Sound Engineering Arts: Frequently Asked Questions

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How many students are in the Sound Engineering Arts program?

Twelve or thirteen students are accepted into the SEA program at the freshman level. The expected number entering the sophomore level is 10 - 12. There are typically a total of 50 SEA majors at any one time.

Are there good employment opportunities in the professional audio industry?

Yes, especially if you are willing to explore several different career choices. The director of the SEA program has a multitude of connections to the professional audio industry and acts as a career counselor and, at times, an employment agency.

What are the requirements for admission to the SEA program?

Aside from the academic requirements - SAT's, grades, class ranking, etc. individuals will be required to pass a Music department audition in order to be considered for the BM in Sound Engineering Arts major. Preferred candidates will have demonstrable math and science skills. Students entering the Sound Engineering Arts program as freshman or transfer students will be required to satisfactorily complete a year of freshman music core courses and applied calculus 1. Enrollment in the SEA courses will not begin until the above courses are satisfactorily completed or by the discretion of the Sound Engineering Arts director. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average in the Sound Engineering Arts courses to remain in the sequence.

Are there internship opportunities while enrolled in the SEA program?

Yes, there are many internship possibilities offered to the SEA student. Our proximity to New York City avails the student to the finest studios in the world. These internships are usually at recording studios in Manhattan or in northern New Jersey. If a student has a particular desire for other types of internships, they can be investigated. One internship is required for graduation.

How much "hands-on" time will be available?

The advantage of a small program is the availability of studio time. Each SEA student receives a minimum of 5 hours per week in the appropriate recording studio. At the junior and senior level, students are given a minumum of 5 hours in both of our main control rooms per week. There is generally more studio time available than is required to complete assignments so students have ample time to experiment and work on individual projects.