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. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MTC101Introduction to Music Theory or higher level Music Theory3
MTC191Electronic Music I3
MTC192Electronic Music II3
MUC109Music Business: Merchandising and the Law3
MUC110Music Business: Recording and Mass Media (3) OR
MUC145Recording Studio Business Operations (2)2-3
MUC111Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)3
MUC112Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II)3
MUC195Studio Music Recording I (3) OR
MUC195AAStudio Music Recording I (3)3
MUC196Studio Music Recording II (3) OR
MUC196AAStudio Music Recording II (3)3
MUC297AAMusic Internship1
Select one (1) of two (2) tracks:
Track I: Audio Production: Credits:9
MUC197Live Sound Reinforcement I3
MUC198Live Sound Reinforcement II3
MUC295Studio Music Recording III3
Track II: Sound Design: Credits:12
MUC122Sound Design I (3) OR
MTC/TCM120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video (3)3
MUC222Sound Design II (3) OR
MTC/TCM220Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video (3)3
MUC194Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques3
MUC292Sound Design III3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area. COM110 recommended.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 13
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 6
Any approved general education courses from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. MHL140 or MHL145 or MHL153 recommended.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area. PSY101 recommended.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Apply music notation including pitch, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, time signatures, and rhythm. (MTC101)
  • Apply aural skills necessary to hear relationships of intervals, rhythms, melody, and harmony in music. (MTC101)
  • Apply basic computer literacy skills, including generic applications and music-specific programs with hands-on experience. (MTC/TCM120, MUC122, MTC/TCM220, MUC222, MUC295)
  • Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production system. (MTC/TCM120, MUC122, MTC191, MTC192, MTC/TCM220, MUC222)
  • Identify the procedure to copyright a song, publish it, and select an appropriate performance rights agency. (MUC109, MUC110)
  • Locate and use different levels of music industry professionals including entertainment attorneys, managers, agents, and concert promoters. (MUC109, MUC110, MUC145)
  • 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)
  • Apply Pro Tools editing and recording using the Avid Pro Tools software application. (MUC111, MUC112)
  • Use recording studio components: speakers, signal processing equipment and electronic keyboards and MIDI equipment in a studio recording session. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC196AA, MUC292)
  • Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC196AA)
  • Use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC196AA)
  • Set up sound reinforcement systems for mixing live performances with various styles of music. (MUC197, MUC198)
  • Apply concepts of signal flow for concert sound and placement of consoles, loudspeaker arrangements and microphones. (MUC197, MUC198)
  • Produce and engineer a recording project from pre-production through delivery of the final mix. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC194)
  • Integrate human relations, communication, and technical skills as an intern in an appropriate business or industry. (MUC297AA)
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: Track I - Audio Production Track: GC, MC, PC, PV, SC Track II - Sound Design Track: GC, MC, PC, PV, SC

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