Students will receive broad-based training in music recording and mixing, location sound, commercial production, audio for video and television, record production and live sound reinforcement.
The Audio Recording and Production certificate program will be attractive to both recent high school graduates as well as community members already working in related fields. This certificate program can be a student’s first step toward a career in the recording industry or can serve as a means for working professionals to gain recognized credentials in sound recording. Skills in audio recording and production can lead to employment in music recording and sound design in:
sound recording firms
concert production companies
film and video production and post-production houses
multimedia production companies
Students are admitted in September and January. Some courses may be available during the two summer sessions.
Program Goals and Objectives
To prepare students with the necessary skills for entry-level positions in audio recording or production
To provide students with a thorough understanding of digital recording software programs and their application in audio recording and production
To facilitate the student’s creative application of digital recording techniques in audio recording and production
To provide practical hands-on experience in the use of digital recording software for creating audio recordings
Student Learning Outcomes
The student will:
Create a block diagram of a typical sound system to demonstrate an understanding of signal flow
Demonstrate the use of audio recording and production equipment
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles of digital audio recording
Use digital recording software to record, mix, edit, master and process audio
Integrate digital recording and midi sequencing into one audio production
Plan and execute a complete recording session including the final mixdown
Use critical listening skills to make appropriate audio production decisions
Demonstrate understanding of the principles and application of electronic music in audio recording and production
Program Requirements (ARPC)
A total of at least 31 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the certificate.
Audio Recording and Production: A minimum of 15 credit hours to include:
There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester. For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.