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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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  • Pro Tools Essentials

    Core Class

    This 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

    Advanced Pro Tools

    Core Class

    This 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 multi-track drum editing, advanced hardware I/O setup, MIDI routing and hardware/ software integration.
    3 Credits
  • Introduction to Recording Arts

    Core Class

    This course is designed to introduce students to the 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

    Music Copyright & Business

    Core Class

    In this 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.
    3 Credits
  • Systems Support

    Core Class

    This course provides an understanding of the proper utilization and maintenance of the advanced audio hardware and software found in modern studios. Students also explore the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of computer-based digital audio workstation software and components. Students are challenged to solve a variety of real-world technical problems that often arise in the audio industry.
    4 Credits

    Studio Recording & Production

    Core Class

    This course provides extensive experience in the practice of contemporary music production in a world class studio facility. Students utilize industry standard audio recording technology for advanced studies in order to gain expertise in the art and science of music production.
    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. Students focus on ear training, audio cleanup/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

    Audio Production For Media

    Core Class

    This 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, sound-effects design, Foley recording, dialogue recording and editing, automated dialogue replacement (ADR), music editing, surround sound, and mixing to picture.
    3 Credits
  • Audio Post Production

    Core Class

    This course includes advanced post-production 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

    Mixing Concepts and Techniques

    Core Class

    Song assessment, developing and implementing mix strategies, and problem solving within a mix are the skills students will be learning in this course. This course also provides an in-depth and more advanced look at signal processors and effects devices, and how they are utilized in mixing.
    3 Credits
  • Signal Processing and Effects

    Core Class

    This 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 and controls prepare students for connection and operation of studio outboard equipment.
    4 Credits

    Electronic Sequencing & Instrumentation

    Core Class

    This course covers the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), which 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
  • Recording Consoles

    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.
    3 Credits

    Live Sound Production

    Core Class

    The course 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.
    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

    English Composition

    General Education

    This 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 writing and for strengthening language skills. As the course unfolds, a series of assignments leads students through a continually deepening creative research process, which then develops into a complex and detailed written project.
    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. Students will begin with basic concepts and build upon these ideas by completing work that uses algebra in practical situations.
    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
  • Interpersonal Communications

    General Education

    The Interpersonal Communications course is designed to provide the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of effective career-related communication. Students engage in a variety of activities that develop their mastery of spoken and written communication, active listening, image management, and stress and conflict management.
    3 Credits

    Digital Literacy

    General Education

    The Digital Literacy Course offers a fundamental understanding of the critical and practical aspects of digital tools, technologies, and resources. Students will learn how to navigate, evaluate, create, and critically apply information by using a wide variety of digital technologies. Through applying their knowledge to their academic studies and professional development, students will recognize digital literacy’s significance in information sharing, community building, citizenship, and education.
    3 Credits
  • Psychology of Play

    General Education

    In the Psychology of Play Course, students explore how the field of psychology values the concept of play as a mechanism that allows a person to apply game strategies to accomplish life goals. Students will be introduced to how the action of play shapes the brain, develops critical-thinking skills, and strengthens the ability to collaborate with others in social and professional settings. By exploring the key works of Jean Piaget, William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Lev Vygotsky, students will learn about the value of play and how to apply techniques of play in developing cognitive strategies to complete creative, professional, and social tasks. Students will utilize the psychology viewpoint of play to examine how this relates to their life, their education, and their chosen creative field.
    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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    Graduation Day

    Graduation Day

    Congratulations, Graduates! Please click here for information regarding ceremony times and more. We are so proud of you! Read More

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    Event Recap: Whiplash Screening and Q&A with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller

    Event Recap: Whiplash Screening and Q&A with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller

    On Tuesday, October 7, The Los Angeles Film School hosted a screening of Whiplash, a film depicting the struggles of a drummer (played by Miles Teller) and his mercurial conductor (played by J.K. Simmons). The film is an intimate illustration of fervent passion and perseverence, and channels remarkable performances by its two leads. Read More

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    Event Recap: I Am Ali Screening

    Event Recap: I Am Ali Screening

    On Monday, The Los Angeles Film School hosted a screening of I Am Ali, followed by a Q&A with writer Leo Quinones. Special thanks to everyone who attended the screening, and check your emails frequently for news regarding upcoming events! Read More

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    You're Invited to Sunscreen Film Festival 2014

    You're Invited to Sunscreen Film Festival 2014

    The second annual Sunscreen Film Festival West is coming up this weekend, October 10-12, and it will be taking place in the South Bay at Hermosa Civic Theater and Hermosa Beach Community Center. Read More

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    You're Invited to Sunset & Dine 2014!

    You're Invited to Sunset & Dine 2014!

    TONIGHT! The Los Angeles Film School proudly invites you to join Sunset & Dine 2014, a culinary event celebrating the best of Los Angeles cuisine.  Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Where: Taglayan Complex 1201 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA Ticket Cost: $25 Read More

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    Social Network Solutions!

    Social Network Solutions!

    In today's world there are dozens of social networks clamoring for our attention, each with its strengths and weaknesses. Here is a breakdown of best practices for updating each network, and maximizing your marketing efforts Facebook Read More

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    You're Invited: Made In America

    You're Invited: Made In America

    A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay Z and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Read More

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    Event Recap: Mall Screening and Q&A with Director / Linkin Park member Joe Hahn

    Event Recap: Mall Screening and Q&A with Director / Linkin Park member Joe Hahn

    On September 23rd, The Los Angeles Film School hosted a screening of the film, Mall. Afterward, Joe Byron, our Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, joined a Q&A with Director / Linkin Park member Joe Hahn to discuss the production of the film. Read More

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    You're Invited to a Screening of Men, Women and Children!

    You're Invited to a Screening of Men, Women and Children!

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    Event Recap: Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

    Event Recap: Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

    On September 19th, The Los Angeles Film School hosted the 2014 Brazilian Film Festival in our THX-Certified Main Theater. Guests from all over the world attended the event, where Brazilian filmmakers celebrated their latest work in our 347-seat theater. Read More

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    Attend a Panel with The Creative Team From The Simpsons!

    Attend a Panel with The Creative Team From The Simpsons!

    The Academy of Scoring Arts is proud to present a very special panel discussion with the creative team from THE SIMPSONS!   Read More

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    You're Invited to a Screening of Mall, followed by Q&A with Linkin Park Bandmember Joe Hahn!

    You're Invited to a Screening of Mall, followed by Q&A with Linkin Park Bandmember Joe Hahn!

    Join Joe Hahn for a very special screening of his feature film directorial debut, Mall. Read More

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    Event Recap: Godzilla screening and Q&A with screenwriter Max Borenstein

    Event Recap: Godzilla screening and Q&A with screenwriter Max Borenstein

    On September 17th, Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein arrived at our campus for a screening of Godzilla. Afterward, a Q&A was held with Jeff Goldsmith, producer and host of the podcast, Backstory. Max imparted on the audience some of the lessons he's learned while writing the film. Read More

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    Event Recap: Kyle Newacheck's Short Film Screening

    Event Recap: Kyle Newacheck's Short Film Screening

    On September 16th, Workaholics creator and Director, Kyle Newacheck returned to our campus for an evening of short and wacky films. His brother, Director Adam Newacheck, joined him, along with LAFS alumnus Jason Alacrity aka Jason Jensen (August 2004). Read More

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    Black List LIVE!

    Black List LIVE!

    Students can receive discount tickets to the Black List Live! event - starring Nathan Fillion, Alison Brie and more! With the code LAFilm, they'll be able to access $20 tickets (that's $15 off!). Read More

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    Global Speed Index Seeks Production Interns

    Global Speed Index Seeks Production Interns

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    Open Night Gala: A John Williams Celebration

    Open Night Gala: A John Williams Celebration

    Opening Night Gala Concert: A John Williams Celebration Tuesday, September 30th – 7:00 PM Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Read More

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    Event Recap: Game Fair

    Event Recap: Game Fair

    On Thursday, August 28, The Los Angeles Film School hosted Game Fair, celebrating the unique gameplay creations designed by students and alumni of The Los Angeles Film School. Spanning an entire day of events, attendees were greeted with the opportunity to play titles on PC's as well as iOS devices. Read More

Program News

  • You're Invited to IndieCade 2014!

    October 3rd, 2014

    What it is: IndieCade is a three day independent game festival full of panels, workshops, and lots of games. We celebrate independent games from around the world and advocate for and with artists, designers, programmers, developers, and storytellers whose projects impact and define a new generation of entertainment.

  • Whelmed Productions Seeks CREW MEMBERS FOR AN UPCOMING SHORT FILM:

    September 29th, 2014

    Whelmed Productions is shooting an ultra low budget short film on November 1, 2, 8, and 9. We are in need of a:- GAFFER- BEST BOY- KEY PA

  • I am MTV Seeks Submissions

    September 26th, 2014

    MTV is now casting for a new project called I AM MTV. We are looking for thenext MTV star and that could be you!!!

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