Bachelor Electronic & production design

Does technology excite you? Do you love the thought of creating sounds and textures from scratch? Are you at home creating on your laptop? Can you see yourself programming your own interactive application? Does the thought of producing the next hit beat sound like your dream career? EP& D might be for you!

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Majors 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 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 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.

The Ideal EP&D Student:
  • is attentive to details
  • has an ear for creating sounds from scratch (sound design)
  • is excited about music production
  • is open to music of all styles, genres and influences
  • has an interest in acoustics and electronics
  • loves to perform as much as they like being behind the scenes

Explore various techniques for synthesis and sound design in one of eight technology labs. You will be able to explore the boundaries of your creativity and technical facility through classes in Max/MSP programming. Practise your DJ skills in our Turn-table labs. EP&D Majors will also be able to explore incorporating the sights and sounds of Gabon and various African Cultures in their work. The state-of-the-art studio complex, designed by world-renown acoustical engineer, Francis Mazella, is where you will put the finishing touches on your compositions and beats.

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of this major, students will:

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

All students complete Core Music courses such asKeyboard Fundamentals; Courses in Harmony and Theory; Arranging; Ear Training, Private Instruction; Ensembles and Labs specific to their instrument or areas of interest.

Students also complete courses in Liberal Arts: Music History; English Writing; Creativity Seminar, Introduction to Music Technology; Acoustics; Professional Development and electives.

The Concentrate courses for the Electronic Music and Production Major include: Modular Functions and Signal Flow; Studio Technologies; Control Systems in Electronic Production; Digital Mix Techniques; Sound Design; Interactive Programming; Digital Audio Production and Design; Seminar Class; Direction in Advanced Projects and various electives.

EP&D Majors go on to become:
  • Sound Designers;
  • Digital Audio Editors;
  • Performers;
  • Studio Musicians;
  • Synthesists;
  • Composers;
  • Arrangers;
  • MIDI Pre-producers;
  • Jingle Writers;
  • Educators;
  • Consultants;
  • Multimedia Developers;
  • Product Representatives;
  • Computer Music Researchers and more.

A short summary of the Bachelor Electronic Production & Design in an infography:

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