Audio Arts (AS Degree S0434)

Arts Division 

The Audio Arts degree provides students with conceptual, technical, and creative skills necessary for employment in audio-related positions in a variety of industries. These industries include, but are not limited to, music, film, TV, radio, animation, gaming, theater, event management, theme parks, commercial installations, and integrated systems. The program provides training in audio production, engineering, and business for recordings, live events, and multimedia. 

Students who successfully complete the Associate's of Science program will be able to:

  1. Collaborate effectively in the development of high-quality audio productions.
  2. Lead and manage complex audio productions. 
  3. Develop audio productions for a specified purpose in a variety of settings.
  4. Analyze and critique audio productions in their historical and cultural context.
  5. Analyze emerging technology and industry developments to make strategic decisions. 
  6. Operate advanced audio systems in recording, live, and multimedia settings. 
  7. Apply technical knowledge and skills to the development of high-quality audio productions.
  8. Apply creative audio techniques to the development of effective audio productions. 

While the audio job market is competitive and position placement is in no way guaranteed, successful graduates will gain competitive skills necessary for pursuing entry-level employment as a (n):

  1. Producer or director
  2. Studio, mix, or live sound engineer 
  3. Sound designer or arranger
  4. Sound editor
  5. Entertainer or performer 
  6. Audio and video equipment technician 
  7. Media and communication worker
  8. Communication equipment operator

Required Courses 

Course Prefix Course Name Units
MUSA 100Fundamentals of Audio Technology3
MUSA 110Acoustics for Audio Production3
MUSA 120Electronic Music3
MUSA 130Business of Audio Production3
MUSA 150Audio Recording3
MUSA 160Live Sound Engineering3
MUSA 200Studio Engineering3
MUSA 210Audio for Multimedia3
MUSA 220Sound Design for Live Performance3
MUSA 250Audio Capstone3
Required Electives
Select 6 units from the following6
Beginning Radio Production
Electronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)
Electronic Circuits (AC)
Small Business Management
Work Experience in Audio Arts
Music Theory
Musicianship Fundamentals
Introduction to Electronic Media
Total Units36

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