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Audio Engineering

The B.A. in Audio Engineering at CSUDH is a hands-on, professionally-oriented program geared for students who want marketable job skills for careers in music recording, live sound reinforcement, audio post production, and sound design for film, television, and related media industries. Students produce, track, mix, and master their own recordings in the studio and on location.

The mission of the Audio Engineering degree is to

  1. Provide an academic program that gives students a solid base in the theory and technology skills required for professional careers in the audio and sound design industry;
  2. Provide hands-on experience in the basic software and hardware tools utilized in music recording, live sound reinforcement, audio post production, and sound design for film, television, and related media industries;
  3. Provide the opportunity for students to work in teams, applying their producing, tracking, mixing, mastering and engineering skills to produce a variety of professional-quality products;
  4. Develop interpersonal skills and professional demeanor that will enable students to work effectively and cooperatively as team players on collaborative projects in the industry.

The Audio Engineering curriculum emphasizes collaborative teamwork among the students in the Digital Media Arts Department. For example, Film &Television students will write, produce, film, and edit a television documentary or short movie that our Audio Engineering students then take over to perform the sound design elements of ADR, foley, and sound effects editing, while our music composer students compose, arrange, and record original music scores for the film’s soundtrack. Conversely, our Audio Engineering students record and produce a band’s song while the Film & Television students film and edit the music video of the song as well as the bonus material such as interviews with the band and behind-the scenes “making of” footage for the interactive DVD, Blu-ray, or website, The Audio Engineering degree is geared for students who want to have careers working as professionals in the media industry. These career goals include recording engineer, music producer, sound designer, MIDI composer/arranger, location sound recordist, boom operator, and audio post production. With Hollywood just 20 minutes from campus, our students have the opportunity to work for and serve internships at a variety of recording studios, commercial TV stations, motion picture studios, audio and video post-production houses, and theatrical stage venues. There are also internship and employment opportunities for our students in noncommercial media venues such as educational media at schools and colleges and in- house media production at major corporations and community organizations.

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Admission requirements

First-time freshman:

  • High school GPA of 2.5 (“B” average) or higher
  • High school graduation certificate or exam results
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

Major Requirements

  • Tools and Techniques in Digital Media Production
  • Audio Recording
  • Audio Recording Lab
  • Music Synthesis
  • Music Synthesis Lab
  • Digital Media Production Workshop
  • Strategies for Digital Media Delivery
  • Advanced Audio Recording
  • Advanced Audio Recording Lab
  • Recording Studio Maintenance
  • Recording Studio Maintenance Lab
  • Advanced Music Synthesis
  • Advanced Music Synthesis Lab
  • Music Production
  • Music Production Lab
  • Audio Projects Lab
  • Audio Production
  • Mixing & Mastering
  • Digital Audio Workstation Concepts
  • Internship in the Media
  • Digital Technology, Culture and the Arts
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Project Digital Media

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information

Tuition fees

  • Tuition Fees: $6,945 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $9,504 (24 units/2 semesters)

Career opportunities

Graduates in Audio Engineering will find career opportunities in a wide range of entertainment, informational, and educational venues. The broad focus of the curriculum prepares students for roles as recording engineers, music producers, sound designers, MIDI composer/arrangers, location sound boom operators, and audio post production technicians. With its emphasis on hands-on training and production project experience graduates of the program are qualified for a variety of career opportunities in the music industry, live sound reinforcement, sound designing, and audio post production in commercial broadcasting at TV stations, networks, studios, and production houses; noncommercial television such as in-house corporate, government, educational, and institutional communications operations; public access and local origination cable television; and of course, free-lance production services as an audio engineer.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Established in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills (called CSUDH) is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County with easy access to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the sunny California beaches. CSUDH...

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

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