Associate in Applied Science in Disc Jockey Techniques

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Disc Jockey Techniques

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts


This degree has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


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

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Disc Jockey Techniques program is designed to prepare students for employment as a live-performance disc jockey (DJ). This program is designed to provide the student with the technical skills required for a successful performance or production and to demonstrate an understanding of common business practices in a highly competitive and rapidly changing entertainment industry. There are Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Disk Jockey Techniques I and Disc Jockey Techniques II available.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the values and ethics that influence the creation of a live performance event.
  2. Develop and demonstrate the technical skills required for a successful Disc Jockey performance or production.
  3. Demonstrate interpersonal and collaborative skills to build relationships and network with clients, colleagues, and organizations.
  4. Develop opportunities for leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the music industry.
  5. Critically analyze and synthesize musical content for social, cultural, aesthetic, and historical significance.
  6. Evaluate and apply marketing strategies to build a brand (e.
  7. Interpret and explain intellectual property law, rights management, publishing, licensing, and contracts.
  8. Apply common business practices used in the entertainment industry.
  9. Demonstrate self-reliance, problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently.
  10. Use effective written, oral, and visual communication skills for diverse audiences and a variety of purposes.

Required Courses Credits: 35

MHL204Hip-Hop Music and Culture3
MUC109Music Business: Merchandising and the Law3
MUC110Music Business: Recording and Mass Media3
MUC135Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques3
MUC136Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ3
MUC137Digital DJ Performance Techniques3
MUC138Disc Jockey Laboratory1
MUC139Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques3
MTC191Electronic Music I3
MUC197Live Sound Reinforcement I3
MUC293Self-Promotion for Music1
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations (3)
HRM145Events Management (3) OR
GBS151Introduction to Business (3)3

Restricted Electives

Students should choose six (6) to nine (9) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree.
MTC101Introduction to Music Theory3
MTC192Electronic Music II3
MUC195Studio Music Recording I (3) OR
MUC195AAStudio Music Recording I (3)3
MUC198Live Sound Reinforcement II3
MUC237Electronic Dance Music Production3

Free Restricted Electives


General Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 16-21
First-Year Composition Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL(3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral Communication Credits: 0
Met by COM110 or COM225 or COM230 in the Required Courses area.
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
Math Credits: 3-5
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Higher level course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-5)3-5
Humanities, Arts and Design Credits: 0
Met by MHL204 in the Required Courses area.
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
Social-Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3

This Associate in Applied Science is associated with


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Major: 3159
First Term: 2020 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-62
CIPS code: 50.0913
SOC codes: 27-2091, 27-2041.04, 27-2042.02
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: - MC, SC
Occupational Area: Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
Instructional Council: Music (41)
GPA: 2.00