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AAS - Audio Production Technologies

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Audio Production Technologies program offers students an opportunity to receive training on industry-standard equipment. Students learn the concepts and theory associated with recording arts technologies while applying them in lab settings appropriate to their skill levels. The program is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge, competency, and experience important in the commercial music marketplace.
Major Code: 3024
Award: AAS
First Term: 4136
Total Credits: 62
Program Last Updated in MCCCD Records: Mar 28th, 2013
Prerequesites: None
Required Courses: 37-41 credits
MTC101 Introduction to Music Theory or higher level Music Theory 3
MTC103 Introduction to Aural Perception or higher level Aural Perception 1
MTC191 Electronic Music I 3
MTC192 Electronic Music II 3
MUC109 Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
MUC110 Music Business: Recording and Mass Media (3) OR
MUC145 Recording Studio Business Operations (2) 2-3
MUC111 Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I) 3
MUC112 Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II) 3
MUC195 Studio Music Recording I (3) OR
MUC195AA Studio Music Recording I (3) 3
MUC196 Studio Music Recording II (3) OR
MUC196AA Studio Music Recording II (3) 3
MUC297AA Music Internship 1
Select one (1) of two (2) tracks:
Track I: Audio Production: Credits: 9
MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I 3
MUC198 Live Sound Reinforcement II 3
MUC295 Studio Music Recording III 3
Track II: Sound Design: Credits: 12
MUC122 Sound Design I (3) OR
MTC/TCM120 Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video (3) 3
MUC222 Sound Design II (3) OR
MTC/TCM220 Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video (3) 3
MUC194 Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques 3
MUC292 Sound Design III 3
Restricted Electives: None
Free Electives: None
General Education Requirement: 25-28 credits
General Education Core: 12-15 credits
First Year Composition: 6 credits
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area.
Oral Communication: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.
Critical Reading: 0-3 credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment
Mathematics: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education Distributed Credits: 13 credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 credits
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
MHL140 or MHL145 or MHL153 recommended.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural Sciences: 4 credits
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Program Competencies:
  1. Apply music notation including pitch, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, time signatures, and rhythm. (MTC101)
  2. Apply aural skills necessary to hear relationships of intervals, rhythms, melody, and harmony in music. (MTC103)
  3. Apply basic computer literacy skills, including generic applications and music-specific programs with hands-on experience. (MTC/TCM120, MUC122, MTC/TCM220, MUC222, MUC295)
  4. Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production system. (MTC/TCM120, MUC122, MTC191, MTC192, MTC/TCM220, MUC222)
  5. Identify the procedure to copyright a song, publish it, and select an appropriate performance rights agency. (MUC109, MUC110)
  6. Locate and use different levels of music industry professionals including entertainment attorneys, managers, agents, and concert promoters. (MUC109, MUC110, MUC145)
  7. Market musical products in such areas as music arranging/composing, score preparation, recording technology, audio engineering, postproduction for film and television, and the advertising industry. (MUC109, MUC110, MUC145)
  8. Apply pro tools editing and recording using the digidesign pro tools LE package. (MUC111, MUC112)
  9. Use recording studio components: speakers, signal processing equipment and electronic keyboards and MIDI equipment in a studio recording session. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC196AA, MUC292)
  10. Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC196AA)
  11. Use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC196AA)
  12. Set up sound reinforcement systems for mixing live performances with various styles of music. (MUC197, MUC198)
  13. Apply concepts of signal flow for concert sound and placement of consoles, loudspeaker arrangements and microphones. (MUC197, MUC198)
  14. Produce and engineer a recording project from pre-production through delivery of the final mix. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC194)
  15. Integrate human relations, communication, and technical skills as an intern in an appropriate business or industry. (MUC297AA)