In response to globally expanding communication environments, coupled with interest from students, industry, and the public, the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts has implemented a new Bachelor of Music degree program in Digital Audio Arts (DAA).

Beginning in September 2009, the Digital Audio Arts program is unique to Western Canada as the only undergraduate degree program of its kind.

“Building on the U of L’s highly successful Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media, this innovative degree major will produce graduates who are experts in music technology and whose skills integrate with visual media, audio, and advanced research, matching the needs of industry today and into the future,” said Dr. Rolf Boon, a Digital Audio Arts faculty member in the Department of Music, and director of the Audio Research Lab at the University of Lethbridge.

The Bachelor of Music in Digital Audio Arts is a demanding degree major that combines academic courses with rigorous hands-on training for careers in the digital arts such as: audio production, composition (film and electronic), sound engineering, advanced audio synthesis, multi-media sound design, software design for music applications, sonic art, technology in education and the potential for graduate research in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences.

Digital Audio Arts majors have the opportunity to apply their production skills to enhance the studies and artistic experiences of students in music performance, video, film, and digital animation streams at the U of L.

Students who earn a Bachelor of Music in Digital Audio Arts will graduate with a distinctive degree and a professional level portfolio for presentation to graduate schools and prospective industry employers.

Program reviewers from leading Canadian universities have enthusiastically welcomed the new program.

"The University of Lethbridge and its Faculty of Fine Arts are the gems of Canadian education,” said Wieslaw Woszczyk, a James McGill Professor in the Department of Music Research at Montreal’s McGill University. “This is the Canadian model of a leading-edge liberal arts university that can attract talented students from around the world.”

Michael Matthews, a Professor of Music Composition at the University of Manitoba said the degree program is both valuable and timely, and responds to the growing demand for expertise in the field of music technology. “That the education will be provided within a liberal arts environment is a tremendous plus. Lethbridge has the potential to become one of the most important music technology centres in Canada,” Matthews said.

Additional information about the Bachelor of Music in Digital Audio Arts at the University of Lethbridge is available: www.digitalaudioarts.ca

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