Audio Production Certificate (Career)

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Program Manager: Dr. Todd Campbell
Phone: 301.624.2844

Program Description

Prepares the core skills needed to function in and prepare students for entry into the growing audio production profession. Audio production requires creative problem-solving rooted in a strong conceptual and practical foundation. In hands-on classes, students explore the concepts, tools, and techniques of the audio industry using hardware and software they will encounter in the workplace.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate command in the operation of industry standard hardware and software.
  • Assimilate the responsibilities and standards associated with the professional audio industry by participating in an internship.
  • Research and execute music productions in a variety of genres.
  • Develop effective problem solving and critical thinking through the application of fundamental acoustic principles.
  • Plan and execute music productions that reflect an awareness of current industry aesthetic values and quality standards.
  • Evaluate music productions using the fundamental principles of aural and written music theory.

Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements
MUSC 103Fundamentals of Music3
MUSC 106Ear Training and Musicianship I 11
BMGT 109Entrepreneurship and Small Business Enterprise3
MUSC 130Foundations of Audio Technology3
MUSC 135Audio Recording Techniques (Spring)3
MUSC 145Publishing, Licensing, and Copyrighting3
MUSC 230Studio Recording Techniques (Fall)3
MUSC 235Advanced Audio Production (Spring)3
MUSC 240MIDI Music Production Techniques (Fall)3
INTR 101Internship1
or MUSC 250 Music Industry Practicum and Seminar (Fall)
Total Credits26

MUSC 103 Fundamentals of Music may be taken concurrently with MUSC 106 Ear Training and Musicianship I with the permission of the program manager.

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
MUSC 103 Fundamentals of Music 3
MUSC 130 Foundations of Audio Technology 3
MUSC 145 Publishing, Licensing, and Copyrighting 3
Recommended Second Semester
MUSC 135 Audio Recording Techniques (Spring) 3
MUSC 235 Advanced Audio Production (Spring) 3
MUSC 106 Ear Training and Musicianship I 1 1
BMGT 109 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Enterprise 3
Recommended Third Semester
MUSC 230 Studio Recording Techniques (Fall) 3
MUSC 240 MIDI Music Production Techniques (Fall) 3
Select one of the following: 1
Music Industry Practicum and Seminar (Fall)  
 Total Credits26

MUSC 103 Fundamentals of Music may be taken concurrently with MUSC 106 Ear Training and Musicianship I with the permission of the program manager.

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.