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.


Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

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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

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply music notation including pitch, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, time signatures, and rhythm.
  2. Apply aural skills necessary to hear relationships of intervals, rhythms, melody, and harmony in music.
  3. Apply basic computer literacy skills, including generic applications and music-specific programs with hands-on experience.
  4. Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production system.
  5. Follow the procedures to copyright a song, publish it, and select an appropriate performance rights agency.
  6. Locate and use different levels of music industry professionals including entertainment attorneys, managers, agents, and concert promoters.
  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.
  8. Apply pro tools editing and recording using the digidesign pro tools LE package.
  9. Use recording studio components: speakers, signal processing equipment and electronic keyboards and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) equipment in a studio recording session.
  10. Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios.
  11. Use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians.
  12. Produce and engineer a recording project from pre-production through delivery of the final mix.
  13. Integrate human relations, communication, and technical skills as an intern in an appropriate business or industry.
Admission Criteria

Formal application and admission to the program is required.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MTC105 Music Theory I RC 3
MTC106 Aural Perception I RC 1
MTC191 Electronic Music I RC 3
MUC195AA or
Studio Music Recording I or Studio Music Recording I RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MTC192 Electronic Music II RC 3
MUC111 Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I) RC 3
MUC196 Studio Music Recording II RC 3
MUC122 or
MTC120 or
Sound Design I or Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video or Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video RC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUC109 Music Business: Merchandising and the Law RC 3
MUC112 Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II) RC 3
MUC222 or
MTC220 or
Sound Design II or Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video or Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video RC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUC110 Music Business: Recording and Mass Media RC 3
MUC194 Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques RC 3
MUC292 Sound Design III RC 3
MUC297AA Audio Production Internship RC 1
Program Area Key

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Sound Design (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site 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.