LMU SFTV’s Recording Arts B.A.

LMU SFTV’s Recording Arts B.A. program attracts undergraduates who aspire to work as sound designers and dialogue editors. In four years, undergraduates master the fundamentals of sound recording, sound reproduction, and sound design in courses taught by industry experts. In addition, they must take a minimum of one music course with an emphasis on music theory.

Year 1 introduces film students to essential elements of how music supports storytelling, film rhetoric, and music production. Years 3-4 dive into advanced sound production and sound editing methodologies, plus the science of sound. Film students graduate from the program with an understanding of sound at the physical and psychoacoustic levels, and they are fully prepared to design mix audio and create scores that elevate every type of narrative. Take a look at the year-over-year program breakdown.

Year 1​

Fall
  • Select between:
    • FTVS 1010 - Art of Cinema (4 semester hours)
      OR
    • FTVS 1020 - Art of Screen Media (4 semester hours)
  • MUSC 104 - Fundamentals of Music (3 semester hours)
  • FFYS 1000 - First Year Seminar (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring

  • RECA 220 - Fundamentals of Sound (3 semester hours) (must earn B or better)
  • PROD 101 - Introduction to Screen Production (3 semester hours)
  • MUSC 107 - The Piano Experience (3 semester hours) (may test out per RECA chair)
  • RHET 1000 - Rhetorical Arts (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)

Year 2​


Fall
  • RECA 250 - Sound Design (3 semester hours) (must earn B or better)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring

  • RECA 258 - Digital Sound Editing (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Year 3​


Fall
  • RECA 322 - Recording Technology (3 semester hours)
  • RECA 353 - Production Sound Techniques (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring

  • RECA 358 - Post-Production Sound (3 semester hours)
  • RECA 361 - Live and Studio Recording (3 semester hours)
  • RECA 362 - Audio Software Applications (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-17 semester hours

Year 4​


Fall
  • RECA 461 - Multi-Track Studio Recording (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring

  • RECA 464 - Advanced Audio (3 semester hours)
  • RECA 470 - Senior Recording Arts Project (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours