Audio Engineering Programs

Douglas College, located in Metro Vancouver, offers a full-time two-year diploma in audio engineering, as well as part-time non-credentialed training.

Music Technology Full Time diploma program  

The full time Music Technology Diploma program provides two years of training resulting in a diploma that can be transferred to university. You'll get the hands-on training you need in audio engineering, music production, game audio and live sound, for less than $5000 a year. Find out more about the Music Technology Diploma program

Part Time Continuing Education

The part time program is specifically designed to equip you with the right attitudes and skills required to work professionally in the audio/music industry. Courses are offered evenings and weekends at the New Westminster campus.

Audio Engineering 1, 2, 3

In these three sequential courses, students learn how to set-up and operate recording equipment. Instruction will focus on the components in the audio chain including microphones, cables and connectors, consoles, equalizers, compressors, amplifiers, speakers and more. Some of the concepts covered are: gain structure in audio systems; psycho-acoustics and the human ear; room acoustics and the principles of sound including, amplitude, frequency, harmonic content, wavelength, envelope, velocity and phase.

Throughout the courses students gain hands-on experience through a thorough teaching of methods that can lead to a career as a music producer and/or audio engineer. Students learn the basics of recording and engineering in a digital multi-track studio with industry standard recording equipment and techniques that include: microphone selection and placement for instruments and voice; as well as signal routing and operation of analog and digital consoles, hardware processors and software plug-ins. Professional gear by SSL Roland, Yamaha, Focusrite, Avalon, Millenia, Tannoy, Urie, Lexicon, Tascam, Genelec, AKG, Shure, Audio Technica, Alesis, TC Electronics, Digidesign, Sony, and other manufacturers will be used by students during the course.

Practical recording exercises with many instruments including drums, bass, guitars, keys, pianos and vocals, occur throughout the class and culminate in recording sessions with musicians/bands. Two songs will be recorded and mixed providing students with valuable experience. All students participate in the studio sessions and creation of the finished recordings.

Completion of Audio 1 can be used as preparation for the Douglas College Music Technology Diploma program.  Ideal for those interested in an introduction to recording engineering technology. Ages 14+. 

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Audio Engineering 1 

Topics Covered: Pro Tools:  Fundamentals of Audio Theory, Editing Audio and Mixing (Equalization, Compression, Reverb, Mixing, Automation)

Prerequisite: Previous experience is not necessary. 

Dates: TBA

Instructor: Hazel Fairbairn

Fee: $550.00

Audio Engineering 1 & 2 will take place online. Students should plan to be online for class time listed for 60 - 90 minute instruction (from 5:30 - 7:00pm). Remaining time is project work and feedback/one to one assistance.

For Audio Engineering 1 & 2, students  required purchase a subscription for Pro Tools Ultimate for the duration. Prior to purchase, please ensure your computer meets the Software and Hardware Requirements.


Audio Engineering 2 

Topics Covered: Pro Tools: Advanced Editing, Music Production, Midi, Sound Synthesis and Sampling, Third Party Plug ins. 

Prerequisite: Audio Engineering 1 

Dates: TBA

Instructor: Hazel Fairbairn

Fee: $550.00

Audio Engineering 1 & 2 will take place online. Students should plan to be online for class time listed for 60 - 90 minute instruction (from 5:30 - 7:00pm). Remaining time is project work and feedback/one to one assistance.

For Audio Engineering 1 & 2, students  required purchase a subscription for Pro Tools Ultimate for the duration. Prior to purchase, please ensure your computer meets the Software and Hardware Requirements.


Audio Engineering 3 

Topics Covered: Pro Tools: Recording, Microphone selection and placement for instruments and voice, Signal routing and operation of (SSL) Console, hardware processors and outboard.

Prerequisite: Audio Engineering 1 & 2

Dates: TBA

Instructor: Hazel Fairbairn

Fee: $550.00


To Register: 

Registration is available Online or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 604 527 5472. Please tell the Registrar’s Office that you are registering for a non-credit course through the Community Music School.  

To register, you will need your Douglas College student number and the CRN for the course: CRNs TBA

Registration

Please contact the Reg Office (604-527-5472) or visit the Registration page with the CRN(s) of the course(s) you wish to register for. Contact the Community Music School at commusic@douglascollege.ca or 604 527 5465 for more information.