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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Audio Production Technologies program offers students an opportunity to receive training on industry-standard equipment. Students learn the concepts and theory associated with recording arts technologies while applying them in lab settings appropriate to their skill levels. Students completing the Audio Production program will gain the knowledge base, competency, and confidence they need to enter the commercial music marketplace. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is also available.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Certificate
- Academic Plan
- Audio Production Technologies (CCL)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Apply music notation including pitch, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, time signatures, and rhythm.
- Apply aural skills necessary to hear relationships of intervals, rhythms, melody, and harmony in music.
- Apply basic computer literacy skills, including generic applications and music-specific programs with hands-on experience.
- Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production system.
- Identify the procedure to copyright a song, publish it, and select an appropriate performance rights agency.
- Locate and use different levels of music industry professionals including entertainment attorneys, managers, agents, and concert promoters.
- Market musical products in such areas as music arranging/composing, score preparation, recording technology, audio engineering, postproduction for film and television, and the advertising industry.
- Apply Pro Tools editing and recording using the Avid Pro Tools software application.
- Use recording studio components: speakers, signal processing equipment and electronic keyboards and MIDI equipment in a studio recording session.
- Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios.
- Use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians.
- Set up sound reinforcement systems for mixing live performances with various styles of music.
- Apply concepts of signal flow for concert sound and placement of consoles, loudspeaker arrangements and microphones.
- Produce and engineer a recording project from pre-production through delivery of the final mix.
- Integrate human relations, communication, and technical skills as an intern in an appropriate business or industry.
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
Sound Engineering Technicians
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|MTC101||Introduction to Music Theory||RC||3|
|MTC191||Electronic Music I||RC||3|
|Studio Music Recording I or Studio Music Recording I||RC||3|
|Electronic Music II or Recording Studio Business Operations||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MTC191. or No requisites||RC||2–3|
|MUC109||Music Business: Merchandising and the Law||RC||3|
|MUC111||Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)||Prerequisites: MUC195, or MUP195AA, or TCM/VPT105, or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|Studio Music Recording II or Studio Music Recording II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC195 or MUC195AA. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC195 or MUC195AA.||RC||3|
|MUC110||Music Business: Recording and Mass Media||RC||3|
|MUC112||Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II)||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC111, and (MUC195 or MUC195AA).||RC||3|
|Sound Design I or Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video or Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video||No requisites or Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in TCM100 and TCM136) or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in TCM100 and TCM136) or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|Sound Design II or Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video or Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video||Prerequisites: MUC122. Prerequisites or Corequisites: MTC191, or MUC111, or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MTC/TCM120 or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MTC/TCM120 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques or Sound Design III||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC111 and MUC196, or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (MTC192, MTC/TCM220, MUC112, MUC196, and MUC222), or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|MUC297AA||Audio Production Internship||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||RC||1|
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Program Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
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 program website for the Certificate of Completion in Audio Production Technologies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=108462).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|