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Earn Your Diploma or Minor in Hip-Hop Studies

Hip-Hop Studies Diploma

The intensive Hip Hop Studies program is designed to help you grow as an artist and develop your skills as a writer, producer and performer. You’ll learn firsthand how to engineer and record your own music and make your own beats using the latest music hardware and software. Through workshops and classes like Emcee Techniques and the Language of Rap and Spoken Word, you’ll get valuable feedback from industry pros to help sharpen your lyric writing, delivery and flow. You’ll also learn essential music business skills like management, contract law, booking, marketing and promotion, giving you the knowledge and experience to thrive as an independent artist and entrepreneur.

By building a solid musical foundation combined with an understanding of music technology and the entertainment industry, you’ll be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths.

Ready For The Real World

As a Hip-Hop Studies major you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment. You’ll gain stage experience through the many live performance opportunities on campus and around the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. You’ll also have access to state-of-the-art studios and skilled session musicians as you write, produce and record your own material. During your time in the program, you’ll build a portfolio of work that showcases your talent and highlights your technical abilities. You’ll also create a press kit and develop a social media strategy to help promote your audio resume and market yourself as an artist.

You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. And with access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as an emcee, deejay or producer, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of music. That’s why our Hip-Hop Studies diploma program focuses on developing your creativity while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to reach your goals and establish your career.

With a comprehensive education that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll be ready to make and sustain a life in music.

Your Career Path

Graduates of the Hip-Hop Studies program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Emcee/Musician
  • Music/Record Producer
  • Event Deejay
  • Artist Management
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Social Media Development
  • Author/Poet
  • Radio/TV/Web Series Host
  • Community Education
  • Teaching Artist