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 30 credits required for this major. To view the full program of study, which includes core music, liberal arts, and general electives, see the sample curriculum for the bachelor's degree.
- 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)
- Major electives (10 credits)
Updated for catalogue year fall 2020.
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.
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