Audio Engineering

Overview

Are you interested in becoming a music producer or audio engineer? This program will prepare you for a career in the live sound, studio recording and music production business.

Over six months you will learn from experienced instructors in a real studio environment to get a comprehensive perspective of audio engineering.

Classes can be taken in any order except Studio 1, 2, and 3. A compressed version of the program is offered each spring with weekend options. Weekday classes are offered each fall.

Learn more at a free information session offered each August.

How to Enroll

To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!

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Call 803.732.0432 to talk to us about this program, or email cce@strangeracer.com

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Take the following courses in any order except Studio I, II, and III must be taken in that order. Students must successfully complete these courses within a two-year period.

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
1.60 16

Audio Engineering, Introduction

In this course, students will learn how to use standard types of audio equipment and understand the basic theory of operation for using microphones, mixing consoles, compressors, EQs, reverbs and speaker systems. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and terminology related to sound, audio, equipment and systems, while being challenged to open themselves to different ways of listening. Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910.

ID: CEMUS-507

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$449.00
1.60 16

Music Business

This course will introduce students to an overview of the music business to include: building a team, major label deals vs independent, marketing campaigns, publishing, licensing, distribution, selling and promoting music. This course will identify key business management skills needed to pursue a career in the music industry. Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910.

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-510

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$449.00
1.80 18

Studio Recording I

In this course, students will learn the latest techniques in audio recording while operating the industry standard Pro Tools workstation, utilizing both recording and editing procedures. mixing techniques, microphone placement, studio set-up and signal processing (analog/digital) will also be covered. Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910.

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-522

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$449.00
1.80 18

Live Sound Production

This class will teach you what you need to know to work in the live sound business. Learn how to design, setup and operate live sound systems for concerts and other events. Understand all the components of a sound system and how to mix sound. Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910.

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-521

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$449.00
1.80 18

Studio Recording II

Students will enter the realm of professional mixing and editing techniques. Exploring more options in mics, outboard gear and plugins in class. Live recording and mixing of artists in class!

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-523

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$449.00
1.60 16

Commercial Music Theory

This class teaches the basic music skills that any music producer should know. Understand important musical terms such as tempo, time signature and the key that the song is in. This class will feature lots of in-class recording and music creation featuring guest musicians. Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910.

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-511

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$449.00
1.80 18

Studio Recording III

Create and mix audio and sound FX for video and film. Learn advanced song editing and arranging skills to make altering song structures easy and quick! Mastering masterclass! We will take a deep dive into mastering and explain the process. This course includes a two-hour lab. Textbook included. Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-524

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$449.00
1.80 18

Digital Music Production

Learn how to make beats and create music tracks for all genres of music, video games and film soundtracks. Course covers the digital audio program Reason. Upon completion of this course students will be able to program and mix digital projects. Topics include MIDI, signal flow, multi-tracking, songwriting and more... Classes meet at Midlands Audio Institute, 207 S. Prospect St., Columbia, SC 29205. 803.782.6910

Classroom

ID: CEMUS-525

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$449.00
 
Estimated Cost
Tuition Assistance
$3,592.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Audio Engineer

This program prepares students for entry-level positions working in recording studios, churches, theaters and/or working with bands.

Projected Job Growth

+24.5%

Average Annual Salary

$45,940
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Recording Studios
  • Churches
  • Theaters

What’s next after I complete this program?

Begin Working Professionally

Students can find jobs in a variety of settings – performing arts venues, music studios, sound jobs with local events, churches, and more.

Want more information?

Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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