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Audio Engineering Programs

Douglas College, located in Metro Vancouver, offers a full-time two-year diploma in audio engineering, as well as part-time non-credentialed training.

Music Technology Full Time diploma program 
The full time Music Technology Diploma program provides two years of training resulting in a diploma that can be transferred to university. You'll get the hands-on training you need in audio engineering, music production, game audio and live sound, for less than $5000 a year. Find out more about the Music Technology Diploma program

Part Time Continuing Education
The part time program is specifically designed to equip you with the right attitudes and skills required to work professionally in the audio/music industry. Courses are offered evenings and weekends at the New Westminster campus.

Audio Engineering 1, 2, 3

In these three sequential courses, students learn how to set-up and operate recording equipment. Instruction will focus on the components in the audio chain including microphones, cables and connectors, consoles, equalizers, compressors, amplifiers, speakers and more. Some of the concepts covered are: gain structure in audio systems; psycho-acoustics and the human ear; room acoustics and the principles of sound including, amplitude, frequency, harmonic content, wavelength, envelope, velocity and phase.

Throughout the courses students gain hands-on experience through a thorough teaching of methods that can lead to a career as a music producer and/or audio engineer. Students learn the basics of recording and engineering in a digital multi-track studio with industry standard recording equipment and techniques that include: microphone selection and placement for instruments and voice; as well as signal routing and operation of analog and digital consoles, hardware processors and software plug-ins. Professional gear by SSL Roland, Yamaha, Focusrite, Avalon, Millenia, Tannoy, Urie, Lexicon, Tascam, Genelec, AKG, Shure, Audio Technica, Alesis, TC Electronics, Digidesign, Sony, and other manufacturers will be used by students during the course.

Practical recording exercises with many instruments including drums, bass, guitars, keys, pianos and vocals, occur throughout the class and culminate in recording sessions with musicians/bands. Two songs will be recorded and mixed providing students with valuable experience. All students participate in the studio sessions and creation of the finished recordings.

Completion of Audio 1 can be used as preparation for the Douglas College Music Technology Diploma program.  Ideal for those interested in an introduction to recording engineering technology. Ages 14+. 

Audio Engineering 1,2, and 3 are offered only during the summer term. The dates for Summer 2020 have not yet been determined. If you would like to be notified when these dates have been set, please send an email to


Please contact the Reg Office (604-527-5472) or visit the Registration page with the CRN(s) of the course(s) you wish to register for. Contact the Community Music School at or 604 527 5465 for more information.