Associate in Applied Science in Disc Jockey Techniques

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts


This degree has an associated pathway map with a course sequence. We recommend using it as reference instead of the course list below.

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.


Details icon Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:

Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Disc Jockey Techniques (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Program Notes

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

What You’ll Learn

This degree 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.g., advertising, social media campaigns, public relations, interactive media, digital media).
  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

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MHL204Hip-Hop Music and Culture3
MUC109Music Business: Content Creation and Copyright3
MUC110Music Business: Marketing and Monetization3
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

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
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 Electives

Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 16-21
General Education CoreCredits: 9-14
First-Year CompositionCredits: 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 CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM110 or COM225 or COM230 in the Required Courses area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 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
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by MHL204 in the Required Courses area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4

Meet with an Advisor

Become a Student

Click here for MCC’s easy-to-use Enrollment Steps.

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

This Associate in Applied Science is associated with


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD's curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Disc Jockey Techniques (

Full Award Details

First Term
2020 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
27-2091.00, 27-2041.04, 27-2042.02
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
Last Updated