As an electronic production and design major, you’ll learn how to use technology to create and produce compositions, sonic design, and instruments. Over eight semesters, while completing the college’s core music curriculum, you’ll gather deep, adaptable knowledge of technologies used to create and manipulate sonic elements. Through working with a diverse community of musicians, faculty, and industry professionals, and using our state-of-the-art technology and recording facilities, you’ll gain real-world experience while earning a bachelor's degree.
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Students majoring in electronic production and design master the musical and creative use of electronic music production and sound design tools and technologies. Working in professional-level, 5.1-equipped studios, classrooms and labs, and performance spaces, students study electronic music composition and production, synthesizer programming, sound design techniques for all types of visual media, interactive performance systems, digital signal processing, alternate controllers, game audio design and implementation, software design, audio art and installation design, and more.
Through classroom emphasis on musicianship, creativity, knowledge of concepts, and technical expertise as well as close interaction with faculty and visiting artists, students develop a unique aesthetic vision. Instruction emphasizes deep knowledge of technologies used in electronic music and sound design, and styles of musical expression in an effort to develop an individual creative identity. The electronic production and design curriculum also provides a solid foundation for continued learning and effective performance in a profession that is constantly changing and evolving.
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of a major in electronic production and design, students will:
- compose and produce original electronic music compositions;
- apply a comprehensive understanding of audio signal flow and recording mixing techniques to a variety of professional production projects;
- design original synthesizer sounds using a variety of sound synthesis techniques including subtractive, additive, FM, sampling, granular, and others;
- produce original sound design elements for film, video projects and video game projects;
- perform live electronic music using a variety of hardware devices and software;
- design, build, and use hardware and software electronic instruments;
- design and configure a comprehensive personal production system;
- design and configure systems for multimedia and audio art installations; and
- code audio software applications.
Electronic production and design is a capped major with a separate application process. Each student completes an application form, submits an essay and original music, and interviews with the chair or a full-time faculty member. The chair and full-time faculty have a selections meeting following the conclusion of all interviews. Learn more about the process to apply to the major.
Curriculum and Courses
There are 33 required credits specific to this major in addition to the B.M. required core music courses (41 credits), liberal arts courses (36 unique credits, and 3 credits that double count towards the major), and general electives (10 credits) for a degree total of 120 credits. See the sample curriculum here.
- EP-220 Studio Technologies (2 credits)
- EP-223 Modular Functions and Signal Flow (2 credits)
- EP-225 Control Systems in Electronic Production (2 credits)
- EP-320 Digital Mix Techniques (2 credits)
- EP-321 Control Systems in Advanced Production (2 credits)
- EP-322 Advanced Sound Design Techniques (2 credits)
- EP-341 Programming in Max (2 credits)
- EP-381 Digital Audio Production and Design (2 credits)
- EP-401 Advanced Seminar (2 credits)
- EP-491 Advanced Projects in Electronic Production and Design (2 credits)
- LMSC-207, LMSC-208, LMSC-209, OR LMSC-261 liberal arts and sciences elective in Acoustics or Computer Programming (3 credits)
- Major electives (10 credits)
Updated for catalogue year fall 2021
Sample Curriculum by Semester
Learn how the Electronic Production and Design Department (EPD) puts a premium on sonic experimentation, helping you create new musical ideas for everything from EDM and DJing to production and classical music.
Zak Leever B.M. '16
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