B.A. Live and Installed Sound
- B.A. in Audio Arts - LAS & Core Requirements (2 pages)
- Degree Major Description, Requirements, and Sample 4-Year Plan (3 pages)
- B.A. Transfer and 2nd Bachelors Guidelines and Sample 2-Year Plans (2 pages)
The Live & Installed Sound Program addresses the technology and art of configuring, installing, and operating sound systems for everything from music and theater performances to civic or corporate events, religious services, and public announcement environments, through equal parts theory, aesthetics, and hands-on operation. As different as they may appear, live sound engineers and systems contractors are joined by a common goal: to successfully accomplish a desired sonic outcome in real-time contexts. Live & Installed Sound skills are expertly taught in our Department and are widely sought after by the relevant industries.
Feedback by working alumni in Live & Installed Sound has been driving curriculum design and updates within the Concentration. Our alumni are employed by major artists, venues, and sound companies throughout North America and beyond, as system designers and engineers as well as front-of-house mixers and monitor engineers. Early in the program the classes are directed toward theory and aesthetics, with hands-on experience becoming increasingly the focus of small-group projects as the course sequence progresses.
Cooperative effort is encouraged at all levels of the program, reflecting the professional expectations of the live sound and sound systems design idioms. Opportunity is also provided for students to expand their individual capabilities in lab and in external production contexts.
As live sound production often incorporates other media arts, students are encouraged to take classes in acoustics, and audio production as a means of expanding their personal viability in the professional world. The course material is driven by the realities of that world and the less volatile requirements of a classic liberal arts education.
Director, Live & Installed Sound
David McNutt, MS,MBA
Coordinator, Installed Sound