Academics Recording Arts AAS in Recording Arts

AAS in Recording Arts


You find them at the helm of the sound board at concerts and live events. They are weaving soundscapes for video games and other interactive media. They’re hard at work in the recording studio capturing and mixing music.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Recording Arts will provide you with the foundation to capture, create, mix, and manipulate audio. At Flashpoint’s school of audio engineering in Chicago, you’ll study sound design, music engineering, live event production, and audio post-production—a curriculum designed to give you the skills to build a career in this high-volume industry.

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Are you the type of person who:
  • Can’t live without sound? Is fascinated by how it works, and how to capture it, mix it, and manipulate it? Listens with a critical ear?
  • Dreams of recording and mixing music, running sound for live performances, or working with sound for film, games and commercials?
  • Is interested in pursuing a degree in music production and launching a career in music engineering, live sound, or sound design?
  • Can solve problems and communicate well? Recording arts professionals need to be able to think on their feet, and work effectively in a team with peers, employers, and clients.
  • Is ready to get to work on professional projects, and learn by doing right in the studio? The audio industry is demanding, and a commitment to quality and attention to detail is important.
  • Wants to attend an audio engineering and recording arts school in the heart of Chicago’s rich and prolific recording arts industry.

Career Paths

  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Stagehand
  • Music Engineer
  • Location Recording Specialist
  • Post-Production Specialist
  • Sound Designer
Gainful Employment Information

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What You Can Learn

In this program, students have the opportunity to build a broad and transferable skill set in studio recording and mixing, live event engineering, sound design for visual media, and postproduction. Here are some of the skills and techniques taught in the AAS in Recording Arts program.

  • How to record, edit, and mix audio using Pro Tools
  • How to record and mix artists in studio and live environments
  • How to record automated dialogue replacement (ADR)
  • Sound design for visual media using Foley, sample databases, and synthesis
  • Location audio
  • Post-production techniques for commercials, films, and video games

Courses Include

  • Simulations/Production-in-Action
  • First Year Experience
  • Composition I
  • Oral Communication
  • Digital Audio Workstation
  • Live Sound I
  • Studio Recording I
  • Studio Recording II
  • Fundamentals of Sound + Acoustics
  • Computer Technology
  • Sound Design for Visual Media
  • Introduction to Media and Motion
  • Production Module I
  • Composition II
  • General Math
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Live Sound II
  • Flashpoint Studios
  • Advanced Topics: Sound Design + Post-production
  • Advanced Topics: Music Engineering + Live Event
  • Production
  • The Hero’s Journey
Critical Studies

Flashpoint Chicago Critical Studies Program aims to educate students in the art and science of communications and the diverse media of contemporary storytelling within an exploration of the liberal arts. Our rigorous course of study and practice prepares graduates to be analytical thinkers and effective communicators who are creative, knowledgeable, and responsible contributors to advancing a curious, thoughtful, and compassionate global community. Flashpoint strives to assess student learning and achievement to the core competencies of critical studies that are intended to capture the broad spirit of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Learn more about our Critical Studies Department here.


Project-based curriculum. Classes are designed to put you to work collaboratively in teams on real-world projects. You’ll be recording, editing and mixing audio, and learning post-production techniques for commercials, films and video games. All while you build your confidence and a professional portfolio.

Cross-disciplinary experience. Unlike traditional audio engineering schools, Flashpoint joins students from different programs in a capstone course each year to work on a project alongside those who are fulfilling the various roles in the marketing and creative process. This reflects the on-the-job reality that may become your career, and starts here in your first year.

High-tech campus. The Flashpoint campus is loaded with world-class environments and equipment. Featuring a professional screening room, film and recording studios, sound design suites, visual effects labs and more—this is the place to get prepared for your career.

Practicing professionals as your instructors. Faculty at Flashpoint don’t just teach—they mentor. In our focused, personalized environment you’ll get maximum attention and support from instructors who know you, and will guide every step of your education.

Deep industry connections. With the endorsements and support of some of the industry’s top players, Flashpoint offers incredible opportunities to meet your future employer through career services workshops, speaker events, portfolio shows and more.

Support every step of the way. With financial aid options for those who qualify, seamless transfer credit assistance, academic support workshops, and so much more—the Flashpoint community has a deep commitment to the success of every student from the first day of class to graduation and beyond.

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