Live Sound & AV Program

225 Clock-Hours

The New York metropolitan area is home to more performance venues than any other location on the planet. Of course Broadway, Radio City, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall all come to mind, but there are countless other venues of all shapes and sizes (houses of worship, jazz clubs, corporate event stages…) that need live sound engineers to ensure that the sound be heard. Similarly, the business of Audio Visual design and installation is exploding. New applications for integrating audio and video are emerging on a daily basis and this Concentration is designed to provide students a doorway into the lucrative world of AV. This concentration exposes students to event production workflows, sound systems, video systems, lighting systems, interoperating site layout drawings, estimating equipment and labor costs and installing A/V equipment and systems and strategies for communicating with clients. Students will receive hands-on experience setting up, operating, mixing and breaking down sound reinforcement systems for a diverse set of venues and applications.

To enroll into this program, the student must have completed a related audio program and/or must be able to demonstrate equivalent technical fundamental knowledge and skills as determined by the Institute of Audio Research.

Live Sound & AV

Courses

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AV211 – Audio Visual Systems II
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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This course builds on the concepts and skills acquired in AT131, Audio Visual Systems I. It covers the preparation, design, build and post-instillation aspects of AV system. The course covers communication with clients, interoperating site layout drawings, identifying room needs, developing a program report, designing display, audio and control systems, evaluating vendors, estimating equipment and labor costs and installing AV equipment and systems.
AV212 – Audio Visual Systems II Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AV211 Audio Visual Systems II. Students will apply concepts covered in the lecture to accomplish real-world scenario tasks. Students will conduct an AV system needs analysis, decipher scale drawings, develop a program report, create signal flow and layout drawings using CAD software, design a network, create project cost estimates and equipment lists.
AV213 – Sound Reinforcement
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of live sound operation and the roles employed within a typical live sound set-up. Students will experience the methods and practices used in the preparation, documentation, interaction, storage, set-up and breakdown of real live concert scenarios. Techniques, equipment and operations for live sound operation will be discussed and demonstrated. Venue etiquette, proper and safe use of equipment, and troubleshooting a sound reinforcement setup will also be explored.
AV214 – Sound Reinforcement Workshop
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AV213 Sound Reinforcement Lecture. Students will receive hands-on experience with setting up, operating, mixing and breaking down sound reinforcement systems for a diverse set of venues and applications. Students will work with consoles, EQ, crossovers, amplifiers and speakers. At the conclusion of the course, students will be responsible for setting up and operating equipment for a live event.
AV215 – Stage Craft
Theory
30 Clock Hours
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An introduction to the live sound and audio visual industry. Students will learn basic terminologies about working in a “stage related” environment, including theatres, concerts, corporate productions, and houses of worship. Main topics include basic event production workflow, sound systems, lighting systems, stage systems, video systems and permanent versus temporary setups and control systems.
PD201 – Career Development
Theory
15 Clock Hours
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A study in the practice of applying for a career and the maintenance of the Independent Entrepreneur. Résumé creation and cover letter construction are discussed and created. Topics include selling yourself, Raising funds, and taxes for independent contractors.

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