Dec 06, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recording Arts, B.A.


Recording Arts students explore the theoretical and practical elements of sound recording, reproduction, and design—the fundamentals crucial to successful work in all media that tap into the creative power of sound.

Given the enormous influence of these media, it is vital that these studies are given perspective by courses in LMU’s Liberal Arts core curriculum. Recording Arts students are also required to take one music class that deals with the fundamentals of music theory. In upper division courses, students study the science of sound behavior, reproduction, and modification. They learn audio techniques that apply to both film/television sound and music recording.

The SFTV sound stages, studios, and audio workstations are the laboratories where students put their knowledge and creativity to work and build a portfolio. Each Recording Arts student gains experience with film and television sound production and produces an advanced recording arts senior project. Creative collaboration is key to success in this field.

Recording Arts Student Learning Outcomes

Recording Arts students will understand:

  • The physical and psychoacoustic properties of sound
  • The techniques of making, editing, and processing sound recordings
  • The aesthetic contribution of sound to media.

Recording Arts students will be able to:

  • Make technically competent recordings of music as well as production and post-production sound for film and television media
  • Effectively edit and process sound for those media
  • Create technically competent and aesthetically pleasing mixes for those media.

Recording Arts students will value:

  • The transformative power of challenging and meaningful art
  • The collaborative and rigorous nature of working in sound for music, film, and television
  • The cultural impact and significance of this media—past, present, and future.

Recording Arts Model Four-Year Plan

  • Normal course load is 15-16 semester hours or 4-5 courses per semester.
  • Consult your advisor regarding proper course sequencing and course selection for the major.
  • Suggested sequence, but students often take courses in a modified order.
  • All students must complete six flags to graduate. Each student is responsible for ensuring she/he fulfills all graduation requirements.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Total: 14-15 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • 3 semester hours (must earn B or better)
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 12-15 semester hours

Spring Semester

  • 3 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 15-19 semester hours

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Total: 12-14 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 15-17 semester hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Total: 15-19 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 15-18 semester hours