Sonic Arts Specialization

The Sonic Arts specialization is a part of your Creative Media major and may be taken as your primary or one of your complementary areas of study. Your faculty advisor in the Division of Communication & Creative Media will help you map out the best academic path to reach your desired career and/or graduate studies goals.

The important skills you develop through the Sonic Arts specialization sequence of courses will give you a tremendous advantage in the marketplace when you begin your job search—this highly specialized skillset is much in demand for creating today's broadcast, video and streaming media professionals.  

  • Learn the fundamentals of music and how to create it on the computer using digital tools.
  • Hands-on sound production courses will introduce you to audio techniques, covering the basics of writing, producing and engineering productions for audio production.
  • Learn how to write, produce and perform a variety of programs including news, interviews, commercials, dramas and documentaries.
  • Gain a solid understanding of digital audio recording and editing techniques for persuasion, information and entertainment, as well as the experience you need to be proficient in technical aspects of sound and music production, such as signal flows, mixing, mastering, compression, asset management and online delivery.
  • Delve into creating sounds using current industry standard synthesizers by working at digital audio workstations to record and organize synthesized sounds and explore the vast array of electronic effects in Apple Logic.
  • Courses toward the end of the specialization sequence will have a specific emphasis on the creative and artistic approaches to sound design.


Courses in this Specialization include:

Fundamentals of Digital Music
(SON120* required for primary and complementary focus)

Introduction to Songwriting
(WRT 180)

Audio Production

(MCM 130)

History of Musical Innovation

(ART 131* required for primary focus)

Synthesis & Sound Design

(SON 282)

Sound Design for Interactivity & Games

(SON 350)

Sonic Circuits
(IXD 399)

Film Scoring
(SON 340)

Advanced Projects in Sonic Arts
(SON 440* required for primary focus)

Advanced Audio Production & Sound Design
(MCM 330)