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Audio Engineering - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code - CIP Code: AENG.AAS/10.0203
Credits Required: 62
Academic Division: Arts, Communications and Humanities

The goal of the Audio Engineering Program is to prepare our students for an entry level position in the varied fields of the audio industry and/or to enable them to transfer to a 4-year degree in a related field. We emphasize hands-on experiential training, while assuring students also understand audio theory and traditional musical concepts. Our curriculum produces a versatile professional, prepared to work in a variety of audio industry fields; to communicate with musicians in a recording studio or live sound environment; and to work in a non-musical audio field, such as broadcasting or corporate sound.

The Audio Engineering facilities at KCKCC include three state-of-the-art recording/mixing studios, a computer/MIDI lab, and live sound reinforcement equipment.  Our facilities are open on evenings and weekends to allow students to work on school projects. The program faculty consists of active professionals in the recording and sound reinforcement industry.

Students frequently transfer to 4-year degree programs in related fields, and our students and alumni have won regional and national awards including those from the Audio Engineering Society, Downbeat Magazine, and the Grammys.  Our students are employed both locally and nationally at live music venues, churches, and recording studios; with national and international touring shows; with music industry retailers; at television, radio stations, film and video production and post-production facilities around the country; telecommunications companies; and music business and administration companies. They have also created entrepreneurial companies that address the needs of niche markets in the audio industry.

Requirements for admission to the program:

  • No requirements for admission to the program.
  • Contact program for program-specific advising.

College Requirement

Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101 Composition I* 3
ENGL 0102 OR
ENGL 0206
Composition II* OR
Technical Writing
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105 College Algebra or higher* 3
MUSC 0101 Music Appreciation or higher 3
PSYC 0101 OR
SOSC 0107 OR
NASC 0130
Psychology* OR
Sociology OR 
Introductory Physics
Total Hours for General Education Requirements 18
*See course syllabus for prerequisite. **Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution.  Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement.

Audio Engineering Requirements

Course Credit Hours
AUDI 0101 Audio Engineering Music Skills or higher 4
AUDI 0103 Audio Engineering Keyboard Skills * or higher 1
AUDI 0108 Electronic Circuit Fundamentals* 3
AUDI 0110 Music Technology 1 3
AUDI 0115 Circuit Analysis 1 * 3
AUDI 0130 Music Business 3
AUDI 0150 Live Sound Reinforcement 1 1
AUDI 0151 Live Sound Reinforcement 2 * 1
AUDI 0160 Live Sound Practicum 1 1
AUDI 0161 Live Sound Practicum 2 1
AUDI 0170 Lighting and Staging 3
AUDI 0210 OR
AUDI 0230 OR
AUDI 0240 OR
AUDI 0258
Music Technology 2* OR
Multimedia Production OR
Sound Editing and Synthesis* OR
Applied Audio for Media*
AUDI 0250 Audio and Recording 1* 3
AUDI 0255 Critical Listening 1* 1
AUDI 0256 Critical Listening 2* 1
AUDI 0260  Audio Recording 2 * 3
AUDI 0270 Audio Recording 3 * 3
AUDI 0280 Audio Recording Portfolio 1 * 1
AUDI 0281 Audio Recording Portfolio 1 * 1
Total Hours for Audio Engineering Requirements 43
*See course syllabus for prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Applied Science in Audio Engineering Degree 62
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