Department of Entertainment Industry

Course Descriptions

ENT 225 (3 credits) Survey of the Music Industry. Various aspects of the music industry are covered including music publishing, the record company, studio techniques, and production. (Fall, Spring)


ENT 235 (3 credits) Audio in a Multimedia Environment. An introduction to digital audio workstations and desktop audio production. Students will gain an understanding of the methods, practices, and software integrating audio into modern multimedia. Course fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

ENT 300 (3 credits) Songwriting and Analysis. The art, craft, and business of writing contemporary popular songs is studied through analysis of popular songs on the music trade publication charts, practical original song composition, and participation in listening workshop experiences. Prerequisite: MU 100 or equivalent, or departmental approval. Special Fee: $30.00. (Offered on sufficient demand)

ENT 325 (3 credits) Music Publishing.
Covers publishers’ and writers’ obligations, different forms and laws of copyright protection, royalties, and foreign publishing. Prerequisite: ENT 225. (Fall)

ENT 329 (3 credits) Record Company Operations.
How recordings make their way through marketing, promotion, publicity, and distribution. Topics include major, independent, DIY labels, the recording contract, income associated with the artist and the record product. Prerequisite: ENT 225. (Spring)

ENT 335 (3 credits) Survey of Audio Recording.
Audio recording techniques of professional studio recording are studied including basic audio electronics, analog and digital tape machines and related outboard recording gear, microphones, studio set-up; and recording, mixing, editing, and engineering functions of studio recording. The relative place and significance of recording studio operations is presented. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

ENT 345 (3 credits) Artist Management and Touring.
An analysis of the performing artist’s management team and income streams associated with personal appearances, including discussions of contractual considerations. Topics include representation, talent agencies, and touring. Prerequisite: ENT 225. (Spring)

ENT 425 (3 credits) Recording Techniques.
The technical characteristics, appropriate functioning, and skill-development associated with all components of the recording studio will be studied including such topics as digital and analog recording, studio maintenance, mixing, overdubbing, editing, tape machine alignment, recording session engineering and control room tuning. Prerequisite: ENT 335. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall)

ENT 426 (3 credits) Production.
Production roles, artist roles, and financial roles from conception to the finished recording. Students are responsible for finding recording artists and completing the pre-production, in-studio, and post-production phases of the recording process. Prerequisite: ENT 335. Special Fee: $30.00. (Spring)

ENT 430 (3 credits) Music Technology and MIDI.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) instrumentation and their application to practical recording use will be studied including sampling, synthesized sound generation, computers and orchestral instrument sound generators. Practical recording exercises will follow student creative project preparation. Prerequisite: ENT 335. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall)

ENT 435 (3 credits) History of Popular Music.
Study of the history and culture of popular music from minstrelsy through the various styles of blues, jazz, rock and other significant popular genres to the present day. Traces the development of business, technology and significant individuals in the music business. (Fall)

ENT 470W (3 credits) Entertainment Industry Law.
A study of procedures, principles, and practices of law and management in the entertainment industry including such areas as intellectual property rights, artists, contracts and negotiations, and other legal and managerial issues associated with the performing arts. Preparation of papers on related issues. Prerequisite: ENT 225. (Spring)

ENT 480 (3 credits) Senior Seminar.
This course has three major components. Focus on preparation, review, and completion of an exit exam. Extensive preparation and counseling for internship experience and placement. Completion of entertainment industry related capstone project or paper. Prerequisites: ENT core and senior standing. (Fall, Spring)

ENT 490 (1-3 credits) Special Topics.
Topics selected for investigation and reports from the field of entertainment with departmental approval. May be repeated, but may not exceed a total of three semester hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ENT 492 (1-3 credits) Singing River Records.
Training and practical experience in the making and marketing of recordings. Students run the record company as a business with actual profits and/or losses. Prerequisite: departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

ENT 495 (3 credits) Entertainment Internship/Practicum.
Selected problems and practice emphasizing actual professional work situations in the field of entertainment through special study, projects or field experience under departmental supervision and evaluation. May be repeated once. Prerequisites: completion of all entertainment course work and at least 100 semester hours toward the degree plus departmental approval. (Fall, Spring, Summer)