Creative storytelling matters.

Audio production allows you to tell stories through practical and creative uses of sound. Cornerstone stands at the forefront of enabling students to influence the airwaves of our culture through numerous interesting forms.

You'll focus on classes in mixing and mastering, post production, and live sound production in fully-equipped studios, learning the techniques necessary to deconstruct popular music production; develop your professional audio portfolio; engineer, mix, master and produce audio; learn audio post-production for film and television; and use industry standard studios and equipment.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Communication & Media
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    As a graduate of this program, you will discover opportunities as a...
    • Church Media Director
    • Film Post Sound Design and Engineer
    • Live Audio Engineer
    • Music Producer
    • Recording Studio Engineer
    • Recording Studio Engineer Owner & Operator

    Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree program for a major in Audio Production.

  • Related Degree Programs

    If you have interest in audio production, look at other majors the Communication & Media Division offers:

    Internship Opportunities

    Cornerstone students have interned in a variety of exciting venues. You could do the same by interning with...
    • Big Ticket Festival: Help professionals run sound at our local music festival.
    • WCSG: Work with the one of West Michigan's strongest radio stations.
    • Contemporary Christian Music Center: Spend a semester in Nashville and intern with industry professionals.
    • Mega Churches: Improve your live mixing skills through interning at one of our many area churches.

Career Outcomes

  • Dave VanKeulen ('12) serves as the Tech and Programming Director at Impact Church in Lowell, MI, where he manages everything from live sound mixing to video content, lighting, and stage design.
  • Sarah Schaefer ('11) works at Brilliance Audio in Grand Haven, MI, where she edits, mixes, and engineers audio book recordings.
  • Mike Cervantes ('10) owns and operates a recording studio in Grand Rapids called The Foxboro.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to successful completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production degree requires the following courses:

  • MDA-121 Intro to Digital Media (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-151 Music Fundamentals for Audio Production (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-161 A/V Tech Production (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-261 Audio Production I (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-262 Live Sound Production (4 credit hours)
  • MDA-272 Deconstructing Popular Music Production (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-281 Audio Production II (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-363 Audio for Post Production (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-380 Internship (4 credit hours)
  • MDA-381 Mixing (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-383 Mastering (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-484 Music Producing (3 credit hours)
  • COM-400 Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-486 Capstone Audio Project (3 credit hours)
  • MUS-460 Music Business (3 credit hours)
  • Choose one elective (3 credit hours)
    • COM-212 Interpersonal Communication
    • COM-321 Group Communication
  • Choose one elective (3 credit hours)
    • COM-339 Social Media
    • COM-354 Announcing and Reporting
    • MDA-213 Introduction to Graphic Design
    • MDA-271 Film Video Production I
    • MDA-319 Mass Media Literacy

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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