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Stanford University

Careers in Media Technology

Stanford University via Kadenze


Explore how leading audio, music, and video technology companies bring products from idea to market, and discover your career options in the industry! In five 30- to 60-minute sessions, you’ll gain insight into daily life at companies such as Adobe, Universal Audio, iZotope, and more. Learn from professionals who design, engineer, manage, and market leading creative technologies. Examine best practices and responsibilities of various industry roles. Hiring managers will share secrets in navigating the hiring process. And, get your questions answered by our mentor network of creative tech experts and entrepreneurs, who will be online to offer advice in AMA’s and one-on-one office hours.

Continue learning about the creative technology industry in our companion course, Inside the Music and Video Technology Industry.


Session 1: Overview 
This session takes you behind-the-scenes into how the media technology industry really works. We’ll provide a high-level overview of the media technology industry - focusing on the music technology space! We introduce a variety of roles in industry and explore the types of companies available for your future careers. Session 2: Product Management 
We'll look at how media technology companies develop products that consumers love. How do they determine what new products to develop? Or what the new features are? Who makes those decisions? And how do I get to be that person! Session 3: Program Management 
Program management is the secret to helping you deliver on time, on budget, in a scalable, repeatable manner! We'll introduce the Agile methodologies used to help companies like Adobe coordinate a product release with over 1,000 team members and millions of lines of code. Students will learn the key traits of a program manager or scrum master. Session 4: User Experience 
With computing everywhere we go - smart phones, tablets, browser and cloud, desktop, and hardware - product design is everywhere we look. We explore how designers approach the layout, look and feel, and implementation of some of your favorite mobile apps and software. Our mentors provide advice on getting jobs in this competitive space! Session 5: Software Engineering 
Applications like Pro Tools and iZotope RX are used by professionals all around the world - and they need to be easy to use and almost crash-proof. How do software engineers manage millions of lines of code, written over 10 years, with dozens of engineers continuously modifying, updating, and creating new functionality across Windows, OS X, about about 10 plug-in formats? We conclude by offering advice for aspiring software engineers.

Taught by

Jay LeBoeuf



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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Ok this course really surprised me because I never knew that most of those positions and roles existed in this industry. But, as someone who is already interested in Product Design, this course gave me super valuable tips on what kind of things I can do to add to my portfolio. Also, getting to talk with senior product designers at some top media companies was a chance I would have never got otherwise. Thanks for the free course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was really well produced. The Filming seemed like a movie crew made the course. This material is so what I wanted to learn at my own school. Guess i should have applied to Stanford.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I can't believe I get to meet all these famous people from Silicon Valley in this course! Jay is very connected.

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