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If you're considering a career in the entertainment industry, stop by and see us in person. Daily tours are offered at 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 6:00PM, Monday through Thursday, and 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM on Fridays (excluding holidays).

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Recording Arts

Dreaming In Sound

Picture yourself in front of a professional mixing board inside a modern Hollywood studio. If that sounds like your dream — turn up the volume.

At LAFS, you’ll log real time on industry-standard consoles and gain face time with prominent industry professionals. Our career-focused and accredited Associate of Science Degree program is designed to put you in control of all the technology and concepts you’ll need to engineer your dreams.

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  • Advanced Digital Audio

    Core Class

    The Advanced Digital Audio course provides students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in digital audio workstation theory and technique. Within this course, students will apply their workstation skills to highly specialized concepts and procedures, such as multitrack drum editing, advanced hardware I/O setup, MIDI routing and hardware/ software integration.
    3 Credits

    Mastering

    Core Class

    This course introduces the technical art of mastering, which involves setup and fine-tuning of the finished product before final duplication. The class focuses on ear training, audio clean up/restoration, level matching/ dynamics, multi-band processes and final album assembly. Students learn the process of taking a collection of mixed songs, and compiling them into one finished album with compact disc authoring.
    3 Credits
  • Film Sound

    Core Class

    The Film Sound course provides an in-depth study of the fundamental aspects of creation and recording of soundtracks for feature film, television, and video games. Subjects include field recording, digital audio workstation basics, sound effects design, Foley recording, dialogue recording and editing, automated dialogue replacement (ADR), music editing, surround sound, mixing to picture.
    3 Credits

    Advanced Film Sound

    Core Class

    The Final Project 1 course expands on the audio postproduction knowledge gained in previous courses, with an intense analysis of sound’s contribution to the story in films and other visual media. Students also increase their depth of knowledge in mixing for postproduction and music production, with a focus on workstation control surface technology and surround sound.
    3 Credits
  • Intermediate Film Sound

    Core Class

    The Intermediate Film Sound course includes advanced postproduction related digital audio workstation techniques for dialogue recording and automated dialogue replacement (ADR), Foley recording and editing, sound effects design and editing, and file management. Also discussed is SMPTE time code, functions of synchronizers, video sync, word clock and frame rates.
    4 Credits

    Introduction to Entertainment Business

    Core Class

    In the Entertainment Business course students learn the foundations of copyright law, contracts, client relations, artistic collaboration, record label operation and structure and music production among others. Students will learn music project pitching, project budgeting, session management and other skills that a music producer will require to start and complete a recording project.
    2 Credits
  • Mixing Concepts and Techniques

    Core Class

    This course introduces the concept and operation of mixing audio tracks in a stereo sound field. Using Pro Tools, students will become familiar with the mixing process as well as taking an in-depth look at signal processor and effects device plug-ins. Students also become familiar with automation, mix-downs, and professional delivery methods.
    3 Credits

    Introduction to Recording Arts

    Core Class

    Introduction to Recording Arts is designed to introduce students to many aspects of the recording arts. This course provides the foundations of terminology, history, and the basic fundamentals of recording. This course explores the fundamental concepts of audio theory and practice. Students will learn recording console signal flow, multi-track recorder operation, microphone technology, and professional audio techniques as the basic building blocks of their audio education.
    3 Credits
  • Advanced Recording 2

    Core Class

    Advanced Recording 2 provides extensive experience in the practice of contemporary music production in a world-class studio facility. Students utilize cutting-edge audio recording technology for advanced studies in order to gain expertise in the art and science of music production.
    1 Credits

    Sound Foundations

    Core Class

    The Sound Foundations course covers the fundamental physics of sound and audio signal. In this course, students study the world of outboard signal processors such as noise gates, compressors, reverbs, delays, flangers, spatial effects and more. Discussions on patch bays, wiring techniques and equipment parameters & controls prepare students for connection & operation of studio outboard equipment.
    4 Credits
  • Introduction to Show Production

    Core Class

    The curriculum provides students concepts and theory to prepare for a career in the live event field: concert and touring market, corporate productions, conventions, audio/ visual installations, or other disciplines. Focus is on the construction and interface of show production systems, as well as the stage setups, the business aspects of live sound and various job descriptions in the field.
    2 Credits

    MIDI

    Core Class

    Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is the electronic marriage of music and computer technology that revolutionized music composition, recording, and arrangement. Students are introduced to the history of the MIDI concept, its principles and theory, MIDI production techniques, MIDI control, troubleshooting, and the design of MIDI systems. Fundamentals of music theory are also included in this course.
    3 Credits
  • System Support

    Core Class

    The System Support course provides an understanding of the proper utilization and maintenance of the advanced audio hardware and software found in modern studios. It begins with fundamental electronics and teaches the use of audio test equipment. Students also explore the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of computer-based digital audio workstation software and components. Emphasis is placed on the application of lecture information through individual lab projects and classroom demonstrations. Students are challenged to solve a variety of real-world technical problems that often arise in the audio industry.
    4 Credits

    Advanced Recording 1

    Core Class

    This course introduces the theory and operation of large-format audio consoles and digital audio control surfaces. Students will master the audio signal flow of the consoles and control surfaces as well as the computer automation and recall systems they employ.
    4 Credits
  • Digital Audio Essentials

    Core Class

    The Digital Audio Essentials course explores the digital audio workstation environment through extensive study of digital audio concepts and practices. Students receive detailed instruction and hands-on practical experience with cutting-edge, computer-based recording systems typically found in the modern recording industry.
    3 Credits

    English Composition

    General Education

    The English Composition course is designed to help students refine their own writing processes while developing an in-depth personal and intellectual inquiry into a subject of their choosing. The course connects personal reflection with critical analysis, providing varied opportunities for wiring and for strengthening language skills. As the course unfolds, a series of assignment lead students through a continually deepening creative research process, which then develops into a complex and detailed written project. Offered online for those students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    3 Credits
  • College Mathematics

    General Education

    The College Mathematics course is designed to enable students to build skills and confidence in algebra that are required to succeed in math and core courses. First-time algebra students or those needing a review will begin with basic concepts and build upon these ideas by completing work that uses algebra in practical situations. Offered online for those students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    3 Credits

    Behavioral Science

    General Education

    The Behavioral Science course introduces students to the psychology of self-evaluation, self-motivation, self-awareness, and self-focus. This course provides an overview on current and historical theory as it pertains to the above-mentioned areas. Students are also introduced to the techniques of time management, organizational skills, active listening, and producing effective presentations.
    3 Credits
  • Pathways to Personal and Professional Productivity

    General Education

    This course helps students develop persistence and high achievement skills to establish a foundation upon which to build essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning. The concept that individuals are responsible for their own actions and can regulate their own behavior and success through goal setting, self-reflection, self-management, and self-evaluation are central to the philosophy for this course. Students are exposed to basic motivation and success theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles. The nuances of professional and technical communication are introduced and students develop critical thinking skills through reading and written exercises. The elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing and presentation design are taught in the context of completing assignments and communicating ideas. The course takes all students from the “thinking only” mentality to putting action to their personal, professional, and academic goals and aspirations.
    3 Credits

    Interpersonal Communications

    General Education

    The Interpersonal Communications course is designed to guide students through career exploration and planning processes and helps provide the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of career-related decision-making. Students engage in a variety of self-discovery initiatives, exploring personal interests, values, and abilities. By establishing clear goals and a clear approach for attaining those goals, students are able to increase their own self-confidence with respect to the transition from the student life to professional life.
    3 Credits

Total Credits: 60

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  • This studio is home to a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality SE recording / mixing console with Dynaudio monitors. The SSL is housed in an acoustically optimized control room that is connected to two large, isolated recording rooms, allowing students to take part in complex music production sessions. Multi-track recording is done with a 24-track Studer A827 2” analog tape recorder and an Avid Pro Tools HD workstation. Rounding out the package is a diverse collection of industry standard microphones and signal processing gear.

  • These all-digital mixing rooms feature full-blown Avid Pro Tools HD systems attached to 32-fader ICON D-Control work surfaces, joystick surround panners, and a wide variety of plug-ins. A 5.1 channel JBL monitoring system allow students to complete multichannel music or sound-for-picture projects in full surround while working entirely within the Pro Tools environment.

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  • This advanced Pro Tools lab is where students complete their 201 and 210M coursework within the Avid Pro Tools Certified Operator curriculum. The lab features Apple Mac Pro workstations with dual 24” LCD screens running Avid Pro Tools HD systems, M-Audio Axiom 49 MIDI controllers and the Command 8 control surface.  The benefits of Pro Tools HD are further explored by integrating outboard effects processors by Lexicon and TC Electronics as well as Yamaha Motif ES synthesizers.

  • The Mastering Lab is designed to train students in the art of audio mastering and CD authoring. The lab features 16 stations with 27-inch Apple iMac workstations and Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 audio interfaces. Students train on Steinberg Wavelab software and Waves plug-ins.

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  • This 16-station lab features Apple’s Logic Pro software on 27-inch iMac computers and M-Audio Axiom MIDI controllers. The MIDI Lab introduces students to Logic Pro and the world of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Students use this space to create and edit MIDI sequences, employ plug-in software, and learn basic music theory.

  • This studio features the highly regarded, 48-channel Solid State Logic XL 9000K series console, interfaced with a 48-channel Avid Pro Tools HD workstation. The room also includes an incredible 2.1 monitoring system by JBL and a large collection of high-end outboard signal processing equipment. While this studio is primarily used for mixing, it also has an isolation booth for recording and overdubbing.

  • This high-end recording studio features our largest analog console: a 60 channel Neve VR with Flying Faders automation. Multi-track recording is done with a 48-channel Pro Tools HD system and a 24 track Studer A827 2” analog tape recorder. The studio is also equipped with a diverse collection of microphones and signal processing equipment, as well as Dynaudio monitors. The adjacent live room is equipped with a full drum set, a vintage Hammond organ with Leslie rotating speaker cabinet, guitar and bass amplifiers by Marshall, Fender, and Vox, and an assortment of hand percussion instruments.

  • One of the first stops for recording students, the Analog Console lab is centered around sixteen Soundcraft Ghost LE 24-channel analog mixing and recording consoles, housed in Argosy studio furniture. Each station also includes a 24-track hard disk recorder, CD recorder, and outboard signal processing. The lab features a central Pro Tools system, allowing instructors to feed eight channels of audio simultaneously to all stations for recording exercises. 

We Are The Hollywood Connection

It's no secret: an important part of being successful is being connected. Our location in the center of Hollywood offers our students unparalleled access to entertainment industry professionals who speak with our students and share their insight and experience. Our students and alumni enjoy exclusive events with big names in the industry such as Brian Malouf, Stephen Flick, Jamey Scott and Nick Cave.

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    Blue Ruin Screening and Q&A

    Blue Ruin Screening and Q&A

    On Wednesday, April 16th, a special screening of Blue Ruin took place, followed by a Q&A hosted by Jeff Goldsmith, and attended by Screenwriter/Director Jeremy Saulnier, and Macon Blair, the star of the film. The movie has made the rounds through various film festivals, and has garnered critical acclaim, including a major Read More

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    The ASCAP Expo Q&A

    The ASCAP Expo Q&A

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    Advanced Screening: Leave the world behind

    Advanced Screening: Leave the world behind

    The Los Angeles Film School is hosting an advanced screening of Leave The World Behind, a documentary that follows the band Swedish House Mafia during their last tour together. When: Tuesday April 8th Read More

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    VIP All-Access Open House Tour 4/5

    VIP All-Access Open House Tour 4/5

    VIP All-Access Open House Tour FREE VIP All-Access Studio Tour of The Los Angeles Film School Campus  Read More

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    Advanced Screening/Q&A: Dom Hemingway

    Advanced Screening/Q&A: Dom Hemingway

    Los Angeles Film School Students, Staff and Alumni, You're Invited to: Dom Hemingway Join us for an advanced screening of Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law, followed by a Q&A with the film's Writer and Director, Richard Shepard. Read More

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    LOL'D SCHOOL COMEDY SHOW

    LOL'D SCHOOL COMEDY SHOW

    We are excited to announce a stand-up comedy event for the benefit of students, alumni and staff of The Los Angeles Film School on Orientation Day, Monday, April 7. Read More

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    Alumni Event

    Alumni Event

    The 4th Alumni Event was held on March 26th at The Parlor in Hollywood. Special thanks to everyone who attended! Keep checking your email for invites to the latest alumni events in Los Angeles. Read More

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    Event Recap: MC Lyte Addresses Recording Grads

    Event Recap: MC Lyte Addresses Recording Grads

    At our latest graduation ceramony, Recording Arts grads received a special keynote speech from MC Lyte, one of the most prominent women in Hip Hop and a long-time supporter of The Los Angeles Film School. Read More

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    Animayo Film Festival

    Animayo Film Festival

    On Monday, March 18th, The Los Angeles Film School hosted Animayo, an international animation film festival. The founder of the festival, Damian Perea, presented the event, which showcased animated shorts from a wide variety of mediums, including stop-motion, cinematics, and styrofoam. Special thanks to everyone who attended the event! Read More

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    Thursday Tunes at Don't Tell Mama

    Thursday Tunes at Don't Tell Mama

    Love local music? Check out this exciting show at the legendary venue Don't Tell Mama.  LARS Alumni Khalid Phillippe will be working as a live sound engineer for the event!  When: Thursday March 20th Time: 8PM Where: Don't Tell Mama  Read More

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    Film Promo Flash Mob

    Film Promo Flash Mob

    Check 'being in a flash mob' off your Bucket List! Flashmob America is hosting a Film Promo Flash Mob TOMORROW, March 18th. Participants will help to help promote a new film by re-enacting a scene from the movie! This will be different from normal flash mobs, and there won't be any rehearsal. Read More

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    2014 NHMC MediaCon

    2014 NHMC MediaCon

    LAFS Students, YOU'RE INVITED: 2014 NHMC MediaCon Read More

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    LAFS attends the titan fall midnight launch event

    LAFS attends the titan fall midnight launch event

    The Los Angeles Film School attended the midnight Gamestop launch event of Titan Fall, a title developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft's Xbox One and PC. Read More

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    Shanghai Joint Office Grand Opening!

    Shanghai Joint Office Grand Opening!

    The opening ceremony for the Shanghai Joint Office Grand Opening was a great success! The new center welcomed guests visiting from various provinces of China to Shanghai to hear Diana Derycz Kessler speak about the degree programs offered by The Los Angeles Film School. Read More

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    Lol'd School was a hilarious success!

    Lol'd School was a hilarious success!

    On Monday, March 3rd, The Los Angeles Film School hosted LOL'd School at the historic Ivar Theatre. The stand-up comedy event featured esteemed comics such as Kyle Kinane, Cristela Alonzo, Greg Edwards, Josh Androsky, Peet Guernico, and Hugh Moore. Special thanks to everyone who attended! Read More

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    Jump Start - Employer Brunch was a Blast!

    Jump Start - Employer Brunch was a Blast!

    On February 25th, 2014, a special guest panel took place in the historic Ivar Theatre, followed by an invaluable networking opportunity for Los Angeles Film School graduates. Read More

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    Lone Target Special Event

    Lone Target Special Event

    On February 20th, 2014, The Los Angeles Film School, in association with Veteran's in Film and Television, hosted a screening of the Discovery International network's hit television series, Lone Target. Following the event, a special Q&A took place in our main theater, joined by the creators of the series, as well as the Read More

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    LOL'D SCHOOL COMEDY SHOW

    LOL'D SCHOOL COMEDY SHOW

    Laughter is the best cure for the Monday blues, so join us Monday, March 3rd for a FREE comedy show exclusively for LAFS students, alumni and staff. The night's comedians have been featured on Comedy Central, Conan, Craig Ferguson and more!    PERFORMERS Kyle Kinane Hugh Moore Read More

Program News

  • NORTH HOLLYWOOD STUDIO SEEKS INTERNS

    April 23rd, 2014

    LARS Alumni working in a studio in North Hollywood is seeking 1 or 2 interns that have an understanding of music studios and how they operate. The candidates need to have a reliable vehicle and be very familiar with programs such as Logic and Pro Tools. Students will receive credit for this internship opportunity.

  • Tuesday Trivia: Movie History

    April 22nd, 2014

    Test your cinematic knowledge with a few of our favorite movie facts: 1.) What band did Ridley Scott borrow laser lighting from to light the egg chamber in Alien? a.) The Rolling Stones b.) The Who c.) The Beatles d.) Led Zepplin

  • BIG Video Contest - CASH PRIZES

    April 17th, 2014

    BIG VIDEO CONTEST - SUBMIT NOW! BIG VIDEO CONTEST   YOU HAVE UNTIL APRIL 23RD TO ENTER   OVERVIEW: 

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