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Audio Production

Cornerstone University’s audio production major is one of the leading programs of its kind. Tell stories using the medium of sound while discovering the intricacies and science behind audio production. CU is determined to provide you with a holistic, cutting-edge education that will prepare you for a career in professional audio engineering.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Communication, Media & Music Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of audio production graduates from the class of 2019 were employed within six months.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Internships

We have partnered with several global organizations to offer our audio production students real-world experience in their field. From churches to local recording studios, we have partners that can help you develop your skills.

Opportunities

  • Corporate Sound
  • Fenton Records
  • Grooters Productions
  • Sound Post Recording Studios
  • Willow Creek Community Church

Careers

Our graduates go on to use their unique skills in churches, radio stations and broadcasting companies all around the country. Find out how you can serve the audio industry with your degree.

Opportunities

  • Church media director
  • Live audio engineer
  • Music producer
  • Recording studio engineer
  • Film post sound design and engineer
  • Recording studio operator

Core Courses & Features

The audio production program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select the sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in audio production.

Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Media Core Courses

MDA-111 Introduction to Story

This course explores the means by which meaning and value are constructed in narratives through the critical analysis of stories told from a variety of mediums. Students will develop knowledge of story structure and its application to form and aesthetic choices made in the construction of media productions. An emphasis will be placed on understanding how an artist’s “voice” is developed and communicated through storytelling.

MDA-213 Introduction to Graphic Design

This course teaches an overview of the graphic design field and industry, introducing students to the preferred software, concepts and workflows of this industry. Students participate in interactive lectures, group conversations, online research and study and more. Students are taught simplified workflows for software, such as vector graphics creation, Photoshop compositing and image enhancement, page layout techniques and file export preferences

MDA-261 Audio Production I

An overview of basic audio engineering, covering topics pertaining to collection and arrangement of sound within the recorded environment and basic auditory skills as they apply to the recording engineer.

MDA-271 Film and Video Production I

An exploration of the elements of video production from a theoretical and practical perspective through the three phases of production. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental process and technology of video production through the “hands-on” application of exercises and projects.

MDA-318 Writing for Media

A “hands-on” class where students learn the basics of many genres of media writing in one semester—news writing, advertising, documentaries and dramatic scriptwriting. Students are able to explore where their interests and skills lie and grow in learning to express themselves in all these different forms of media writing.

MDA-380 Internship

Practical work experience using audio, film or video skills in an appropriate setting relevant to the student’s area of emphasis.

Audio Core Courses

MDA-161 Audio/Visual Technical Production

Coverage of the basics of being an A/V Technician. The course covers cabling and component interconnect as well as system design. This class will also teach the student how to provide the basic audio visual technical support needed in a typical environment.

MDA-262 Live Audio Production

Extension of theories and techniques used in MDA-261 and application to a live sound reinforcement context. Other topics include signal flow, speaker coverage, feedback control, equipment management, amplification wattage and basic troubleshooting. Students will complete a lab component mixing live sound for Cornerstone events.

MDA-281 Audio Production II

An extension of the skills and concepts introduced in Audio Production I, as students refine and learn to apply their knowledge of audio collection, arrangement, coloring and sweetening in a variety of production types. Both group and individual productions and the opportunity for professional critiques by Cornerstone University Radio personnel will be given.

MDA-361 Audio for Media Production

This course explores the role of audio outside of music and film production. Students will undertake production pods which will examine audio production in relationship to radio, theatre, streaming/podcasting and new media technologies such as video games, audiobooks and social media applications.

MDA-363 Audio for Post Production

Examination of the fundamentals of sound for motion pictures covering the evolution of sound technology through to advanced surround sound editing and foley construction.

MDA-366 Advanced Live Audio Production

This course serves as an extension of theories and techniques introduced in MDA-262, developing student’s abilities to plan, troubleshoot and execute in a live sound production environment. Topics include system design, acoustic considerations of an environment, mixing and mic techniques.

MDA-367 Advanced Studio Techniques

This course covers advanced topics in audio mixing, mastering and studio music production. Students will explore technical and artistic approaches to the post mixing process, advanced Pro Tools functions, listening capabilites and audio engineering.

MDA-486 Capstone Audio Project

Complement to the recording project requirements of the CCM program. Students will complete tasks as a studio producer from song arrangement and selection through to mastering and packaging.

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

As an audio production student, you will have the opportunity to do an off-campus semester program at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our audio production program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

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Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Communication, Media & Music Division offers a wide range of majors that can be tailored to your interests. Check out other programs related to audio production.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.