The Recording Arts and Show Production IDL program is designed to teach students the fundamentals of recording arts and show production, audio engineering, and music production. Students will receive hands-on education using up-to-date technology for all types of audio production. A wide spectrum of professional audio is covered throughout several courses covering areas in both studio, location, installation, and live settings. In each course, students will develop their skills under the mentorship of industry professionals, preparing them for an entry-level position in the audio industry.
What is Interactive Distance Learning?
Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) is not your typical online education. Students in our IDL programs get the full classroom experience from the comfort of their homes. This is not a “watch a video and answer some questions,” e-learning program. This is a fully-engaged, 11-month diploma program that gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on with all the industry-standard gear, equipment, and software provided in their Creative P.A.K. Each IDL class is a 5-hour block that includes live lectures with instructors, time to work on projects, video conferencing, student-to-student interaction, individual demos, and more.
Students in our IDL program are required to purchase a Creative P.A.K. to use during the course of their program and beyond. The digital media industry and its relevant technology are ever-changing, so specific items in your Creative P.A.K. may be updated from time to time. Specific items are not guaranteed. Contact the school for more information.
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Digital Audio Workstations, also known as DAWs are an integral part of the modern audio industry. DAWs are used in all aspects of the audio industry, from the recording studio to live show production. In this course, students will be introduced to DAWs and will learn about the many exciting possibilities the audio industry has to offer. Learning the basics of computer technology and macOS is the starting ground for classes enrolled in the program. Students will move into the DAW, one of the primary tools of the audio industry. During their introductory course, students will focus on learning the industry-standard workstation: Avid’s Pro Tools.
Through many hands-on exercises, projects, and detailed instruction, students will develop an understanding of digital audio editing, effects processing, mixing, audio production, sound design, and critical listening skills. After students have learned the fundamentals of digital audio they will move into advanced editing techniques, jingle production, and sound design. When learning with the use of creative projects, classes will learn about elastic audio, time compression, and expansion techniques in Pro Tools. Aligning audio loops and voice overs will be covered to create jingle productions. Students will also work on a sound design clip using audio and MIDI to create a unique sound design project for their demo reel.
Projects completed in RASP 101IDL:
Music producers must have a good understanding of music theory and artist interaction. In this course, students will be introduced to music production and an introductory course in music theory. Classes will learn about the theory and history of recorded sound, as well as developing a good foundation of music appreciation and diversity. Students will quickly move into music theory where they will learn about scales, key signatures, and structure. Once students have a good understanding of music theory they will move into the music production software: Logic Pro. Students will learn about MIDI production first inside Logic Pro, but also see how to use those aspects within Pro Tools as well. Through many hands-on exercises, projects, and detailed instruction, students will develop a good understanding of Logic Pro and its endless creative possibilities. During the course projects, students will learn about MIDI and music production, as well as remixing and sampling techniques.
Projects completed in RASP 102IDL:
Students are first introduced to the concept of career development, what it means, and its monumental purpose in helping them find a job in their field of study. They will focus on the design of their own personal portfolio, which will include a cover letter, resume, business card, and self-marketing social media outlets like SoundCloud, Behance, and Vimeo. This week is deeply focused on helping students get the skills necessary to obtain an internship. The week is wrapped up by covering interviewing skills with an instructor-led mock interview session.
Projects completed in CD 101IDL2: