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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+. 

Spring/ Summer 2020

UPDATE (April 20, 2020)

The dates for Audio Engineering 1, 2 and 3 have changed (please see below). 
    
Audio 1 & 2 will be held online only. Audio 3 will be held in-person if possible. 

Audio Engineering 1 | CRN 21199

  • May 13 - June 10
  • Course will be work at your own pace, with a scheduled check-in with Hazel for questions

Topics Covered: Logic X: Music Production, Midi, Sound Synthesis, Fundamentals of Audio Theory

Previous experience is not necessary. 

UPDATE (April 20, 2020):

Students who registered after April 15th must download Pro Tools First (free version of Pro Tools).  Email commusic@douglascollege.ca for instructions.

Audio Engineering 1 can be completed with Pro Tools First, to complete Audio Engineering 2, the full version Pro Tools must be purchased. 

UPDATE (April 7, 2020):

Audio Engineering 1 will be held online and will now be Pro Tools based, using a combination of Avid's Collaboration Cloud and the college's online learning portal, Blackboard. 

Pro Tools will run on either a Mac or a PC, the minimum system requirements are provided below.

Avid Pro Tools 12 Minimum System Requirements: 

Mac:

  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.8.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.5), 10.9.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.8), 10.10.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.8.2), 10.11.6, 10.12.6 (only supported with Pro Tools 12.8 and above) or 10.13.2 (Pro Tools 12.8.3 and above).
  • Intel® Core i5 processor
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 or iLok 3 required)
  • USB-port, FireWire-port or Thunderbolt-port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
  • Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools 

Windows:

  • Intel® PC with Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions),
    Windows 8/8.1 64-bit (Standard and Pro Editions) or Windows 10 64-bit (Enterprise, Pro, or Home Editions)
  • Intel® Core i5 processor
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 or iLok 3 required)
  • USB-port or FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
  • Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools


Audio Engineering 2 | CRN 21200

  • June 17 - July 15
  • Course will be work at your own pace, with a scheduled check-in with Hazel for questions
  • Must have Pro Tools 12 and Avid account for this course

Topics Covered: Pro Tools: Recording, Mixing

Prerequisite: Audio Engineering 1 

Audio Engineering 3 | CRN 21201

  • Cancelled for 2020, please check back for 2021 dates

Topics Covered: Pro Tools: Advanced Editing, Post Production and Mastering

Prerequisite: Audio Engineering 1 & 2

Registration

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 commusic@douglascollege.ca or 604 527 5465 for more information.