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Music Degrees and Certificates

Awards Offered

The Commercial Music Program at San Diego City College offers an A.S. in Music Production Technology as well as a Certificate of Achievement in Audio Production Technology. Please see below for the courses required for each award.

  • NOTE: Students who were enrolled in the Commercial Music Program in Spring 2022 or earlier may complete the requirements of the old A.S. or the new one. Please contact a Music faculty member for details.

Schedule Planning

Some courses are only offered one semester per year. To help you reach your academic goals at City College as efficiently as possible, please take a look at the table below to see which courses will be offered when. For questions about selecting Music and Commercial Music courses, please contact Professor Bob Kostlan (rkostlan@sdccd.edu) or Associate Professor Mike Espar (mespar@sdccd.edu). For registration questions, please contact CityCounseling@sdccd.edu.

 

Associate of Science in Music Production Technology (effective Fall 2022)

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Semester(s) Offered

Retired Course Substitution*

Articulates to SDSU course

MUSC 104

Composition Technology

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 50 (Reason)

Music 204

MUSC 118

Music Entrepreneurship

3

Fall

MUSC 160

Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 84 (Logic Pro)

Music 160

MUSC 162

Introduction to Recording and Sound Reinforcement

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 80 (Pro Tools)

Music 162

MUSC 170A

Electro-Acoustic Ensemble I

1

Fall/Spring

MUSC 70 (Ableton Live)

(Ensemble credit)

MUSC 170B

Electro-Acoustic Ensemble II

1

Fall/Spring

(Ensemble credit)

MUSC 170C

Electro-Acoustic Ensemble III

1

Fall/Spring

(Ensemble credit)

MUSC 220A

Music Marketing and Promotion I

2

Fall/Spring 

MUSC 220B

Music Marketing and Promotion II

2

Fall/Spring 

MUSC 252

Sound Design and Digital Audio Post Production

3

Fall 

MUSC 152 (Sound/Music for Film and Video Games)

MUSC 260

Intermediate Electro-Acoustic Music

3

Spring

MUSC 95 (Pure Data, Max for Live)

Music 260

MUSC 262

Intermediate Recording and Sound Reinforcement

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 82 (Audio Recording)

Music 262

MUSI 108

Music Business

3

Spring

 

TOTAL CREDITS (plus Gen Ed)

31

 

 

 

*Course Substitutions: A student who enrolled in Commercial Music courses in Spring 2022 or earlier may follow the previous A.S. degree requirements. Current courses may substitute for the retired courses listed in this chart. Such substitutions will require the student to petition for a Modification of Major. Please consult a Music faculty member and/or an academic counselor for further details about this process.

 

Suggested Two-Year Course Sequence for A.S. degree

Topic

Year 1, Fall

Year 1, Spring

Production

MUSC 104 (Reason)

MUSC 160 (Logic Pro)

Business

MUSC 118 (Entrepreneurship)

MUSI 108  (Business)

Performance

MUSC 170A (Ableton Live)

MUSC 170B (Ableton Live)

Topic

Year 2, Fall

Year 2, Spring

Production

MUSC 252 (Film/TV/Game Audio)

MUSC 260 (Pure Data, Max for Live)

Business

MUSC 220A (Marketing/Promo)

MUSC 220B (Marketing/Promo)

Studio/Live Sound

MUSC 162 (Pro Tools)

MUSC 262 (Pro Tools)

Performance

MUSC 170C (Ableton Live)

 

 
Certificate of Achievement in Audio Production Technology (effective Fall 2022)

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

 

Retired Course Substitution

Articulates to SDSU course

MUSC 104

Composition Technology

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 50 (Reason)

Music 204

MUSC 160

Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 84 (Logic Pro)

Music 160

MUSC 162

Introduction to Recording and Sound Reinforcement

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 80 (Pro Tools)

Music 162

MUSC 252

Sound Design and Digital Audio Post Production

3

Fall

MUSC 152 (Sound/Music for Film and Video Games)

MUSC 260

Intermediate Electro-Acoustic Music

3

Spring

MUSC 95 (Pure Data, Max for Live)

Music 260

MUSC 262

Intermediate Recording and Sound Reinforcement

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 82 (Audio Recording)

Music 262

 

TOTAL CREDITS

18

 

 

 

Course Descriptions

MUSC 104: Composition Technology (3 units)

Computer-based music production basics using Reason Studio Reason. Offered Fall and Spring.

MUSC 118: Music Entrepreneurship (3 units)

An exploration of techniques for developing your own music career. Offered Fall only.

MUSC 160: Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music (3 units)

MIDI production with Apple Logic Pro X. Offered Fall and Spring.

MUSC 162: Introduction to Recording and Sound Reinforcement (3 units)

Fundamentals of AVID Pro Tools, the industry-standard digital audio workstation. Prepare for the Pro Tools User Certification Exam (optional). Offered Fall and Spring.

MUSC 170A-D: Electro-Acoustic Ensemble I-IV (1 unit)

Live electronic music performance with Ableton Live. Offered Fall and Spring.

MUSC 220A-D: Music Marketing and Promotion I-IV (2 units)

Hands-on experience promoting and marketing live performances and recordings. Offered Fall and Spring.

MUSC 252: Sound Design and Digital Audio Post Production (3 units)

Create and edit audio for visual media such as film, television and video games. Offered Fall only.

MUSC 260: Intermediate Electro-Acoustic Music (3 units)

Create original software devices and explore more sophisticated aspects of computer-based music creation with Cycling 74 Max for Live while assembling a portfolio of professional-level work. Offered Spring only.

MUSC 262: Intermediate Recording and Sound Reinforcement (3 units)

Record full live bands in the recording studio using AVID Pro Tools. Offered Fall and Spring.

MUSI 108: The Business of Music (3 units)

A survey of the structure of the music industry and related legal and financial issues. Offered Spring only.  

[updated 9/25/2023 by M. Espar]