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Diploma: Recording Engineer Course (Production)

The Music Production diploma program is specially designed to equip you with the technology skills and hands-on experience to begin or advance your career as a music producer. This short-term program  can be completed in as little as 12 months and features an intensive music theory and practical engineering curriculum designed for aspiring music producers who:

  • Want to study both music production and audio engineering to advance their career
  • Have some previous work experience, OR
  • Previously completed a degree in a field other than music

By completing a diploma in Music Production, you’ll also be prepared to continue your studies in pursuit of an A.A.S. or bachelor’s degree in either Music Production or Audio Engineering.


45 Credits (42 major, 3 elective)

1st Semester

  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • REC 113R Recording Theory I (2)
  • REC 113C Consoles (1)
  • REC 113MI Microphones (1)
  • REC 114RL Recording Lab I (2)
  • REC 116 MIDI Production Techniques (2)
  • BUS 118 Music Industry Economics (3)

Total Credits: 15


2nd Semester

  • MUS 121 Music Theory II 2
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II 1
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II 1
  • REC 123R Recording Theory II 1
  • REC 123M Mix Theory I 1
  • REC 124RL Recording Lab II 1.5
  • REC 124ML Mix Lab I 1.5
  • REC 207 Sound Design for Music Production 1
  • MUS 118 History of American Popular Music 3
  • *** *** Elective from any area 1

Total Credits: 14


3rd Semester

  • MUS 211 Music Theory III 2
  • MUS 208 Ear Training III 1
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing 1
  • MUS 200K Keyboard Lab III 1
  • REC 205 MIDI Systems 2
  • REC 233R Recording Theory III 1
  • REC 233M Mix Theory II 1
  • REC 234RL Record Lab III 1.5
  • REC 234ML Mix Lab II 1.5
  • REC 236 DAW Editing I 1
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry I 1
  • *** *** Elective from any area 2

Total Credits: 16


Overall Credits: 45 – 42 major, 3 electives

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

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