Whether you’re dreaming of being a producer in a recording studio, creating soundscapes for film and television, or touring with a band as front of house, you’ll go farther – faster – with OIART.
We’ve been doing this longer - and better - than everyone else. We were the first school of our kind in North America, and have the largest and most influential alumni there is. Why settle for anything but the best?
OIART’s exclusive curriculum provides a balanced exploration of the art and science of sound. After 11 months, you’ll graduate ready to start work in virtually any position where mastery of audio is required.
OIART provides unparalleled career training and lifelong career support. Graduate, and you’ll become part of an active global alumni network that’s over 600 members strong.
The opportunities in the audio engineering field are vast and OIART graduates are well known across North America. 80% of our graduates are gainfully employed within six months in areas such as:
The finding in the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) survey, conducted for the Ministry for Training, Colleges and Universities, of private colleges for the 2013 academic year showed that, at 71.4% employment:
That’s not just any job…that’s full-time employment as an audio industry professional. Exactly what you dream about doing! Other programs just don’t compare. If working as an audio professional is your dream, then OIART is the place you need to be!
It’s also worth noting that our student loan default rate is 0% -- because our students find work in their chosen profession quickly and can start repaying it right away.
To get started with OIART, simply fill out this form or call Asha Hall at 519-686-5010 ext. 22.
This course will build on knowledge of studio techniques and tools by exploring the creative and artistic approaches to music production. Master the art of capturing a song while learning the production techniques necessary to achieve your ideal sound. In addition to learning and practicing recording and mixing techniques for various instruments and genres, you’ll develop the delicate interpersonal skills required when working with artists and their songs. You’ll produce your own projects, and observe & participate in the production practices of our faculty and guest faculty.
Sound effects, dialog, foley, music – these audio elements have a significant impact on films, TV, and video games. From on-set location recording to post-production in the studio, you’ll learn the tools, skills and vocabulary needed to record, edit, and mix a soundscape that will keep the audience on the edge of its seat. Through lab support, term projects and the analysis of films in our 5:1 surround sound screening room, you’ll get the experience required for various jobs in the industry.
The video game, film, and music industries are always searching for sounds the world has never heard before. After exploring Psychoacoustics – the science of sound perception – you’ll learn how to use the most up-to-date tools to master the art of storytelling with sound, under the guidance of our Gemini award-winning sound design instructor.
Understand what’s behind the scenes in the challenging environments presented by small clubs, outdoor festivals and concert stadiums. You’ll learn the techniques required to manage live sound in a variety of settings, from relatively straightforward podium work to concert gigs. This course also includes lessons in cable architecture, grounding topologies, safety, troubleshooting, and navigating union regulations.
Your new career will require planning and management and you’ll need insight on how today’s industry works. With 30 years experience of successfully placing grads, we’re able to show you how to turn your passion for sound into a successful and fulfilling career. During this course, our faculty and guest instructors will share their experiences about how the industry really works, what employers expect from you, and how to establish goals and seek out the right opportunities. We will work with you to establish your plans for post-graduation, and provide you with lifelong career support as you join the OIART global alumni network of successful audio pros.
This course deconstructs all the elements of professional recording studios to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both digital and analog recording technology. Using various microphones, consoles, effects, and understanding the signal flow between them all will become like second nature. With a solid blend of theory and hands-on learning you’ll get to know the gear inside and out, and you’ll have lots of time to hone your skills on your own projects.
“I really believe that the true value of OIART lives in its people. To learn from a group of teachers who share the same passion and energy for all things audio as I did… that was a revelation to me.”
Jon Bartel, Post Sound Mixer - CTV
“My time at OIART provided me with the knowledge and skill set to succeed in a professional environment. I'm able to confidently troubleshoot any issues that I find in front of me, while also continuing to push my creative boundaries. The staff were nothing but inspiring and supportive, and continue to be to this day. Thank you OIART!”
Keenan Kosolowski ('13) is a sound designer for the video game developer Digital Extremes.
“I really value my O.l.A.R.T. experience, not only for the technical knowledge I obtained, but for the relationships I built while studying there, and have since grown with many of my classmates. In a business where relationships are just as important as talent and ability, my time there put me on the right track.”
Grad Rob ‘Muneshine’ Bakker ('04) is a 3x Juno nominee (producing/engineering for D-Sisive), 2x Polaris Prize Long-lister, SOCAN Echo Songwriting Award winner and 1x East Coast Music Award nominee.
Once you graduate from OIART you become part of an elite alumni network that goes back to our roots some 30 years ago. They will serve as your network, allies,
credentials and inspiration throughout your career.