School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Turn your love of music and audio into a career you love at the Academy’s music and audio production school.  Learn music production, composition, scoring, MIDI, recording, editing and mixing, as well as sound design, dialog, sound effects and final mix from industry professionals teaching at the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, and apply these skills in media production.

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Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degrees

Academy of Art University’s Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media program will guide you as you develop finely tuned skills in the areas of soundtrack production: composing, music production, music editing, sound effects and dialog recording, editing, and mixing.

What Great Design Sounds Like

We inspire and motivate students to cultivate their unique voice as artists. Students develop a portfolio that demonstrates a personal style and a high level of technical skills, preparing them for a professional career. The spirit of imagination, creativity, skill, and intense commitment flourishes. The proof is in the music. This is what great design sounds like.

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Your dream is within reach. Follow your heart and get started on the career of your dreams.

Facilities & Technology

The School of Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media has a state-of-the-art Virtual Instruments Lab, with professional level equipment and software, including a leading edge computer and audio interface, high end audio monitors, and sample libraries from Vienna Symphonic Library, East-West, and Spectrasonics (Omnisphere). This lab allows students to use the highest grade professional tools to create orchestral and electronic music scores for films and other visual media.


Our instructors don’t just teach you about the music industry, they are part of the music industry. The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized professionals who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends. They will challenge you to reach your creative potential.

Whatever you want to do creatively - music, art, fashion - it’s here.

Academy of Art University junior, Tre Elrod, brings his passion of making music to the music production room and the stage. See what your future can hold when you pursue your creative dreams.

Student Work

Jun Seok Eom Demo Reel
Xiuzhu Guo Demo Reel
Kevin Chitsungo Stargirl Music Scoring
Jessica De La Cruz Demo Reel
Yurun Wu "Colorfornia"
Shannon Webster Demo Reel
Nikki Fish Demo Reel
Cheng Sha Demo Reel
Amin Rajabi "I Want You"
Brian Heater "Welcome to the Exploratorium"
Tori Langfitt Demo Reel
Abhishek Ghosh Demo Reel

Alumni Success

Mark Cofer: Transforming a Love of Music into a Living Career

Mark Cofer is a passionate musician who had a practical dilemma: How can he make a living with a music career? In this video, he shares how he found the answer through his “Academy moment,” which led him to being the successful film composer he is today, with credits including box-office hits like Spiderman: Homecoming, The Magnificent Seven, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Featured Alumni

Industry Partnership

Apple Technology

Highlighting Academy of Art University as a leader in career readiness, a new video by Apple Higher Education Stories documents the creative process that Stephen Lamar Moore, a music graduate student, used to score the soundtrack for an animation film.

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Careers in Music Production & Sounds Design for Visual Media

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in the music business.


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Score Composer
Compose original music to accompany narrative storytelling in visual media. Work with sound editors and mixers to balance music with other soundtrack elements, creating the sonic world in which characters live. Drive the emotions of the audience by crafting musical ideas that reflect the unspoken thoughts of a character.
Mixing is the ultimate combination of the technical and the creative. Balance music and audio elements to create the polished final mix to make a dynamic impact on your audience. Learn how to use plug-ins like EQ, reverb and more along with mix automation to create balanced mixes that deliver the emotional impact your audience demands.
Sound Editor
Edit dialog, sound effects, ambiences, and other sounds to fit with the visual material. Use filters and plug-ins to transform audio for a specific setting. Work with the Supervising Sound Editor to deliver all audio assets for a given project, whether film, game, or animation.
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Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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