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 designed to introduce the skills required to work professionally in the audio/music industry, or to set up a home studio to pursue your own creative projects. 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 and audio software. 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, learning 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, which is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in production, recording and sound engineering. Ages 14+. 



Audio Engineering 1 (CRN 21431)

Topics Covered: Pro Tools:  Fundamentals of Audio Theory, Editing Audio and Mixing (Equalization, Compression, Reverb, Mixing, Automation) Midi, Sound Synthesis and Sampling, Third Party Plug ins. 

Prerequisite: Previous experience is not necessary. 

Dates & Location for Summer 2022: 

Thursday, May 19

Thursday, May 26

Thursday,  June 2

Thursday, June 9

Thursday, June 16

*All from 5:30-9:30pm in New Westminster Campus Studio B (N3221 & N3219) and Lab N3220.

Instructor: Hazel Fairbairn

Fee: $550.00


Audio Engineering 2 (CRN 21432)

Topics Covered: Pro Tools: Recording, Microphone selection and placement for instruments and voice, Signal routing and operation of (SSL) Console, hardware processors and outboard.

Prerequisite: Audio Engineering 1 

Dates & Location for Summer 2022: 

Thursday, June 23

Thursday, June 30

Thursday, July 7

Thursday, July 14

Thursday,  July 21

*All from 5:30-9:30pm in New Westminster Campus Studio B (N3221 & N3219) and Lab N3220.

Instructor: Hazel Fairbairn

Fee: $550.00


Audio Engineering 3 - details coming soon!

Topics Covered: Pro Tools: Advanced Mixing, Editing, Music Production, Post Production.

Prerequisite: Audio Engineering 1 & 2

Dates: TBA

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $550.00


To Register: 

Registration is available Online or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 604 527 5472. Please tell the Registrar’s Office that you are registering for a non-credit course through the Community Music School.  

To register, you will need your Douglas College student number and the CRN for the course: 

Audio Engineering 1 - 21431

Audio Engineering 2 - 21432

Audio Engineering 3 - TBA

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.