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Live & Installed Sound (BA)

About Live & Installed Sound (BA)

Well-produced sound is something most people take for granted and may not even notice. Yet all art and media performances rely on it for a meaningful and compelling audience experience. This major blends the study of aesthetics, science and technology to cultivate excellence in performance and installed sound, sought by the event production and system design communities.


About Audio Arts & Acoustics Department

Our Audio Arts & Acoustics programs live at the intersection of science and art. We systematically address the physics of sound production and transmission, the technology of audio equipment, the physiology of hearing, and the psychology of sound perception and cognition for the purpose of understanding and creatively exploring our sonic environment. Through this balance of science, technology, and creativity you will develop strong skills and aural sensibility, and prepare yourself for a successful career in the many fields of audio. You will learn in our state-of-the-art recording studios, post-production suites, research facilities, and specialized classrooms, and be given the tools and experience necessary to craft the soundscapes that enhance our everyday lives.


For Orientation

On Campus: Freshmen Students

The Audio Arts & Acoustics Department is looking forward to welcoming you!


Distance: Freshmen Students

Distance Orientation students admitted to this program are strongly advised to contact the faculty members below prior to their online orientation date. If this is not possible or if we, for some reason, are unable to respond in a timely manner, proceed with your Distance Orientation and do contact us as soon as you arrive to Chicago.

Prior to your Orientation please contact one of the following:

  • • Benj Kanters, MM (bkanters@colum.edu)
  • • Pantelis Vassilakis, PhD (pvassilakis@colum.edu) 

On Campus: Transfer Students

Students transferring into this program may be eligible to transfer course 43-1115 Audio Production I, subject to review on an individual basis. To be considered please submit an audio recording accompanied by a document outlining your role in the production and the equipment/software plug-ins/processes used. If you have also completed courses addressing DAWs and analog signal flow, please submit the relevant syllabus/syllabi and grade(s).

For additional questions, prior to your Orientation, please contact:

  • • Benj Kanters, MM (bkanters@colum.edu)
  • • Pantelis Vassilakis, PhD (pvassilakis@colum.edu) 

Distance: Transfer Students

Distance Orientation students admitted to this program are strongly advised to contact the faculty members, below, prior to their online orientation appointment. If this is not possible or if we, for some reason, are unable to respond in a timely manner, proceed with your Distance Orientation and do contact us as soon as you arrive to Chicago.

Students transferring into this program may be eligible to transfer course 43-1115 Audio Production I, subject to review on an individual basis. To be considered please submit an audio recording accompanied by a document outlining your role in the production and the equipment/software plug-ins/processes used. If you have also completed courses addressing DAWs and analog signal flow, please submit the relevant syllabus/syllabi and grade(s).

Prior to your Orientation please contact:

  • • Benj Kanters, MM (bkanters@colum.edu)
  • • Pantelis Vassilakis, PhD (pvassilakis@colum.edu) 

Strongly Recommended First-Semester Classes

To support timely progress to degree, you must register to the following classes during your first semester:

  • • 43-1110 Introduction to Audio Theory
  • • 43-1115 Audio Production I

In order to register for “Introduction to Audio Theory” your math placement score must qualify you to a) first register in “College Mathematics,” “Liberal Arts Mathematics,” or “Quantitative Reasoning” or b) register in a higher level math course during the first or a future semester.

For more information on taking/submitting your placement exam and on placement score ranges go to www.colum.edu/placement.

If your math placement is below the minimum required scores (e.g. Compass: 34; ACT: 17; SAT: 420), you will need to register in 56-1710 “Basic Math Skills” during your first semester and plan to take “Introduction to Audio Theory” during your second semester.

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