Department: Fine Arts

The Musical Theater program of study provides students with a background in various aspects of musical theatre performance while preparing them for a career in television, film, and stage performance. Students learn theory and practice in the areas of vocal music, acting, and dance. The program prepares students for employment as actors, musicians, dancers, choreographers, directors, producers, and theatre technicians. Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.) degree.

Students working toward an Audio Engineering Associate of Applied Science degree typically intend to go right into the workplace upon completion of this two-year degree, although some individual courses may transfer to a four-year institution. Students in this program will learn about all aspects of music production, including the fundamentals of analog and digital audio and span live music reinforcement, digital audio recording, critique and analysis of recorded music, and the mixing and mastering process.

Students will be introduced to fundamental music terminology and analysis of instrumentation, form, and production techniques as they apply to popular musical genres. In addition to working in state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully outfitted recording studio and a Pro Tools computer lab, students are given opportunities to apply their skills at department and campus-wide events. Through internships with local music businesses, students gain valuable experience with industry professionals.

Students working towards the Songwriting and Rap Production Certificate typically intend to create professional recordings in a home studio environment, although some individuals may choose to continue their studies by entering the Audio Engineering AAS degree program.

Students in this program will learn about all aspects of music production, focusing on the fundamentals of analog and digital audio and span live music reinforcement, digital audio recording, critique and analysis of recorded music, and the mixing and mastering process as it applies to create and record music in a home studio.

Students will be introduced to fundamental music terminology and analysis of instrumentation, form, and production techniques as they apply to popular musical genres. Students will work in state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully outfitted recording studio, a state of the art production suite and a Pro Tools computer lab.  Through the creation of original recordings students will learn professional techniques that can be applied to any recording environment; from laptops to home studios to high-end recording studios.

The Fine Arts program of study prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions or art schools to continue their studies. The college’s Arts Center facility, overlooking the beautiful Loess Hills, provides a quality learning environment for the arts.

Iowa Western’s Fine Arts program of study will help you paint a rosy future. The program is taught by practicing artists, who help students translate their work to presentation technology. An electronic portfolio of all work is created for interview use or internship opportunities.

Few community colleges offer an art program as large as Iowa Western’s, and the program is integrated with other college departments to provide a well-rounded foundation for our graduates. Students study under instructors who are also practicing professional artists.