Electronic Production and Design

The student majoring in electronic production and design will master the musical and creative use of electronic production and sound design tools and technologies. Working in professional-level, 5.1-equipped studios, classroom/labs, and performance spaces, students will study electronic composition/production, synthesizer programming, sound design techniques, interactive performance systems, digital signal processing, audio programming, alternate controllers, music with integrated visuals, and more. 

Through classroom emphasis on musicianship, creativity, knowledge of concepts, and technical expertise, as well as close interaction with faculty and visiting artists, students will develop a unique aesthetic vision. Instruction emphasizes deep knowledge of technologies used in electronic music and sound design, and styles of musical expression in an effort to develop an individual creative identity. The electronic production and design curriculum also provides a solid foundation for continued learning and effective performance in a profession that is constantly changing and evolving.

Entrance Requirements

Electronic production and design is a capped major with a separate application process. Each student completes an application form, submits an essay and CD with original music, and interviews with the chair or a full-time faculty member. The chair and full-time faculty have a selections meeting following the conclusion of all interviews. Acoustics (LMSC-208 or LMSC-209) must be taken prior to the first courses in the major. 

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of a major in electronic production and design, students will:

  1. Analyze the properties of complex sound;
  2. Develop unique critical listening and assessment skills;
  3. Understand synthesizer functions and signal flow;
  4. Master a variety of synthesizer programming paradigms including subtractive, additive, FM, sampling, granular, and others;
  5. Apply studio technologies and techniques including signal flow, recording, editing, and mixing;
  6. Master MIDI and audio production technologies and techniques;
  7. Create innovative music using a palette of original synthesized timbres;
  8. Design audio elements for visuals;
  9. Design and use interactive MIDI, audio, and visual performance and production environments;
  10. Perform electronic music live;
  11. Design, build, and use hardware and software alternate controllers;
  12. Code audio software; and
  13. Synthesize a historical perspective on electronic instrument innovation and design, musical literature, and pioneers in the field.
Required Courses

30 credits for the major:

  • EP-220: Studio Technologies
  • EP-223: Modular Functions and Signal Flow
  • EP-225: Control Systems in Electronic Production
  • EP-320: Digital Mix Techniques
  • EP-321: Control Systems in Advanced Production
  • EP-322: Advanced Sound Design Techniques
  • EP-341: Programming Interactive Audio Software and Plugins in Max/MSP
  • EP-381: Digital Audio Production and Design
  • EP-401: Advanced Seminar
  • EP-491: Advanced Projects in Electronic Production and Design
  • 10 credits of Approved Specified Electives