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Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

MCTC's Sound Arts program will teach you to artistically produce and create quality sound, using the most current high-tech equipment and computer software available. The core of the program the first of its kind in the Midwest is a series of five comprehensive sound arts courses encompassing the physics of sound, analog and digital theory, and artistic form. MCTC's experienced faculty also will provide extensive hands-on training, teaching you to operate electronic and digital equipment and encouraging you to develop your own creative vision. You will broaden your knowledge by studying sound arts history and literature, music theory and design, and the business of sound arts. The program will help you master the specific procedures for recording, manipulating and mixing sound in a studio. You will even learn how to design your own studio for professional work in music or sound design. In addition, you will learn to adapt to change and train yourself on new equipment and technologies as they appear. You will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups to complete projects involving music, dialogue, and sound effects and learn to tie sound projects to video and film. In addition, you will put your new skills to work in an internship in the sound industry. For a final project, you will produce a portfolio of small and large works mastered to a compact disk. All students in the program will need to purchase media materials such as recording tape and jump drives during the course of the program. MCTC has an articulation agreement with Metropolitan State University. Where You Could Work: Recording and postproduction studios, Location recording companies, Video and film location and studios, Radio stations, Commercial music houses, Nightclubs and touring productions, Web design firms, Self-employment (self-run studios and production companies)

Program Locations

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College 55403

Labor Market Information

  • Sound Engineering Technicians

  • Median wage: $20.70/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403 Toll-Free: (800) 247-0911 Local: (612) 659-6200 Email: