Does Audio Recording offer a stage (internship)?
We purposefully choose not to have a stage component so that our emphasis is upon classroom and lab teacher-led instruction. As a result, we offer more instructional time using our equipment and facilities under the guidance of our highly professional teaching staff. Therefore, upon completion of the program, our graduates can choose to look for employment in the field, or to find a stage placement so as to acquire further practical experience.
Do Audio Recording graduates find employment?
Yes, our graduates find employment in such areas as sound and rehearsal studios, staging companies, video game developers, radio and television stations, special event organizations and live sound venues, to name several. In addition, many graduates set up their own business such as home-based studios to record band demos and other projects. It should be noted that the employment situation in the music industry has improved quite noticeably in the past few years.
Are students eligible for financial aid?
Yes, Québec residents can qualify for an interest free loan up to a maximum of $6,650. When a student graduates they will be required to repay this loan by negotiating a repayment plan with their financial institution. More information can be obtained from our Financial Aid office (514-744-7500, x7883) or online at: www.afe.gouv.qc.ca
How important is it to have a background in music?
We encourage applicants to have a strong base in music so that they can appreciate a good piece of music, know what is required to produce a good piece, and know musicians and how to relate to them. All of our students have a definite passion for music and most are musicians, to some degree. Having this practical background and knowledge will certainly help, although it is not absolutely required.
What makes a good sound engineer?
A good sound engineer requires excellent technical skills, a strong appreciation of artistic talent, a good set of ears, a calm manner and good people skills, particularly in dealing with musicians. As an engineer, you will be expected to be efficient and be able to trouble shoot to find solutions when technical difficulties do arise.
How important are computer skills?
Like most technology based fields, Audio Recording is increasingly a computer-based environment. Applicants should be familiar with the Internet, email and basic software programs. Some experience with sound software is an asset but is not essential.
Does Vanier College help graduates find employment?
We have an Employment Development Office that helps students develop their job search skills, helps them in preparing a curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter, and in preparing for an interview. In many of our courses we have practical components that emphasize the skills required for the job market. Also, potential employers periodically and regularly contact us with employment and stage opportunities.
How important is attending classes?
Considering that the field of professional audio is deadline driven, attending classes and being on time are extremely important. This will develop these characteristics essential for an audio professional. Quite frankly, being late is simply not an option in this field.
How can I improve my chances of being accepted?
Some suggestions in this regard would be to read up on the industry through trade magazines such as Sound on Sound and Mix Magazine, do your research into this field by meeting industry professionals, and practice your technical and music skills whether it be through free online sound software or by taking music lessons. Above all, be ready to commit to an intensive and demanding six month program.
Can I work part-time while attending this program?
Although we recognize the reality that many students have to work part-time, it is recommended to keep your hours to a minimum for the following reasons:
- Considering that this program has between 25 – 28 hours of classes/labs per week, a student must ensure that they conserve time and energy to commit to this program
- Since you are making a sizeable dollar “investment” in your future it makes sense to maximize this investment by having the time to study and practice
In any case, a student should try to limit themselves to 8 – 12 hours of part-time work per week as a maximum.
Can I use the Audio Recording facilities after hours?
Yes, we permit student access to our Studio facilities (except for the Control Room) and MIDI lab during the week in the evenings, and during the day on the weekends. These facilities are not open during holiday periods.
How many students do you accept into Audio Recording?
We accept 12 students to both our August and February groups for a total of 24 students per year. This ensures that students benefit from a cohesive group atmosphere, small student/teacher ratio and “hands on” training.