Webster University's audio education combines a practical approach with history and theory, ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to work in any field of the audio industry. BA in Audio in Media Arts students will learn about audio as it relates to all media, and they will work with professional-grade equipment. Audio in Media Arts majors and minors produce music recordings, radio spots, run live sound for concerts, learn sound design and mix audio for video and film throughout their time at Webster.
Webster students often complete internships as part of their audio production degree and they have earned internships at major recording studios, sound reinforcement companies and radio stations across the country. The faculty are professionals working in their field as well as educators.
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Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.
Learn Creative and Technical Skills
Webster's Bachelor of Arts 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.
Add an Emphasis in International Audio Production
This program is designed for students with an interest in international language and culture, and includes completion of an international audio internship. Students who complete the program 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.
Successful Alumni with a Degree in Audio Production Include:
- Bruce Buechner, audio engineer for Snoop Dogg, Ruben Studdard, Christina Milan, Lil Jon, Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige.
- Matt "Buster" Allen, audio engineer for Garth Brooks.
- Brian Barrale, Los Angeles-based composer and arranger for "Aliens of the Deep," "Heart of the Beholder," and "Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch."
- Chelsea (VandeDrink) Crutcher, recording engineer for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Add the Audio in Media Arts Minor to Your Degree
Designed for students outside the department who wish to study audio with a focus on media production, students will learn to:
- Mix a sound design for a visual media-based project at an intermediate level.
- Operate boom microphone and record on a film shoot.
- Create Foley effects in synch with motion picture.
- Capture, edit and manipulate a collection of vocal performance recordings to produce a usable dialog track.
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