Bachelor of Science in Digital Audio Technology

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Digital Audio Technology introduces students to the broad discipline of music and audio production, from music composition and recording through to digital sound design and interactive audio applications. This highly technical and hands-on program covers principles of sound synthesis, music and acoustics, and applies that theory in collaborative and individual recording and production projects. Students are immersed in a recording studio environment as well as purely digital production pipelines. Projects are often interdisciplinary, with teams of students from different programs at Cogswell working on realistic productions for audio and screen-based projects, in linear and interactive media.


Upon completion, you should:

  • Articulate and apply key audio, musical, and sound design principles and practices
  • Execute individual audio works from concept to delivery according to the industry standards
  • Demonstrate technical skill and efficiency in a range of audio production techniques relevant to a successful career in audio industry
  • Employ diverse aesthetic principles to produce engaging content for audio or multimedia projects
  • Work collaboratively in group projects and demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct in a development team
  • Demonstrate creativity and curiosity through research, analysis and synthesis of information from various sources


Diploma Structure

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Course Highlights

Music Theory Thorough exercise in rudiments of music (major and minor scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords, key signatures, diatonic modes, elements of rhythm, common music notation practices, dynamics and articulations, phrase structure, diatonic chord function). Beginning ear training and harmonic analysis. Beginning solfege, rhythmic studies and keyboard musicianship.
Desktop Production Fundamentals  Introduction to professional desktop audio and music production with hands-on exercises in recording, editing, arranging, mixing, and producing audio and MIDI files in a professional workflow. Topics include an overview of computing basics, managing and processing of media, content creation and rendering audio and video files to disk.
Principles of Room Acoustics Principles of Room Acoustics offers practical knowledge of acoustics that can be applied to the needs of the audio professional. Beginning with the fundamentals of sound such as wavelength and frequency, complex waves, and wave motion, it proceeds to more complex topics, including comb filter effects, reverberation, absorption and modal resonances. The final range of topics addresses the practical aspects of measuring and managing room acoustics, including the use of diffusers, absorptive panels, acoustic isolation and the management of acoustic distortion. The course includes practical exercises and projects to enable an audio professional to address many common problems of room acoustics and to set up an effective space for audio production.
Studio Production 1 Introduction to recording in a studio environment. Use of a digital audio workstation in a studio production environment. Basics of recording and editing.

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