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 an understanding of how businesses related to the DJ profession are organized and operated in this highly competitive and rapidly changing profession.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Develop a specific public relations program for a DJ promotion.
  2. Detect, through listening, rhythmic errors in a musical fragment.
  3. List structural characteristics of a melody.
  4. Describe the responsibilities of professional agents, artist management, and arts administration.
  5. List the organizations and the procedures which govern music copyrighting, licensing, and publishing.
  6. Describe marketing practices, production, and merchandising in the record industry operations.
  7. Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song's composition relates to segueing.
  8. Explain the process of determining a song's beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres.
  9. Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable.
  10. Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs.
  11. Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience.
  12. Describe and perform basic scratching techniques.
  13. Explain and demonstrate exercises and practices.
  14. Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image.
  15. Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces.
  16. Identify and describe proper electrical connections.
  17. Explain the uses of equalizers and frequencies.
  18. Demonstrate speaker placement, and identify load impedance.
  19. Describe the factors taken into consideration when working with various loudspeakers and monitors.
  20. Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit during the semester.
  21. Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs.
  22. Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence materials.
  23. Apply communication skills for employment interviews and in marketing DJ mixes, recordings, and performances.
  24. Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file.

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should choose six (6) to eleven (11) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree.
COM/THP271Voice and Diction3
COM225Public Speaking3
DAN102AAHip Hop I1
DAN103AABreak Dancing I1
DAN106AALatin I1
HRM145Events Management3
MHL145American Jazz and Popular Music3
MHL153Rock Music and Culture3
MKT210Applied Marketing Strategies3
MTC105Music Theory I3
MTC106Aural Perception I1
MTC191Electronic Music I3
MTC192Electronic Music II3
MUC111Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)3
MUC112Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II)3
MUC130Music Electronic Components3
MUC139Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques3
MUC194Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques3
MUC195Studio Music Recording I3
MUC196Studio Music Recording II3
MUC209Music Industry Entrepreneurship3
MUC237Electronic Dance Music Production3
MUC295Studio Music Recording III3
TCM100Digital Multimedia3
TCM101Fundamentals of Radio and TV3
MTC/TCM120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video3
TCM131AARadio-Television Announcing4
TCM202The Music Video4
MTC/TCM220Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video3
TCM290Professional Media Marketing3

Free Electives

Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education course from the First Year Composition area.6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area not taken as a restricted elective.3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4

This Associate in Applied Science is associated with


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Major: 3159
First Term: 2019 Spring
Final Term: 2020 Summer
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-65
CIPS code: 50.0913
SOC codes: 27-2091
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - MC, SC
Occupational Area: Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 01/13/2020