Audio Production and Technology—Courses

Sound

PH 1090 - The Physics Behind Music

Physics concepts and methods associated with musical instruments, musical recording, and musical acoustics are discussed at an introductory level. Topics include periodic motion, normal modes and resonance, superposition and Fourier series, waves, sound and acoustics, magnetism and electromagnetic induction, and topics from non-linear physics. Course is also offered online on demand in spring and summer semesters.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1031(C) or MA 1032(C)

PH 1091 - The Physics Behind Music Lab

A companion hands-on lab course covering topics from PH1090.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1090(C)

FA 1662 - Introduction to Audio Production

An introduction to hands-on creative and technical work in sound. Work covers script analysis, story telling approaches, dialog direction and editing, sound effect and ambiance design, music integration and DAW based mixing.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 1664 - Introduction to Music Mixing

A hands-on introduction to mixing music with emphasis on the support of musical principles and style. Students develop a technical understanding and practice the manipulation of volume, frequency, dynamics, pitch, and time to support the focus, rhythm, melody, and mood of a wide variety of musical styles.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 1702 - Lighting and Sound Technology

Overview of the basics of theatrical lighting, stage electrics, audio systems, and techniques for theatrical production. Focus on practical application of static and automated lighting for a theatrical production, including instrumentation and control. Introduction to live sound reinforcement, recording, and complex playback.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

FA 3730 - Sound Design

Introduction to designing sound through design projects. Focuses on fundamental technical understanding, practical design presentation techniques, specific drafting conventions, exploration of sound equipment, designer/ director/artist relationships, script analysis and design concepts, and design history.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1662 and FA 1664 and FA 1702

FA 3731 - Live Sound Design Intensive

Students design, install, program, run, and record a major live production. Sound will be an essential part of the story telling experience requiring a close relationship with the actors and extensive integration with other design elements.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1662 and FA 1664 and FA 1702 and FA 2662 and FA 3730

FA 3740 - Recording

Learning in the art of the recording engineer. Students develop an understanding of pop and classical recording approaches, skills to decide which approach is appropriate for a given task, and the technical knowledge necessary to implement the chosen approach.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology
Co-Requisite(s): FA 3741
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1662 and FA 1664 and FA 1702

FA 3975 - Portfolio Development

Techniques for building a professional design and technical portfolio for the theatre and entertainment industry. The final result of the course will be a portfolio of all work to date.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

FA 4740 - Transducer Theory

In depth study of Microphone and Loudspeaker design as it applies to usage in recording and live sound reinforcement with an emphasis on interaction with the acoustical environment.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Sound Design, Audio Production & Technology
Co-Requisite(s): FA 4741
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 1702 and FA 2662 and FA 3730 and PH 1090

FA 4741 - Transducer Theory Lab

Laboratory to practice the application of loudspeaker and microphone principles. Designed to be taken concurrently with FA4740 Transducer Theory.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Sound Design, Audio Production & Technology
Co-Requisite(s): FA 4740

Music

FA 2500 - Music Theory I

Reinforcement of music fundamentals, including musical notation; major, minor scales; intervals; triads; rhythm; and an introduction to musical analysis. Provides rudimentary ear training. Introduces music writing, both manual and with notation software.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 2501 - Basic Musicianship: Skill Acquisition in Music Reading, Sight-Singing, and Ear-Training

Skill acquisition in music reading, sight-singing, keyboard harmony and ear-training. Provides an introduction to melodic and rhythmic solfege systems. Class should be taken before or concurrently with FA2500.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 2570 - Music Lessons for Brass, Woodwind, String, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Voice, Guitar

Professional private music instruction on brass, woodwind, string, piano, guitar, voice, and harp. Concert grand harp available on campus. Guitar rentals available from instructor. One semester may be counted toward General Education co-curricular requirements.
Credits: 0.5; May be repeated; Graded Pass/Fail Only
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FA 3501 - Conducting and Interpretation

Fluency in reading, analyzing, and interpreting orchestral, band, and choral music scores; principles and techniques of conducting a music ensemble; live conducting experiences with music ensembles; in-depth analysis of live and recorded classical, jazz, and rock music; fundamentals of musicianship.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2500

FA 3560 - Music History

Developments in western classical music from the 1770s to 1970s in Europe and America. Includes a brief examination of Baroque music. Concentrates on music, style, aesthetics, culture, and biographies of major composers from the Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth-Century periods.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Theatre and Film

FA 1701 - Backstage Technology

Overview of the basic techniques, theories, and terminology of technical theatre. Focus on practical application of stagecraft and rigging for a theatrical production, safety in technical theatre, physical theatre structures, production processes, and theatre organization.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

HU 2324 - Introduction to Film

Focuses on film narration and style within social, cultural, and historical contexts. Emphasizes critical engagement with film through discussion, presentations, and written analysis. May include small video production projects and opportunities to interact with filmmakers and industry professionals.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

FA 2701 - Drafting for the Entertainment Industry

Basics of hand drafting conventions and standards used in the entertainment industry. Focus on design and technical techniques for views such as: ground plans, elevations, sections, detail drawings, orthographic projections, scale perspective drawings. Introduces industry-specific CAD programs.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer

FA 3880 - Readings in Dramatic Literature

An examination of dramatic literature with an emphasis on theatre production. Students will examine a selection of plays each semester. Students can repeat the course up to four times; each semester examines different plays.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 4
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

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HU 3820 - Interpersonal Communication

Examines practices and issues of relational communication and encourages critical awareness of common assumptions. Topics include verbal and nonverbal cues, conflict models, friendship, intimacy, and the interpersonal significance of race, gender, class, and disability.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3840 - Organizational Communication

An approach to understanding organizations in their socio-historical contexts from a variety of theoretical perspectives in communication. Explores meanings, roles, relations, interactions, and structures from a communication perspective.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3120 - Technical and Professional Communication

A study of written and oral communication in technical and scientific environments; emphasizes audience, writing processes, genres of scientific and technical discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral report(s). Computer Intensive.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

BUS 2200 - Business Law

Provides an understanding of the legal basis of contracts and their enforcement in the areas of general contracts, contracts of commercial sales and of agency, and commercial paper.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FA 3650 - Stage Management

Procedures and skills for effective stage management of theatrical productions, including coordination of performers and technicians during rehearsal and performance periods. Instruction in stage manager's notation used for blocking, scene shifts, and cues for lighting, sound, special effects, and performers.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

MGT 3650 - Intellectual Property Management

Covers principles of intellectual property lawy, addressing managerial and policy issues in copyright, trademark, trade secret, and patents. Readings and discussions also cover how these property and legal systems impact the balance between property exclusivity, technological innovation and public access.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

MGT 3800 - Entrepreneurship

Covers management issues associated with establishing a successful new enterprises as a small businesses or part of an existing firm. Emphasizes learning through creation of a business plan as well as case studies that develop an understanding of opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial teams, reward systems, financing alternatives, family ventures, ethical and legal contractual considerations, and resource needs.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

MIS 2000 - IS/IT Management

Focuses on the theory and application of the information-systems discipline within an organizational context, and identifies the roles of management, users, and information systems professionals. Covers the use of information systems and implications for decision support to improve business processes, and addresses the ethical, legal, and social issues of IT.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
Pre-Requisite(s): BUS 1100 or CS 1121 or CS 1131 or ENG 1101 or (ENG 1001 and ENG 1100) or SAT 1200

MKT 3000 - Principles of Marketing

Emphasizes decisions made in developing both strategic and tactical marketing plans. Uses computer simulations, experiential learning assignments, and marketing plan development to demonstrate principles of market segmentation, product development, pricing, distribution planning, and promotion.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

Professional Engagement

FA 2663 - Career Development

Provides students the opportunity to attend professional events which contribute to the development of their careers. Students will experience seminars, workshops, performance opportunities, competitions, and may perform services and interact with professionals at such events as KCACTF, AES, USITT, and URTA.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sound Design, Theatre & Entertain Tech (BS), Theatre & Electr. Media Perf., Audio Production & Technology

FA 3663 - Professional Presentation

Provides students the opportunity to present at professional events which contribute to the development of their careers. Students will prepare and present design, technical, or performance projects, papers, and/or posters to be viewed and critiqued by professionals at such events as KCACTF, AES, USITT, and URTA.
Credits: 1.0; Repeatable to a Max of 4
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 3700(C) or FA 3730(C) or FA 3750(C) or FA 3760(C)

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