Audiovisual Production

Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Audiovisual Production Program prepares students for careers in the ever-evolving media industry. The Audiovisual Production Program blends music production, sound design and video technology to create compelling multimedia content for all forms of visual media including web, video, film, animation, mobile technology, and games. Whether you’re a musician looking to make better videos for the web, a game designer searching for better sound or your goal is to make feature films, Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Audiovisual Production Program will provide you with the skills needed to succeed.

With small class sizes and a dedicated faculty, students are immersed in a curriculum that models the workflow of professional media production. The Audiovisual Production Program provides hands-on training utilizing industry-standard technology while focusing on professional best practices to build a music production and sound design portfolio that demonstrates a broad range of creative skill sets including video editing, music composition, and sound design.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in creating original music and audio that supports the visual narrative.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in short-form video production & editing, media delivery formats, and audiovisual workflow.
  • Recognize and observe professional best practices in the audiovisual field, including the various roles in film, audio engineering, and media.
  • Produce a final portfolio and resume suitable for entry-level employment in the audiovisual field.

Critical Thinking Skills
Communication Skills
Teamwork Skills
Social Responsibility Skills
Personal Responsibility Skills
Proficiency with single and multi-camera systems
Experience as a member of a film crew.
Film editing using a Non-Linear Editing System.
Enhancing and driving the visual narrative of a film through music
Lighting and set designing
Ability to play piano and understand music technology
Operate professional recording studio equipment.

Career Information

Potential employment opportunities for students with a degree in Audiovisual Production include studio recording, sound design for film and television, sound design and video editing for web content. Music programming, music production, radio/broadcast board operation, multimedia composition, audiovisual equipment installation/repair/maintenance and sound design/video editing for games and mobile applications. Potential employers include media production companies, entertainment venues, recording studios, community groups, theaters, advertising agencies, publishing companies, game development/design companies, museums, schools, and more.

Job and Wages


Recommended Program of Study: Associate of Applied Science
Course Title SCH
First Semester
COMM 1336 Video Production I 3
MUSC 1325 Acoustics 3
MUSI 1327 Audio Engineering I 3
MUSI 1181 Piano Class I 1
MUSC 1303 Fundamentals of Music 3
Second Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MUSC 1331 MIDI 3
MUSC 2327 Audio Engineering II 3
MUSI 1182 Piano Class II 1
MUSI 1310 American Music 3
RTVB 2330 Film and Video Editing 3
Summer Semester
  Social/Behavior Science Course 3
Third Semester
FLMC 2335 Screenwriting for Features, Shorts and Documentaries 3
MUSC 1196 Special Topics in Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1
MATH 1314 or MATH 1332 College Algebra or Quantitative Reasoning 3
MUSC 2347 Audio Engineering III 3
MUSC 2351 Audio for Video 3
SPCH 1315 or SPCH 1321 Public Speaking or Business & Professional Communication 3
Fourth Semester
FILM 2330 Audio Post Production 3
MUSB 1305 Survey of the Music Business 3
MUSC 2330 Commercial Music Arranging and Composition 3
RTVB 2340 Portfolio Development 3
Total   60

Recommended Program of Study: Certificate
course title sch
First Semester
MUSC 1325 Acoustics 3
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering I 3
MUSI 1181 Piano Class I 1
MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Music 3
MUSI 1310 American Music 3
Second Semester
MUSB 1305 Survey of Music Business 3
MUSC 1211 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training I 2
MUSC 1213 Commercial Music Theory I 2
MUSC 1331 MIDI I 3
MUSC 2327 Audio Engineering II 3
MUSI 1182 Piano Class II 1
Total   27

What will my average annual income look like as an audio engineer? 

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, those working in the field of audiovisual production can expect to earn a mean hourly wage of $36.10 per hour and earn a mean annual salary of $75,090. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of audiovisual production is predicted to undergo 4.3% growth from 2012 – 2022. 

Does Lamar State College Port Arthur have recording studios?

There are three professional recording studios that are available to all students enrolled in the Commercial Music Program. In addition to the recording studios, Lamar State College Port Arthur has both a Mac based music production/programming and video editing lab and a PC based music composition lab. 

What type of equipment will I be able to use at Lamar State College Port Arthur?

You will learn to use industry standard audio and video recording, editing and mixing equipment. Students work with the latest in digital audio workstations like Reason, Logic and Pro Tools/Pro Tools HD as well as industry standard non-linear video editing software like Adobe Premier and Avid Media Composer.  

How much studio time will I have access to?

Students are able to book up to nine hours of studio time and nine hours of lab time per week and can book studio time up to two weeks in advance.

How long will it take to complete the degree?

It typically takes two years to complete an Associates of Arts and Science in Audiovisual Production.

What types of courses are in the degree plan?

This degree requires courses in basic piano, music arrangement, sound synthesis, sound design, audio post production, video editing, video production, electronic music composition, music programming, music business, studio recording and audio mixing and mastering.

Do you have job placement assistance?

Lamar State College-Port Arthur does provide job assistance.  The college has a job board that all students can access throughout their time at school.  Upon graduation, you can provide the job placement office with a current resume, and they will send it out to prospective employers. The faculty in the Commercial Music Department will work with you to make you aware of positions that match your skill sets.

Do you offer internships for this degree?

There are internship opportunities for all audiovisual production students.  Typically during your final two semesters on campus, you will work as an intern at a local recording studio, broadcast studio or for a production company.  This internship experience can be placed on your resume as professional experience. Many internships have led to networking opportunities, part-time employment and full-time employment.

No more than 60-66 semester credit hours (SCH) fromLSCPA will be applied to a Bachelor degree at Lamar University.

An additional 60 SCH or more must be completed to satisfy the bachelor degree requirements.

Students may pursue a Bachelor of Communication withan emphasis in Broadcasting, Film, or Film Studies.

Students may also pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Film, Cinematography, Sound Design for Visual Media, or Audio/Radio Production.

Matt Roe

Caleb Fontenot

Carl Richardson

Audio Engineering Society Student Chapter (AES)

Electronic Music Foundation Student Chapter (EMF)

Cinema Audio Society (CAS)

Student Testimonials

Below are testimonials from students in the Audiovisual Production Program and Sound Engineering Program.

“My experience at Lamar State College Port Arthur has been great. The teachers are fun to be around and are very helpful. I like that Lamar State College Port Arthur is a small school because it makes for a very personal college experience.”

Nathan Ingalls Spring 2015

“Here, at Lamar State College Port Arthur, all classes are major-specific, informative, applicable, and standardized to prepare one for the real world. The quality of faculty is excellent and the atmosphere provided is one where students are allowed to flourish and do not feel stifled by the overwhelming pressure of school.”

Joshua Birdsong Spring 2015

“The instructors in the Commercial Music Department are very professional and have a great deal of experience in the fields that they are teaching. My time at Lamar State College has prepared me for a future in the music industry where I can apply all of the skills I have developed and information I have learned.”

Brandon Boze Spring 2015

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Associate of Applied Science



  • Dr. Blas A. Canedo-Gonzalez
  • Chair of Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center Building, Office 144
  • 409-984-6547

Academic Transfer Degree

Students may pursue a Bachelor of Communication withan emphasis in Broadcasting, Film, or Film Studies.


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