Live Audio and Lighting A.A.S. Degree

Live Audio and Lighting
A.A.S. Degree

Program Description:
The Live Audio and Lighting A.A.S. degree prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the entertainment industry. It provides skills necessary to work with touring entertainers and audio/lighting companies in the set up and operation of live concert productions.

Learn the ins and outs of how to setup, calibrate, engineer, tear down, and repair cutting edge live audio sound systems for concert venues. Students will gain experience running sound for actual concert performances.

Additionally, students will learn how to program and synchronize light shows to enhance the concert experience. Our state-of-the-art programmable IQ intelligent lighting system and our top-tier concert sound system with digital mixing console will expose students to practical, hands-on experience solving acoustic problems on the fly and maximizing the listening experience in a concert setting.

Employment Opportunities:

Front of House Sound Engineer
Lighting Designer/Programmer
Monitor Mixing Engineer
Road Hand

Semester Hours:
Total Credits: 67 credits


Fall Semester I                                                                          Prerequisite
EIT 100 - History of Rock & Roll                                                  RDG094
EIT 101 - Introduction To Entertainment                                    RDG094
EIT 151 - Digital Audio Workstation                                            None
ELC 122 - Direct Current/Alternating Current Circuit Analysis      None
BUS 101 or MAT 101 or Above                                                    MAT086 & MAT092

Spring Semester II                                                                     Prerequisite
CIS 120 – Survey of Computer Information Systems                   RDG094
EIT 120 - Entertainment Law                                                     EIT101
EIT 130 – Live Audio Production I                                               EIT101
EIT 140 - Introduction to Lighting                                               EIT101
COM 100 - Fundamentals of Human Communication                   RDG 094
Physical Education                                                                      None

Summer Term                                                                            Prerequisite
ENG101 - English Composition III                                               RDG094
PSY101 - Introduction to Psychology                                           RDG094

Fall Semester III                                                                         Prerequisite
EIT 221 - Entertainment Marketing & Promotion                          EIT120                    
EIT 241 - Concert Lighting                                                           EIT140
EIT 242 – Rigging                                                                        EIT140
EIT 296 - Entertainment Internship                                             Approval of Coordinator
CBA210 - Web Development Tools                                                CIS120

Spring Semester IV                                                                      Prerequisite
BUS 122 - Small Business Management                                        RDG094
EIT 232 - Equipment Maintenance                                                None
EIT 231 – Live Audio Production II                                                EIT130
EIT 203 - Entertainment Capstone Project                                    Approval of Coordinator
Physical and Biological Science - 100 Level or Higher                      RDG094

Other Requirements:
• Reading Competency: RDG 094 College Reading
• Cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC

1. Differentiate between the prominent rock styles from 1950 to present.
2. Describe, define, and compare careers in the music industry including specialization tracks and job titles. 
3. Explain contract law pertaining to the entertainment industry.
4. Conduct basic sound reinforcement tasks for a variety of events.
5. Program and operate a standard computerized lighting control console.
6. Create a recording project using Pro-Tools.
7. Assess an internship experience in relation to previous course work, completed contract(s), and future employment opportunities.
8. Present a completed project to the faculty advisor, committee, and/or public forum evaluation as appropriate, in accordance with established methodology, rubric(s), and guidelines.
9. Develop a self-promotion package.
10. Create and maintain a quality house sound mix and multi-channel monitor mix for a variety of reinforcement situations.
11. Determine problems and solutions in professional live audio and stage lighting systems, as well as anticipate possible problems and create processes to minimize problems occurring. 
12. Devise color into a carefully documented light plot for a CAC Creative Arts concert or EIT event that reflects the physiological, time of day, dramatic, historical, landscape/cityscape, and/or mixing effects of color and the director’s notes.


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