Music Production & Audio Engineering Curriculum

Our curriculum is ever evolving because the industry we serve is constantly changing.

Unlike other audio engineering schools, where you can pick and choose courses limiting your employment prospects, ours is a focused, comprehensive and relevant audio engineering curriculum delivered over an intense 11-month period.

And it never remains static. New technologies, breakthroughs in engineering and equipment and enhancements to software tools are the norm in the audio industry so it‘s critical that we keep pace. We regularly consult with top industry experts and employers to ensure the content we teach is relevant so our students are properly prepared and ready for anything.

The OIART Curriculum

Recording Technology

This course deconstructs all the elements of professional recording technology and techniques to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both digital and analog recording. 

Skills like signal flow, microphone technique, signal processing and critical listening are essential in music production, live audio and audio for visual media. 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. 

Live Sound and Event Production

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, lighting and video in a variety of settings, from relatively straight forward podium work to concert gigs.

This course also includes lessons in cable architecture, grounding topologies, electrical safety, rigging safety, video projection, lighting design, troubleshooting, and equipment maintenance; crucial knowledge applicable to the world of music production and audio for visual media


Whether it’s building a studio, installing speakers in a live venue or micing an actor on a film set, industry professionals recognize the impact of the environment on the sound they produce. That’s why modifying, designing, testing and constructing acoustic spaces is central to the studies of this course. You’ll investigate the physical nature and behaviour of sound until you can predict, analyze and modify environments.

Pro Tools™

For mixing tracks in a studio, recording a live show, or designing sound for visual media, Pro Tools™ is the industry standard recording, editing and mixing software. From day one through to graduation, you’ll be fully immersed in Pro Tools™ projects, eventually achieving a level of skill and confidence that will fully meet the demands expected of sound professionals.

Computer Management and Digital Theory Essentials

You already know that your computer is central to modern audio creation and manipulation. Sample rate, bit depth, dither, quantization, MIDI, audio interfaces, Dante; all terminology and concepts audio professionals need to understand. These courses will explain them and give you a working knowledge to navigate your way in a digital world.

Music Production

From producing a song to mixing a live band to mixing a film soundtrack, this course will go beyond knowledge of techniques and tools by exploring the creative and artistic approaches to sound. Master the art of capturing audio while learning the production techniques necessary to achieve your ideal sound.

In addition to learning and practicing recording and mixing techniques for various instruments, sound sources and genres, you’ll develop the delicate interpersonal skills required when working with artists. You’ll produce your own projects, and observe and participate in the production practices of our faculty.

Audio Mathematics

This one semester refresher course reintroduces the mathematical concepts and terminologies encountered in the world of audio - VU, dBSPL, dBV, dBFS, dBm; all scales and measurements you need to know. Designed exclusively for audio professionals, this course covers all the math concepts you will need explained in simple to understand layman’s terms.

Audio for Visual Media and Sound Design

The video game, film, TV and music industries are always searching for sounds the world has never heard before.  The world of sound design for a video game, movie or TV show, the multimedia spectacle of a live show, and the music score of a movie soundtrack all rely on the art and science of marrying the visual to the aural.

With these courses you’ll learn how to use the most up-to-date tools to master the art of storytelling with sound. 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.

Career Management and Music Business

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. From resume writing to mock job interviews, 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.

Essential Music Business concepts covered in this course include publishing, copyright and administration, infringement, music supervision, music licensing for picture, mechanical rights, neighboring rights, performing rights, master licenses, sampling, digital licensing, using YouTube and Social Media, Creative Commons, Canadian Content, artist management, record companies, contracts, owning and operating a studio, starting a business and entrepreneurialism, invoicing, working as a professional composer, road management and promotion, freelancing, taxes, grant applications and personal finance.

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