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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sound Design program offers students an opportunity to learn concepts associated with Sound Design production and recording arts technologies while applying them in lab settings. Upon completion of the core courses, students will have acquired skills allowing them the opportunity to apply for a broad range of positions in the audio post-production field including: Film and Television, Animation, Radio, Theatre, and Commercial Advertising.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Certificate
- Academic Plan
- Sound Design (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.
- Follow the procedures 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 digidesign pro tools LE package.
- Use recording studio components: speakers, signal processing equipment and electronic keyboards and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (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.
- 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 certificate 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 certificate. 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.
Sound Engineering Technicians
Formal application and admission to the program is required.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- 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 AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|MTC105||Music Theory I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MTC100, or MTC101, or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: MTC106.||RC||3|
|MTC106||Aural Perception I||Corequisites: MTC105.||RC||1|
|MTC191||Electronic Music I||RC||3|
|Studio Music Recording I or Studio Music Recording I||RC||3|
|MTC192||Electronic Music II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MTC191.||RC||3|
|MUC111||Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)||Prerequisites: MUC195, or MUP195AA, or TCM/VPT105, or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|MUC196||Studio Music Recording II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in 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|
|MUC109||Music Business: Content Creation and Copyright||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 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|
|MUC110||Music Business: Marketing and Monetization||RC||3|
|MUC194||Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC111 and MUC196, or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|MUC292||Sound Design III||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC222, or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|MUC297AA||Audio Production Internship||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||RC||1|
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Course Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program area.
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 curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Sound Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=118281).
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|
|2020-2021||(Current) 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|