Audio in Media Arts (BA) | Webster University

Audio in Media Arts (BA)


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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This program is offered by the School of Communications/Audio Aesthetics and Technology Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The bachelor of arts degree in audio in media arts is designed for students who are interested in exploring the use of audio in all forms of media. This degree provides students with opportunities that include working with audio for film, television, video, animation, game design and interactive media. While emphasizing audio for forms of visual media, this program also provides opportunities to work with radio, podcasting, live audio and music production. 

Students majoring in audio in media arts cannot have a minor or dual degree in sound recording and engineering.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Chart and update plans for a media-based production project based on a thorough understanding of audio theory, audio technology, sound recording principles and signal flow.
  • Utilize skills in capturing, recording, mixing and finalizing audio on a media-based production project. 
  • Justify aesthetic choices made on, and evaluate the overall creative success of, a media-based production project.
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with artists to produce deliverables consistent with industry standards.

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 55 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

  • AUDI 1110 Audio Technology Lecture (2 hours)
  • AUDI 1120 Audio Technology Lab (2 hours)
  • AUDI 1121 Signals and Systems (3 hours)
  • AUDI 1130 Audio Technology Practicum (2 hours)
  • AUDI 1131 Digital Audio Workstations (3 hours)
  • AUDI 1630 Sound Design for Media (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2110 Professional Development 1 (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2410 On-Set and Field Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2411 Foley and Effects Creation (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2412 Dialog and Voice-Over Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3410 Post Production and Mixing (3 hours)
  • AUDI 4110 Professional Development 2 (3 hours)
  • AUDI 4931 Audio in Media Arts Capstone (1 hour)
  • FTVP 3500 Production House (3 hours)
  • MDST 4950 Internship (3 hours)

A minimum of 6 hours are to be chosen from the following:

  • ANIM XXXX (3 hours)
  • FTVP XXXX (3 hours)
  • GAME XXXX (3 hours)
  • INTM XXXX (3 hours)

A minimum of 9 hours are to be chosen from the following: 

  • AUDI 1111 Two-Channel Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2230 Introduction to Music Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2710 Introduction to Acoustics (3 hours)
  • AUDI 2840 Technical Ear Training 1 (2 hours)
  • AUDI 2841 Technical Ear Training 2 (2 hours)
  • AUDI 3150 Topics (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3210 Audio Facility Management and Operations (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3220 Analog Recording and Technology (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3230 Music Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3310 Live Audio Production 1 (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3311 Live Audio Production 2 (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3599 Independent Study (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3710 Acoustics (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3720 Testing and Troubleshooting (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3840 Technical Ear Training 3 (2 hours)
  • AUDI 4230 Studio Engineering 1 (3 hours)
  • AUDI 4231 Studio Engineering 2 (3 hours)

Emphasis in International Audio Production

The emphasis in international audio production is designed for students with an interest in international language and culture.

Emphasis-Specific Learning Outcomes

In addition to the general learning outcomes for the major, students who complete the emphasis in international audio production will be able to:

  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, with people from another culture using a language not native to the student.
  • Engage in production of audio in media arts in a foreign country, communicating in the native language of that country.

Requirements for the Emphasis in International Audio Production

In addition to the 55 credit hours required by the audio in media arts major, the following is required for the emphasis in
international audio production:

  • Successful completion (with a B or better) of 18 credits in a foreign language. If the student is already proficient in more than one language, a statement by the chair of the Global Languages, Cultures and Societies department confirming that the student meets a reasonable requirement for basic fluency in the chosen language can be used to waive this requirement. (A foreign language is defined as one not native to the student. If English is the second language, then the internship must still take place as defined below).
  • Successful completion of an international audio internship is defined as follows:

    • The internship must be completed outside the student's native country;
    • The internship is in the foreign language in which the student has concentrated (or demonstrated proficiency in);
    • The student receives a grade of B or better in the internship (MDST 4950).