The Audio and Music Engineering (AME) Program combines studies in engineering and applied sciences with music and audio production to give students a technically rigorous, design-based education in the field of audio, music and sonic engineering.
The curriculum is built on a foundation of basic math and science and integrates elements of music, audio content production, acoustics, fundamental engineering science, signal processing hardware and software, electronics, and software engineering.
Through a series of design- and project-based classes integrated with their other coursework, students build a project portfolio throughout their studies, which is then capped by a senior design project.
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For more detailed information about the Audio and Music Engineering Program here at Rochester, check out the AME Curriculum Guides below (PDF) and and the program objectives page in the Quick Links below.
AME Curriculum Guide Class of 2020-2022*
*This guide sets forth the requirements for the AME major for students in the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. The AME curriculum was revised substantially in 2019. AME students in the classes of 2021 and 2022 may choose to follow either the old requirements given in this guide or the new revised requirements given in the “Revised Audio and Music Engineering Curriculum Guide' below.
**Please note that the AME Curriculum was revised substantially in 2019. AME majors in the class of 2023 and beyond must satisfy the new revised requirements set forth in this edition of the AME Curriculum Guide.
Multiple student advising resources are available including:
- The primary faculty advisor assigned to each AME student in their First year
- The AME Program Undergraduate Coordinator (Barbara Dick)
- The AME Program Chair (Mark Bocko)
- The Hajim School Dean’s Office advising staff (Lisa Norwood)
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Students requiring assistance should first consult their primary faculty advisor or the AME program undergraduate coordinator.
Students should meet with their faculty advisor to:
- Discuss their program plans
- Declare majors and minors
- Drop and add courses
- Transfer credits from other institutions
- Register for independent study credits
- Explore study abroad options
- Arrange internships and fellowships
- Petition for cluster exceptions
The AME Program Chair must review and approve all transfer courses.
If a student wishes to take a course at another institution to satisfy an AME degree requirement, prior approval is required and proper supporting documentation about the course must be submitted to the AME Program Undergraduate Coordinator.
Music Engineering Information
A Course Approval Form, available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Office, is to be used for this purpose. Students are strongly advised to seek the advice of their advisor before registering for a course at another institution. Completed forms will be forwarded to the Undergraduate Program Chair for action.