Digital Music Production

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 1814X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Affordable and easy-to-use digital technologies and tools make it possible for independent creators to produce high quality music from a home studio. This practical College Certificate program introduces the key elements to start you composing, editing, recording, producing, mastering and marketing/distributing your own music for a variety of purposes and audiences. Build your toolkit of music production skills with hands-on practice and music business tips.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Your Career

Graduates may pursue self-employment opportunities to produce and record music for singers, videos, bands, podcasts, training material, commercials, multimedia, film, games and other applications.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

It is expected that students have basic computer skills.

To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.

Students are required to bring their own mobile computing device, with software as outlined on the program web page.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Angela Peterson, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6329 or petersa2@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
MSC010036.0Digital Audio RecordingOn Campus
MSC002336.0Digital Audio Production

MSC0023 Digital Audio Production

Students explore editing, arranging and production of songs and music to take production skills to the next level. Building on experience with Cubase or similar audio/sequencing software, students learn automation and mixing techniques, advanced equalization, grouping channels, sound effects, processing, and how to convert vinyl and tape to audio CD and MP3 files.

Pre-requisites: MSC0100

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MSC007742.0Home Based Music ProductionBlank Icon On Campus
MSC003914.0The Audio Mastering ProcessOn CampusBlank Icon
MSC006045.0Music Business Management

MSC0060 Music Business Management

As an independent music creator/producer, get your music out to the world by learning more about how the music industry works. Students identify opportunities to market and distribute their music by covering practical aspects of digital distribution, promotion, agents, royalties, contracts, legal aspects and other music business practices.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MSC007636.0Video and Sound Production BasicsBlank Icon On Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MSC0100 Digital Audio Recording

Using current modestly-priced hardware and software, students learn the fundamentals of how to record (multi-track), edit, arrange, and mix high-quality music, songs and sounds. With a focus on audio recording, students examine microphone types and miking techniques, qualities of a good performance and a good recording, recording audio tracks to create music and/or song layers, basic audio/wave editing, virtual instruments, arranging and mixing, and rendering multiple audio tracks to a stereo WAV file. Students learn how to burn their finished group projects to CD. Cubase software is used.

MSC0023 Digital Audio Production

Students explore editing, arranging and production of songs and music to take production skills to the next level. Building on experience with Cubase or similar audio/sequencing software, students learn automation and mixing techniques, advanced equalization, grouping channels, sound effects, processing, and how to convert vinyl and tape to audio CD and MP3 files.

Pre-requisites: MSC0100

MSC0077 Home Based Music Production

Setting up a professional home-based music production studio has never been easier. Students are guided through the steps of selecting and preparing a room and equipping it with the right equipment to create professional sounding music. Tips and tricks on how to plan and execute a recording session are also provided. Using several professional software programs, students learn how to arrange and mix beats and loops to create exciting musical tracks for singers and videos.

MSC0039 The Audio Mastering Process

Mastering is the process of preparing an audio product for delivery to radio, film, television, CD mass production and the Internet. Students learn how to master projects in a step-by-step hands-on approach using audio/sequencing software. Students also learn how to evolve a final mix to sound more professional. Topics include equalization, compression, relative levels, monitoring, acoustics, metering and much more. In-class exercises focus on listening and analyzing audio for making critical decisions.

Pre-requisites: MSC0100 or MSC0023

MSC0060 Music Business Management

As an independent music creator/producer, get your music out to the world by learning more about how the music industry works. Students identify opportunities to market and distribute their music by covering practical aspects of digital distribution, promotion, agents, royalties, contracts, legal aspects and other music business practices.

MSC0076 Video and Sound Production Basics

With advances in video recording and editing technology, hobbyists to self-employed producers now have the ability to shoot, edit and publish high quality video. Students learn how to plan, shoot and edit a video project using affordable hardware and software. They also learn the proper use of tripods, dollys, jibs, stabilizers, microphones, backdrops and lighting systems to make the project look and sound professional.