Sound Design - CCL

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sound Design program offers students an opportunity to learn concepts associated with Sound Design production and recording arts technologies while applying them in lab settings. Upon completion of the core courses, students will have acquired skills allowing them the opportunity to apply for a broad range of positions in the audio post-production field including: Film and Television, Animation, Radio, Theatre, and Commercial Advertising.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

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

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Admission criteria

Formal application and admission to the program is required.

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Program Contacts

Music Department Office
Music Building, Room MUS-139
Phone: (480) 423-6333
Fax: (480) 423-6365

Dr. Adam Stich
Department Co-Chair, Director of Choral Music
Phone: (480) 423-6745

Eric Rasmussen
Department Co-Chair, Director of Instrumental Music
Phone: (480) 423-6723

Ron Marschall
Director Audio Recording Technologies & Music Business
Phone: (480) 423-6466

Michael Barrett
Music Department administrative Specialist
Phone: (480) 423-6333

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MTC101Introduction to Music Theory3
MUC122Sound Design I (3) OR
MTC/TCM120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video (3)3
MTC191Electronic Music I3
MTC192Electronic Music II3
MUC222Sound Design II (3) OR
MTC/TCM220Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video (3)3
MUC109Music Business: Merchandising and the Law3
MUC110Music Business: Recording and Mass Media3
MUC111Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)3
MUC112Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II)3
MUC194Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques3
MUC195Studio Music Recording I (3) OR
MUC195AAStudio Music Recording I (3)3
MUC196Studio Music Recording II3
MUC297AAMusic Internship1
MUC292Sound Design III3
  • 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. (MTC191, MTC192, MTC/TCM120, MUC122, MTC/TCM220, MUC222)
  • Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production system. (MTC191, MTC192, MTC/TCM120, MUC122, MTC/TCM220, MUC222)
  • Follow the procedures 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)
  • 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)
  • Apply pro tools editing and recording using the digidesign pro tools LE package. (MUC111, MUC112)
  • Use recording studio components: speakers, signal processing equipment and electronic keyboards and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) equipment in a studio recording session. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196, MUC292)
  • Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196)
  • Use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians. (MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC196)
  • Produce and engineer a recording project from pre-production through delivery of the final mix. (MUC194, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC292)
  • Integrate human relations, communication, and technical skills as an intern in an appropriate business or industry. (MUC297AA)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.