The Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) program is ideal for students interested in understanding the recording, music and entertainment industries from a business, technical and creative standpoint. With in-depth studies encompassing all aspects of recording production, engineering and entertainment business management, the courses in this exciting program strike a balance between a technical and business education. The program provides students with a well-rounded perspective, allowing expanded career pathways into the music, film and broadcast industries, as well as related areas in the entertainment business sector.

Two Year Diploma
Classes Start: September

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  • Graduates earn a Diploma in Professional Sound & Business – Studio Production Major.
  • Full-time, two year program focused on both the business and creative sides of entertainment including the music, film and broadcast industries.
  • Intensive practical experience in the theories and artistic styles used to setup and operate recording equipment for a variety of studio applications.
  • Extensive study and practical hands-on experience in the areas of analog and digital recording technologies, acoustic principles, music production, MIDI and audio signal processing applications.
  • Prepare for a career as an audio engineer for music, film and television post-production and digital media with highly specialized business skills or a career in the business of entertainment with highly specialized audio skills.
  • Incredible opportunities to network and collaborate with students in other Metalworks Institute programs.
  • Our exclusive educational partnership with Metalworks Studios provides students with unprecedented learning environments and networking opportunities.
  • Extensive business networking opportunities derived through our educational partnerships with industry leading companies provide the most up to date information on trends and technologies impacting the entertainment business.
  • All of our full-time diploma programs are approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.
  • Recording Engineering & Recording Studio Techniques
  • Music Production
  • Music Publishing
  • Music Software & Digital Workstation Technologies
  • Audio Post-Production for Film and Television
  • MIDI and Synthesis
  • Entertainment Marketing, Promotion & Publicity
  • Acoustic Principles
  • Business Technologies and Financial Management
  • Music Management: Artist Management and Broadcast Management
  • Music Theory & Applications
  • Music & Culture
  • Intellectual Properties & Entertainment Contract Law
  • Digital Audio
  • Audio Signal Processing Techniques
  • Applicants must have an OSSD or equivalent
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Acceptance to the program is limited and subject to an academic assessment and acceptance interview.
  • It is also expected that applicants demonstrate keen interest in the recording studio industries and entertainment business, and possess creative aptitude and computer literacy.
  • A guide to the application process can be found here.
  • 2 Year Full-Time Program
  • 1920 Hours of Instruction
  • Typical class hours range between 20-22 hours per week
  • 10-12 additional study hours per week are highly recommended

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Courses: Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major)
What is the business of entertainment? What is the relationship between creating music and art, and earning money from that art? What are the elements that make up this industry, and how do they connect and intersect to create the vast array of entertainment content that we watch, hear and see? During this course, students will be introduced to the music, broadcast, motion picture, game and live event industries and their various subsidiaries. Students will examine the nature of intellectual property and copyright, discuss the often conflicting relationship between art and commerce, and examine the relationship between content creators and consumers.
In this course, students will be introduced to the practical applications used in the recording and editing of sound for motion pictures. Students will be introduced to various post-production principles and techniques, and apply that knowledge through hands-on workshop exercises. This course will focus on the practical recording and editing techniques used in sound design, dialogue, sound effects, foley, and music for film, television, video games, and mobile apps.
Our Audio Post Production course will introduce students to the basic principles behind the use of sound in motion pictures, television, video games, and other visual entertainment media. Students will explore the history of sound in movies, and learn the primary terms and concepts in the field of post-production. This course will also introduce students to the skills utilized by the key personnel in the post-production world, such as sound designers, sound editors, dialogue editors, sound effects editors, music editors, and re-recording mixers.
Whether you’re working for a major record company, or managing an independent artist, the ability to effectively communicate via the spoken or written word is an essential ingredient in a successful career. This course will examine the theories and practices behind written and verbal communication skills used by industry professionals. Students will learn the barriers to effective communication, the importance of communication in business and personal relationships, and the skills and techniques needed to deliver information in any medium or environment. This course will also explore the nature of ethics in the business world. Students will examine basic moral and ethical theories, and understand how those theories are applied in the business world. Vital case studies and real-world ethical dilemmas will be examined and discussed, so that students better understand the role of ethics in business and society.
The Music & Culture course will offer students an overview of the key figures, moments and movements over the past century that impacted our culture. Along with music, this course will also introduce students to the evolution of art, literature, film, television, and other outlets for our culture, explore the connection between the various media styles and genres, and discuss how the past has informed the present, and future, of art, music and culture.
The Digital Audio Workshop introduces students to the practical skills of recording and editing music using digital applications, and builds on the theoretical knowledge gained in the Digital Technologies course. Students will hone and develop their recording skills using digital technologies, and will undertake a comprehensive exploration of Pro Tools, and the techniques involved in recording and editing music on a Digital Audio Workstation.
In this course, students are presented with a core understanding of sound and recording in today’s digital environment. Students are introduced to digital audio basics, hardware, software, and interfaces, through a combination of class lectures, and in-class exercises and demonstrations.
This course allows students to learn and develop the skills required to obtain meaningful employment within the music and entertainment industries. Students will be introduced to basic job search skills and strategies such as resume writing, networking, and the development of life and career goals. Through the use of practical assignments and in-class exercises, students will learn to enhance their marketability, and develop the tools needed to seek out and secure employment within the entertainment industry. This course will also explore both current and potential employment opportunities within the entertainment industries.
The changing nature of this business of music demands that today’s aspiring managers, executives and entrepreneurs have a keen understanding of essential accounting and financial management practices and principles. This course will provide students with an overview of core economic theories, as well as vital personal financial management practices. Students will be given a fundamental overview of accounting, and learn how to de-mystify and understand basic accounting terms such as balance sheets, journals, financial statements, taxation, cost behavior, and the accounting cycle. Our Financial Principles course will also provide students with the tools required to create and manage a small business, and the best practices used by top entertainment executives and entrepreneurs.
The continuing growth of today’s DIY music industry has placed even greater importance on understanding the legal ramifications of copyright laws, and the various contracts and agreements used in this industry. This course will introduce students to important concepts in intellectual property and copyright law, such as licensing, infringement, and ownership, so that students may better understand how to protect and monetize their songs and recordings. Students will learn the basics of contracts and contract law, and discuss some of the standard contracts used in business and employment settings. Through prominent case studies and examples, students will also explore various entertainment industry agreements, such as those used in the film and sports industries, and standard contracts used in music, such as recording contracts, producer agreements, and live performance agreements.
The MIDI & Synthesis workshop will build upon the theoretical and creative principles of synthesizers, synthesis and MIDI protocol gained through the MIDI and Synthesis course. Students are introduced to the use of synthesizers, and the creative application of keyboards, hardware and software as they apply to songwriting and producing music.
One of the more profound changes in the music industry over the past decade or more is the shift towards do-it-yourself music production and marketing. Creating the music is just one step for the artist; the next, crucial step is knowing how to take that music and present it to the world. Our Marketing, Promotion and Publicity course provides students with the tools and knowledge to market and promote music in today’s online, digital environment. The course begins with the foundation of marketing basics, allowing students to learn the 4 P’s of marketing, target marketing, brand positioning, market segmentation, and pricing strategies. From there, our course will examine how those core marketing practices are applied in the entertainment industries, namely film, television, digital media, and of course, music.  Finally, we will discuss the roles of publicity and promotion in the music marketing mix, and learn the tools used by today’s music marketers to publicize and promote music via traditional media, such as radio, as well as online.
In this course, students will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of synthesizers, synthesis and the MIDI protocol. Students will learn the history of MIDI and synthesizers, understand the terminology associated with both, and understand the practical applications of keyboards, synthesizers, and MIDI hardware and software.
Today’s music business is not your parent’s music business. The World Wide Web and digital technologies have led to an evolution in the music industry, where inspired artists and entrepreneurs are utilizing those new technologies to create, market and distribute their music. Our Music Business course will offer students a comprehensive introduction to the business of music, and the often-complicated relationships between music, technology and consumers. We will begin by examining the fundamental clash between art and commerce, and understanding the value of music as commodity. This course will then examine the roles of the artist and songwriter, and the vital people and organizations that support music creators, including music publishers, record labels, managers, agents, promoters and publicists. Through case studies and real-world examples, students will discuss management, publishing and recording agreements, and examine key statistical data and analytics used within the music industry. Finally, students will also explore the methods, technologies and new revenue streams involved in the digital distribution of music.
In our Music for Media course, students will be introduced to the techniques used by composers to create original music for visual media, such as films, television programs, or video games. Students will be presented with the terms and terminology used by score composers, and be introduced to some of the key composers and compositions in the film, television and video game worlds.
The success of any artist in today’s music industry requires the skills and expertise of a number of key support personnel, beginning with the artist manager. This course will begin by examining core business management theories and practices, and how those concepts are applied to the world of music. Students will discuss the role of artist managers, the relationship between artists and managers, and artist management agreements. Prominent, real-world examples will be offered to illustrate the good and bad of artist-manager relationships. This course will also explore the other important members of the artist’s team, including agents, lawyers, business managers, publicists and promoters. Students will also learn the fundamentals of event planning and management, skills to be utilized in the production of a live student event. Our Music Management course will also provide an overview of radio and broadcast management, and allow students to better understand the inner workings of radio stations and important broadcast terms and terminology.
What is the role of the music producer? What does a music producer really do? This course will delve into the technical, creative and business responsibilities of record producers. Students will discuss the importance of communication in the studio, and examine the various creative, business and management responsibilities of the producer. This course will also provide students with a primer on today’s top music producers, and a discussion of the changing role of the producer throughout modern music history.
The Music Theory course will provide a broad overview of the basic and advanced elements of music theory and composition. Students are introduced to music notation, structure, terms and symbols, chord structures and scales, and will use and apply that knowledge through practical exercises to compose music. Students will also learn the key concepts of harmony and arranging, and apply those concepts to their own songs and compositions via practical exercises.
This course will offer students a hands-on, practical overview of the common desktop software applications used in the music business. Students will be introduced to basic word processing software, and learn how to create and manage documents. Students will then be introduced to databases and spreadsheet software, and apply that knowledge to the presentation and analysis of financial and statistical data. This course will also introduce students to visual presentation software applications, and provide students with the skills to create dynamic visual presentations. Students will also learn core fundamentals of website planning, design, and maintenance, and other online business tools.
Resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors…? The study of electricity and electronics involves a sizeable menu of terms and terminology that can leave many people baffled. Our Principles of Electricity & Electronics course will provide students with a step-by-step introduction to those basic terms and concepts, which are vitally important to anyone working in the live events industry. Students will learn about electric charges, electromagnetic fields, electric currents, circuits and fields, and how electricity is used in the live event industry. Our course will explore analog and digital electronics, including the basic circuits found in most electronic instruments. In the end, students will be well-versed in the meaning and use of resistors, capacitors, inductors and transistors.
Being a good audio engineer or producer goes beyond microphones, consoles and digital editing. Being a good engineer also means being able to understand the fundamental properties of sound and acoustics, and how acoustics affect the quality of sound in a studio or live environment. In this course, students will learn how sound works, why we hear what we hear, and how our ears receive and conceive sounds. This exploration of sound will involve a comprehensive overview of physics, allowing students to understand the important principles of acoustics, wave propagation, and auditory perception.
What is the difference between sound and noise? What is it that makes some sounds more pleasurable than others? How does our brain process what our ears hear? Our Psychoacoustics course delves into these and other questions surrounding the subjective human perception of sound. Effectively, it is the study of the psychology of acoustical perception. During the course, students will be introduced to the concepts of psychoacoustics in music, music and psyche, cymatics and the therapeutic use of sound and music in the healing of the body and mind.
In this course, students will experience the fundamentals of recording, and come to understand the important theoretical, technical, creative and artistic principles of sound. Students will explore the use of microphones, the fundamentals of recording studio equipment, the use of consoles, and the proper protocols and etiquette required in the studio. Students will also learn of microphone placement, signal paths, and the varying studio environments, both live and broadcast. By the end of this course, students should have the requisite skills and knowledge to regard themselves as professional recording engineers.
This course will allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they gain in the Recording Engineering course in a practical, hands-on setting. Students will apply their knowledge of microphones, signal flow, recording studio gear and consoles, and recording studio etiquette, and apply that knowledge and skill-set in a proper recording studio environment. As they develop their skills and experience in the studio, students will begin acting and thinking as professional recording engineers.
What is a hit song? What are the elements that go into a successful, popular song? Our Songwriting Analysis course will offer students insight into the techniques used by top songwriters to craft memorable and popular songs. Students will examine an array of popular songs for their lyrical content, melodies, chord progressions, rhythm, form, arrangement, and production styles, to better understand what makes a popular, marketable and memorable song.

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