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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Recording Arts

Career/Technical
AA Degree in Recording Arts
Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts
Certificate in Recording Arts for Musicians

Recording Arts Program
Daniel Donnelly, Chair (530) 895-2880
Department Office: ARTS 224 (530) 895-2404
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Recording Arts program provides students with fundamental to advanced knowledge and understanding of audio recording techniques and applications. Students learn audio recording methods and how to operate the equipment used in a professional recording studio. Courses include theory, performance, industry standard recording software and hands-on exposure to production processes including tracking, overdubbing, mixing and mastering by participating in recording sessions.

The program prepares students for a host of careers within and beyond the recording studio, including but not limited to Assistant Engineer, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Booking Technician, Audio/Visual Technician, Studio Owner, Information Technology Specialist and Customer Service Representative, Video Game Audio Engineer, and TV and Film Audio Engineer.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AA Degree in Recording Arts 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Make technically competent recordings of real instruments in a studio setting
  • Utilize computer-based music software for electronic music composition
  • Effectively edit and mix electronic compositions and studio recordings
  • Analyze the fundamental concepts of audio theory
  • Demonstrate proper etiquette and work ethic appropriate to a professional audio environment
Required courses for the major: 25.5 Units

MUS 10 Music Theory I Has corequisite(s)3
MUS 11 Musicianship I Has corequisite(s)1
MUS 12 Music Theory II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)3
MUS 13 Musicianship II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)1
MUS 21 Guitar II Has prerequisite(s)1
  or MUS 31 Voice II (1)Has prerequisite(s)
  or MUS 41 Piano II (1)Has prerequisite(s)
MUS 54 Studio Recording I Has prerequisite(s)4
MUS 55 Studio Recording II Has prerequisite(s)4


Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts 25.5 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Make technically competent recordings of real instruments in a studio setting
  • Utilize computer-based music software for electronic music composition
  • Effectively edit and mix electronic compositions and studio recordings
  • Analyze the fundamental concepts of audio theory
  • Demonstrate proper etiquette and work ethic appropriate to a professional audio environment
Required courses for the certificate:
MUS 10 Music Theory I Has corequisite(s)3
MUS 11 Musicianship I Has corequisite(s)1
MUS 12 Music Theory II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)3
MUS 13 Musicianship II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)1
MUS 21 Guitar II Has prerequisite(s)1
  or MUS 31 Voice II (1)Has prerequisite(s)
  or MUS 41 Piano II (1)Has prerequisite(s)
MUS 54 Studio Recording I Has prerequisite(s)4
MUS 55 Studio Recording II Has prerequisite(s)4


Certificate in Recording Arts for Musicians 17.5 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze the signal flow within a typical recording studio.
  • Plan and employ the use of digital mixing consoles for audio recording.
  • Operate digital multitrack recorders, software recording applications and digital audio workstations.
  • Compare and set up digital signal processing used for audio enhancement.
  • Formulate and implement effective recording session techniques.
Required courses for the certificate:
MUS 10 Music Theory I Has corequisite(s)3
MUS 11 Musicianship I Has corequisite(s)1
MUS 54 Studio Recording I Has prerequisite(s)4
Select 2 courses from the following:2

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