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Sound recording technology is one of UMass Lowell's signature programs and is one of the few programs of its kind in the United States. It provides motivated students with the practical and theoretical background needed for success in the industry. Starting a career in audio recording has traditionally involved training through an informal apprenticeship system. With the rush of new technologies that have revolutionized the recording industry in recent years, and the opportunities that new media are opening up for recording professionals, a higher level of training and education in music, media and technology is now required for any meaningful employment, even at the entry level.
The program's goal is to produce musically sophisticated and sensitive professionals who have sufficient technical knowledge to excel in today's rapidly changing, technology-based production industry. Successful students' understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline, coupled with comprehensive music training, prepares them for a wide variety of professions. The program combines courses in physics, electrical engineering, computer science and advanced mathematics, with traditional studies in music and at least nine courses in the art and technology of recording.
The program is supported by eight (8) studio/laboratory spaces. Its exceptional recording, editing, critical listening, video, testing, synthesis and multimedia facilities allow the student to become proficient at operating and creatively using a wide variety of equipment and technologies.
The faculty of the SRT program are well-trained educators and active industry professionals, drawn from the wealth of high-technology, broadcasting, recording, and production talent in the greater Boston area, as well as the region's cultural and artistic communities.
The breadth of our SRT major program prepares a musically sophisticated graduate with a broad understanding of the technical aspects of the recording industry. The successful student's understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline, coupled with comprehensive music training, prepares him or her for a wide variety of professions.
Though prospective SRT students enroll in certain specific courses for their specialization in the sophomore year, retention in the program requires an application to the Program Coordinator prior to the junior year. See Sophomore Year Retention below.
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If any of these standards are not met, the student will be suspended from the program and will not be allowed to enroll in courses within the major. SRT students will repeat any Sound Recording Technology course in which they received a grade of D or below; upon receiving a minimum grade of C- or better, the student will be readmitted to the program.
Internships in Sound Recording Technology are governed by the following policies. Specific written authorization of the Coordinator of Sound Recording Technology, given prior to the internship experience, is required for any deviations in these policies.