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  • Objectives
    The Music Industry Arts program educates students in all relevant aspects of the contemporary audio industry. The program prepares highly driven, focused graduates and promotes the professional attitude required to function in the musical, technical and commercial areas of Audio Production Engineering, Audio Post Production and Business. The program approach is intensively hands-on, with professional media and recording facilities exclusively dedicated to student use. Course curricula include functions of digital and analog consoles, digital recording, QuickTime video interlock and basic video editing, MIDI and loop based recording and sequencing, analog/digital production techniques, contracts, sales and promotion music publishing, copyright, arranging, music theory, ear training, creative audio production techniques, studio operation and management. Computer literacy, digital audio and MIDI techniques relevant to the disciplines of music and post-production recording are offered through theory and practical applications.
  • Academic Title
    Music Industry Arts Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • WRIT-1037    Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media     3.00
    • DIGL-1019    Music Production in Digital Environ. 1     2.50
    • MUSC-1010    Applied Music Theory 1     3.00
    • PROD-1047    Music Production Techniques-Intro     3.00
    • PROD-1003    Intro to the Music Industry     3.00
    • PROD-1004    Contracts     1.00
    • RCRD-1001    Recording Engineering Lab 1     2.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • COMM-3027    Professional Communication-Music Industr     3.00
    • DIGL-5007    Music Production in Digital Environ. 2     2.50
    • MUSC-3008    Applied Music Theory 2     3.00
    • PROD-1008    Intro to the Music Industry     3.00
    • PROD-1009    Contracts     1.00
    • PROD-1013    Production Techniques Lab     1.50
    • RCRD-1002    Recording Engineering Lab 2     2.00
    • Level 3    Credits
    • Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    • Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • DIGL-1020    Audio Post Production 1-Sound Design     2.00
    • MUSC-3001    Song & Composition Analysis     1.00
    • PROD-1046    Entertainment Law 1     2.00
    • PROD-3003    Music Business     2.00
    • PROD-3016    Music Production 1     2.00
    • MUSC-1009    Guest Lecture Series     1.00
    • DIGL-3019    Digital Audio Recording/Systems & Techn     3.50

    Level 4    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • DIGL-5009    Digital Audio Recording-Adv     3.50
    • DIGL-5008    Audio Post Prod 2-Sound for Picture     2.00
    • MUSC-3002    Song & Composition Analysis     1.00
    • PROD-5005    Entertainment Law 2     2.00
    • PROD-3010    Music Business     2.00
    • PROD-3014    Business Ethics in the Music Industry     1.00
    • PROD-5004    Music Production 2     3.00
    • MUSC-5002    Guest Lecture Series 2     1.00
    • MUSC-3007    Music Industry Seminar     1.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 9 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2, 3 and 4

    COMM-3027 -  Professional Communication-Music Industr
    This course prepares students to work in the music industry by helping them to develop an appreciation of the language of music. Students will read, analyze, discuss and write about a variety of texts, such as song lyrics, music reviews, and articles concerning popular music. Topics for discussion may include the history, musicology, poetics, and genres of popular music, as well as the socio-economics of the music industry. In addition, students will work as part of teams to present seminars on the topics discussed, and individually conduct an interview with a music industry insider.

    DIGL-1019 -  Music Production in Digital Environ. 1
    An introductory theoretical and practical course that focuses on the basics of audio and music technology, editing, synthesis and production. This course relates to identifying and implementing production techniques used in current music production. Software includes Vsamp, Garage Band, Logic Pro and Reason.

    DIGL-1020 -  Audio Post Production 1-Sound Design

    An intermediate digital audio production and theory course that utilizes advanced audio software . Diverse sound production is covered through the use of digital audio, MIDI, virtual instruments, control surfaces and Quicktime video. Creative and interesting hands on applications include sound production, sound design, multimedia production, music creation and editing, and audio post production.

    DIGL-3019 -  Digital Audio Recording/Systems & Techn
    This course is designed to provide lectures, demonstrations and practical hands-on experience in the modern large format multi track digital recording studio, using ProTools HD software and hardware technology along with various digital peripherals including MIDI.

    DIGL-5007 -  Music Production in Digital Environ. 2

    A practical and theoretical course providing the skills necessary to understand basic digital audio recording editing equipment and operate electronic musical instruments and computer-based MIDI systems, both independently and in conjunction with specific recording applications taught at same level. A continuation of DIGL1019.

    DIGL-5008 -  Audio Post Prod 2-Sound for Picture
    A continuation of DIGL 1020. A hands on and theoretical digital audio production course that further utilizes digidesign Pro Tools, Apple Logic Pro and Propellerheads Reason, Native Instruments Kontact 2, Final Cut Pro and Quicktime. The 4 main areas of sound for picture are covered: dialog, sound effects, music and foley. Applications include audio production, video production, Internet delivery, broadcast, audio and video postproduction, sound design and multimedia. Term project(s) will be assigned.

    DIGL-5009 -  Digital Audio Recording-Adv
    This course is primarily designed to provide lectures, demonstrations and practical hands-on experience in the modern multitrack sound recording studio, using digital audio technology. This theory portion of the course is a basic "open forum" where students and the professor will discuss related aspects of the subject matter covered in the lab classes.

    MUSC-1009 -  Guest Lecture Series

    A lecture series offered by various professionals in the music industry, covering relevant subject matter for the MIA students, including production and engineering techniques, legal matters, music management and publishing, artist relations, live performance, audio and video post-production and sound design.

    MUSC-1010 -  Applied Music Theory 1
    This course will offer the student the skills needed to bridge the gap between music theory and its application to current musical environments, both in the recording studio and live performance. This course will also examine a history of popular music in North America in the 20th century, with a focus on those aspects relevant to the development of the commercial music industry in Canada and the U.S. This semester covers the period from the development of early Blues in the American south to the British Invasion and current trends including musical theater productions.

    MUSC-3001 -  Song & Composition Analysis
    A detailed examination of comercially viable songs and compositions from the standpoint of musical style characteristics, construction, form, and lyrical content. Critical listening skills and awareness of sounds and mix arrangements in various production stages will be emphasized.

    MUSC-3002 -  Song & Composition Analysis
    A continuation of MUSC-3001, this semester is a forum for song critique as well as continued exposure to a wide variety of musical genres. An analysis of successful artist and the methodology they employed in achieving their success will be allocated in group projects for students.

    MUSC-3007 -  Music Industry Seminar
    This course gives the student a wide base of knowledge and develops skills to help prepare for a meaningful career in the music industry. Topics will focus on personal skills and self-awareness, changes in the economic comunity that impact the music business, time management, resumés and interviews, operating your own business, the cultural environment and creativity, the impact of television on society, leadership, and the ongoing need to keep up with change.

    MUSC-3008 -  Applied Music Theory 2

    A practical course designed to equip the student with the highly technical level of aural accuracy required to function in the music industry. The student will develop the ability to assess accuracy of intonation, rhythm, scales and degrees of the scale, intervals, triads and chords, as well as to recognize errors in the reading of music. The student will also be exposed to a wide range of timbres, both acoustic and synthesized. This course also offers an analysis of artists and their production techniques of popular music from 1930-present, with focus on those aspects relevant to the development of the commercial music industry internationally.

    MUSC-5002 -  Guest Lecture Series 2
    A lecture series offered by various professionals in the music industry, covering relevant subject matter for the MIA students, including production and engineering techniques, legal matters, music management and publishing, artist relations, performance post-production and sound design.

    PROD-1003 -  Intro to the Music Industry

    A study of the major creative and business components that form the foundation of today's music industry with an emphasis on how they are interconnected and interdependent.

    PROD-1004 -  Contracts
    This course will introduce the student to the principles of contracts and contract negotiations through the study of the manager/artist relationship.

    PROD-1008 -  Intro to the Music Industry
    A continuing study of the major creative and business components that form the foundation of today's music industry including some practical applications of knowledge learned.

    PROD-1009 -  Contracts
    The first unit this semester will introduce the student to the principles of contract negotiations through in-class exercises. The second unit will examine talent agents, business managers and live performance contracts.

    PROD-1013 -  Production Techniques Lab

    This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the elements involved in establishing a plan and budget for the production of music recordings.

    PROD-1046 -  Entertainment Law 1
    An examination of the major legal agreements affecting the music industry.

    PROD-1047 -  Music Production Techniques-Intro
    This course is designed to give the student a theoretical and practical working knowledge of music production and the role of the music producer/artist developer in a current recording environment.

    PROD-3003 -  Music Business
    A course designed to give the student the information to make an informed career choice and the theoretical knowledge to function in an entry level position in the entertainment industry.

    PROD-3010 -  Music Business
    A continuation of PROD3003, designed to give the student the information to make an informed career choice and the theoretical knowledge to function in an entry level position in the music industry.

    PROD-3014 -  Business Ethics in the Music Industry
    A course designed to introduce the students to Business Ethics and their application in the music industry.

    PROD-3016 -  Music Production 1
    This course provides the knowledge and musical awareness needed to interact on a professional level with musicians in any recording scenario. All stages of music production will be thoroughly examined. The musicality of the recording and mixing process is stressed throughout. Topics include music production analysis and critique, audio mixing, the overtone series, properties of sound, score reading, recognition of acoustic instruments and their performance methods.

    PROD-5004 -  Music Production 2

    This course provides the knowledge and musical awareness needed to interact on a professional level in a recording scenario. The musicality of the recording and mixing process is stressed throughout. Topics include the overtone series, properties of sound, recognition of instruments and their performance methods, and technical audio ear training. Musical instruments will be covered with analysis of their individual properties, how they relate to each other and they can be altered to create techniques to enhance a music production. A look at how processing affects the sonic structure of the sound in a Surround Sound format.

    PROD-5005 -  Entertainment Law 2

    An examination of the major legal agreements affecting the artist, producer and songwriter through the study of court decisions licensing agreements for the Internet and records, film, television and jingles. Time permitting, music merchandising will also be covered.

    RCRD-1001 -  Recording Engineering Lab 1
    This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern recording studio. Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to properly use microphones, process them through the recording console, utilize various pieces of signal processing equipment and mix in a multi-channel analog / digital format.

    RCRD-1002 -  Recording Engineering Lab 2

    This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern recording studio. Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to properly set up microphones, process them through the recording console, utilize various pieces of signal processing equipment, and record using digital media in a multi-channel format.

    WRIT-1037 -  Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media

    This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected topics and concepts in contemporary media.

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