Audio Engineering - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code - CIP Code: DIGI.AAS/10.0303
Credits Required: 61
Academic Division: Arts, Communications and Humanities
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Program/CIP Code: AENG.AAS/10.0203
Credits Required: 62
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 Composition II* 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0104 Intermediate Algebra** or higher 3
ARTS 0101 Art Appreciation 3
PSYC 0101 Psychology * 3
  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
ARTS 0111 Drawing 3
DIGI 0115 Beginning Photoshop 3
DIGI 0116 Intermediate Photoshop * 3
DIGI 0117 Advanced Photoshop * 3
DIGI 0131 Two Dimensional Design 1 3
DIGI 0174 Beginning Illustrator 3
DIGI 0175 Advanced Illustrator * 3
DIGI 0176 Graphic Design: Multimedia and Web I * 3
DIGI 0177 Graphic Design: Multimedia and Web II * 3
DIGI 0178 Graphic Design: Print Media I * 3
DIGI 0179 Graphic Design: Print Media II * 3
DIGI 0180 Publication Design 3
DIGI 0191 Internship: Digital Graphics* 3
DIGI 0193 Portfolio Production* 3
  Total Hours for Digital Imaging Requirements 42
*See course syllabi for Digital Imaging course prerequisites.   

Total Hours

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