Channel a world of sound.
Sound resonates through every aspect of our lives – at home and at work, in the streets and in our cars, on our media devices and with each other. It can make us dance, smile, cry and remember. So many human experiences that stimulate us have a sonic aspect that enhances the drama and emotion of that event. In some situations, sound cues can literally save a life.
The Sound Recording & Production (SRP) program at CNA offers you the skills to harness and capture those waves of sound that dance around us (musical and otherwise). With us, you learn how to shape and transform audio signals with mixing consoles and use audio production software (DAWs) and processing tools to weave beautiful sonic tapestries. We teach you to explore the various environments and delivery methods for telling a story across a variety of live and virtual media (music, web, TV/video, broadcast, animations, gaming, live sound production and more).
Whether you want to work at the world’s top recording studios and broadcast facilities or tour with successful artists, the SRP program will help you master the mix of skills you need to start on that journey. If you simply want to learn these tools and techniques to improve your own projects, or if you want to run your own business, we’ll provide the training and sound advice for success!
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- Mentorship with faculty who are multi-award-winning musicians, artist managers and audio engineers.
- Extensive practical training in studio recording, live sound reinforcement, digital audio workstations, processing tools, mixing, mastering, sound for visual media and much more.
- Essential training in stage lighting, electronics, and acoustics.
- Studies in music business, entrepreneurialism, and career management.
- Engagement with industry experts and professional organizations.
- Collaborative projects with other arts programs such as Applied Music, Video Game Art & Design, Journalism, Digital Animation and Digital Video Production, among others.
- Collaborative projects with community businesses, non-profits, and individuals, providing real-world, hands-on experience.
- A plethora of up-to-date hardware and software to ensure you can use modern tools upon program completion.
- SRP graduates have toured the globe with international touring acts.
- SRP instructors are industry experts who remain active and tapped into the music and recording industry.
- Students and graduates have been recognized with a multitude of provincial and regional music awards.
- SRP students have provided sound for many live events, conferences and awards shows with various local, regional, and national partners, including the ECMA and JUNO awards.
- Canada’s recording and music marketplace has reached a new major milestone – for the first time, Canadians are streaming more than two billion songs a week.
- The global revenue of the recorded music industry reached over US$23 billion in 2020.
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Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Explain the concept of sound, including its generation, transmission and effects, and apply that knowledge to select appropriate tools for its capture in a myriad of situations.
- Analyze sound and lighting equipment requirements for live sound events, prep and connect all required equipment and use the equipment successfully in running the event from a technical perspective.
- Intelligently speak the language of music when interacting with musicians in live sound and recording environments.
- Demonstrate proficiency in Digital Audio Workstation applications, including editing and signal processing.
- Apply logic and deductive reasoning to fix problems.
- Demonstrate proficiency in analog signal processing required by clients in any field of music, video production, video game design, feature film and live sound industries.
- Demonstrate safe working practices in lighting and various sound production environments.
- Use entrepreneurial and personal finance skills to help establish recording studios and live sound companies, and run these operations successfully.
- Negotiate standard working contracts.
- Demonstrate competencies in writing technical documents.
Graduates of the Sound Recording & Production program can find work as the following in their appropriate venues: Production Mixer, Boom Operator, Production Sound Assistant, Sound Transfer Operator, Dialogue Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Music Editor, Assistant Sound Editor, ADR/Sound Effects Mixer, Music Mixer, Re-recording Mixer (Film Mixer), Sound Designer, Front of House Mixer, Monitor Mixer, System Technician, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Tracking Engineer, Music Producer, Foley Artist and On-Air Production (Radio).
1. High School
Provincial High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average in eight level 3000 credits or equivalent including:
i. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science Transition Certificate with the following courses:
Math Fundamentals MA1040
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business-Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile) including the following courses:
Mathematics 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.
1) Students who do not meet the entrance requirements as a result of their Mathematics courses and grades should explore options that may be available to them through the Comprehensive Arts & Science (CAS) Transition – Mathematics courses.
2) Within the program, particularly for MM2340
, as well as for moving forward in this career, students will need a pair of professional, closed back headphones with a 1/4" connector.