Audio Engineering Concentration (BCTA)

A Degree in Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Courses in the Audio Engineering Concentration focus on skills necessary to pursue positions in professional sound engineering. Through hands-on training, specialized classroom study, and research, students receive extensive training in all aspects of the industry. Graduates can explore careers in music, radio, television, cinema, gaming, and theatre.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT105 Introduction to Mass Media

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT112 Introduction to Audio Production

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT110 Fundamentals of Video Production

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

MAT096 or placement
BCT122 Fundamentals of Audio     Postproduction

3

BCT112
Professional Elective

3

Electives: As listed to the right
Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
ENG102 English Composition II

3

ENG101
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MUS103 Music Skills and Theory I

3

SPC113 Speech

3

ENG101
BCT211 Advanced Audio Production

3

BCT122
BCT217 Critical Listening for Audio     Engineers

3

BCT122
Non-behavioral Social Science
Elective

3

Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
BCT214 Broadcast and Electronic MediaOperations and Management

3

BCT105,completion of 45 credits, or permission of division deanNote: Offered in Spring only
BCT224 Music Recording and Mixing     Techniques

3

BCT211
Business Elective

3

Electives: ACC, BUS, MGT, MKT
Lab Science Elective

4

Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
General Elective

3

Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
Health Elective

2/3

  Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
                                               Total: 63/64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus .

Transfer options: BCT students who carefully plan their course selections may qualify for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Professional sound engineers are employed in a variety of fields including music recording and mixing; live events for venue audience, recording, or broadcasting; on-air or production for radio and TV; numerous applications on-location; sound effects and Foley; pro audio sales. Professional sound engineers may work as hourly or salaried staff employees, freelancers, or self-employed, independent owner/operators.

Professional electives: Any BCT or PHO course, ART109 Art History I, ART110 Art History II, ART113 Introduction to Studio, ART251 Two-Dimensional Design, ART263 Drawing I, CGD101 Design Theory, CGD104 Digital Imaging, CGD107 Designing Business Graphics, CGD110 Animation, CGD112 Communication in Multimedia Design, CGD205 Digital Photo Art, CGD240 Creative Web Design I, ENG239 Creative Writing: Fiction, ENG240 Creative Writing: Poetry, ENG241 Journalism I: Media Writing, ENG242 Journalism II: Advancing Newswriting, ENG245 Film Appreciation, MKT142 Marketing, MKT143 Retail Management, MUS104 Music Skill and Theory II, MUS110 Music Appreciation, SOC103 Introduction to Sociology, THE101 Fundamentals of Acting, THE103 Introduction to Theatre, THE284 Technical Theatre Practicum I, THE285 Technical Theatre Practicum II.

Earning potential: Varies greatly depending on position and geographic location.

Program Competencies for BCTA

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices of the current electronic media and communications industries, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
  • Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
  • Set up and operate video, audio, and photography equipment and explain signal flow and the working interrelationships of the technical components.
  • Practice oral and written presentation skills unique to the electronic communications industry.
  • Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
  • Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
  • Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
  • Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.

In addition, students concentrating in Audio Engineering shall have proven:

  • A clear command of microphone – choice, placement, technique, and treatment for varying tasks.
  • Awareness of advanced audio signal paths, processing needs, and choice of processing order to acquire desired results.
  • An ability to recognize through listening, the causes of quality in electronically handled sounds, with appreciation for what contributes to professional results and knowledge of remedies for improving what is poor.
  • An understanding of technically assisted communication that compels a listener to embrace a message, story or song.

Technical Standards for BCTA

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Distinguish the movement of needles on meters, the component parts on electronic boards, and visual images through a camera lens.
  • Differentiate content, tones, frequencies, and words in sound recordings.
  • Work as a member of a production team.
  • Function as production manager, including decision making and scheduling.
  • Use appropriately tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with audio video and photography courses such as cameras and camera supports, audio consoles, lighting equipment and digital editing stations (with or without accommodations).