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 200Audio Production3
MUSA 210Audio for Multimedia3
MUSA 220Sound Design for Live Performance3
MUSA 250Audio Capstone3
Required Electives
Select 6 units from the following6
Small Business Management
Electronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)
Electronic Circuits (AC)
Music Fundamentals for Musicians
Songwriting
Work Experience in Audio Arts
Introduction to Electronic Media
Beginning Radio Production
Stagecraft
Total Units36

Program Learning Outcomes

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
MUSA 100 Fundamentals of Audio Technology 3 3
MUSA 110 Acoustics for Audio Production 3 3
MUSA 120 Electronic Music 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
MUSA 100, 110, 120 must be taken together 0  
 Units13
Winter Term 1
MUSA 150 Audio Recording 3 3
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3 3
 Units6
Spring Term 1
MUSA 160 Live Sound Engineering 3 3
MUSA 200 Audio Production 3 3
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 3 3-4
6 electives units MUS 2-THRT 14 4  
based on career interest: refer to notes based on career interest: refer to notes  
 Units9-10
Summer Term 1
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3 3
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course 1 3
 Units6
Fall Term 2
MUSA 130 Business of Audio Production 3 3
MUSA 210 Audio for Multimedia 3 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5 5
6 electives units MUSA 230-BUSM 66 6  
based on career interest: refer to notes based on career interest: refer to notes  
 Units11
Winter Term 2
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4 4
 Units4
Spring Term 2
MUSA 220 Sound Design for Live Performance 3 3
MUSA 250 Audio Capstone 3 3
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3 3-5
C1Arts: select one from MUS 11A-MUS 15 5  
 Units9-11
Summer Term 2
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3 3
Audio Arts, AS S0434 4  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Units3
 Total Units61-64
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