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Turn your appreciation of great music and sound into a brilliant career. Learn about harmony, orchestration, composition and scoring, as well as sound design, editing, and mixing techniques from industry professionals, and apply these skills in film and video game production. Join us today and take the first step toward this exciting and rapidly evolving field.
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The BFA program provides specialized training across many interdisciplinary aspects of music and sound design. Curriculum focuses on advanced music and sound production techniques, creating sound for video games, music notation, and film score preparation.
BFA Music Scoring and Composition Degree Requirements
After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Listening Skills and Critical Analysis
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
BFA Sound Design Degree Requirements
The AA program provides a strong introduction to the fundamentals of music and sound design for visual media. Coursework emphasizes the basics of audio and music production, how to score for the screen, film music appreciation, and theory training. Graduates with an AA degree are well equipped to move into the more nuanced BFA program.
AA Music Production Degree Requirements
Music and Sound Design
Composition (Composers Only)
AA Sound Design Degree Requirements
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Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the BFA degree provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of music production and sound design for visual media. The general education program (Liberal Arts) supports major coursework by promoting the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in music production and sound design.
The Associate of Arts degree provides students with an introduction to a particular field of study in art and design with a firm foundation in the concepts and problem-solving skills of that field. Once earned, the Associate's degree can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Academy of Art University Associate of Arts degree is specifically designed for seamless transition into the Academy of Art University Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and to apply for entry level positions in the industry.
Curriculum Coordinator for Composition & Scoring, School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media