Columbia College Chicago

Audio Arts and Acoustics

In Audio Arts & Acoustics, you'll study sound, the most omnipresent and evocative of sensations, and hearing, the most versatile and intuitive of senses. The Audio Arts & Acoustics Department offers three degree majors: Bachelor of Arts in Audio Design & Production, Bachelor of Arts in Live & Installed Sound, and Bachelor of Science in Acoustics.

Majors & Programs

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Audio Design and Production, BA


All performers depend on audio experts to help them create and capture their best work. Columbia’s Audio Design and Production program prepares students for careers in music recording, audio post-production, audio for multimedia communications, sound design and sound art. You’ll learn about the science of sound and audio in the context of recording, editing and processing techniques common to all media productions.

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Live and Installed Sound, BA


Well-produced sound is something we don’t frequently notice––and it’s often taken for granted. Yet all art and media performances rely on it for a meaningful and compelling audience experience. This major blends the study of aesthetics, science and technology to cultivate excellence in performance and installed sound and develop the skills sought by the event production and system design communities.

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Acoustics, BS


Effective acoustical design contributes to spaces, environments and products that are safer, more useful and more engaging. Columbia’s Bachelor of Science program in Acoustics develops marketplace-ready graduates for careers in architectural acoustics, environmental noise control, sound perception and cognition, and audio signal and vibration analysis. Our graduates have been working with world-renowned architects, consultants and manufacturers since 1998.

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Music Technology, BS


The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology connects course work in music, audio arts, and information technology to educate artists and designers in the interdisciplinary foundations of modern musical practice. This curriculum focuses on the impact of technology on music’s creation, presentation, representation, and distribution since the beginning of the 20th century while preparing our students for professional musical life in the 21st century.


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