2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Audio Arts, MA

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Douglas Quin, Co-Director
315-443-7398, dhquin@syr.edu

David Rezak, Co-Director
315-443-3280, dmrezak@syr.edu


Various faculty from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Setnor School of Music and Newhouse School’s Television, Radio and Film Department.

M.A. in Audio Arts

Audio Arts is a joint graduate studies program harnessing the experience and strength of the Schools of Music and Communications. Four specialization tracks are offered in distinctive areas of audio practice: Music Industry, Audio Recording, Radio Horizons and Music Video.

The holder of an MA in the Audio Arts with specialization in Music Industry will be prepared to enter one of dozens of career paths. Graduates will embrace the trust-based relationship they must develop with artists and be able to think critically and constructively about audio and music and making a market in an art form. The student’s self-directed curricular specialization choices and internship focus will dictate the job options.


The Audio Arts admissions process seeks to measure applicants along several criteria in search of a holistic measure of student potential. Though experience in music and audio is valued in the process, the most important aspects in a prospective student’s profile are a demonstrated work ethic, broad and varied education and life experience and deep passion to succeed and contribute to the audio arts.


The Audio Arts Master’s Program was created to comply with and/or exceed the standards of two accrediting bodies: The National Association of Schools of Music and the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Major Requirements

Required Coursework (24 credits)

Capstone in Audio Arts, choose one:

Note on Newhouse School-wide Requirements for Graduate Programs

The required law and research components are fulfilled with the following coursework:

Together, these courses introduce students to the practice and application of research to audio arts issues and ideas. The dynamic context of entrepreneurial foundations is a particularly fitting place for students in the program to develop their research skills in anticipation of the uncertain and often volatile audio arts fields they will one day lead.

In addition, the Research for Entertainment Media class (TRF 696 ) will be an elective part of each area of audio arts specialization.

Electives (12 credits)

Electives include twelve credits of specialization to focus on an individual’s interests and strengths. The curriculum will allow for enough elective flexibility to create a “focus area”:

Fields of specialization

  • Music Industry
  • Sound Production & Arts
  • Radio Horizons
  • Music Video

Transfer Credit

Up to 6 credits of approved non-matriculated graduate coursework

3.0 Minimum GPA for Graduation

Total: 36 credits


Master of Arts

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