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Music Degrees and Certificates

Redesigned Degree and New Courses for Fall 2022

The Commercial Music Program is excited to announce the redesign of our Associate of Science degree, launching in Fall 2022. The degree, an A.S. in Music Production Technology, gives students hands-on experience in the business side of the industry through MUSC 118: Music Entrepreneurship and MUSC 220A/B: Music Marketing and Promotion I/II. Five of the music production courses have been revised with improved rigor and expanded content which now makes them transfer to SDSU, saving students time and money. The re-design also expands the live performance course into a four-semester sequence, MUSC 170A-D: Electro-Acoustic Ensemble I-IV. The ensemble will perform at campus and community functions throughout the year.

Important Notes:

  • The content of MUSI 204: Audio System Design and Maintenance has been incorporated into MUSC 162 and MUSC 262. 
  • Students who were enrolled in the Commercial Music Program in Spring 2022 or earlier may complete the requirements of the old degree or the new degree.
  • Commercial Music courses that you have already taken can be substituted for many of the courses in the new degree. (Ex. If you’ve already taken MUSC 50, you wouldn’t need to take MUSC 104.) 
  • The Certificate of Achievement in Audio Production Technology focuses solely on music production. It has been reduced from eight courses to six: MUSC 104, 160, 162, 252, 260, 262.

Schedule Planning

Many 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

Equivalent Old Course

Articulates to SDSU course

MUSC 104

Composition Technology

3

Fall/Spring

MUSC 50 (Reason)

Music 204

MUSC 118

Music Entrepreneurship

3

Spring

MUSC 160

Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music

3

Fall

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 (starting SP23)

MUSC 220B

Music Marketing and Promotion II

2

Fall/Spring (starting SP23)

MUSC 252

Sound Design and Digital Audio Post Production

3

Spring

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

MUSC 82 (Audio Recording)

Music 262

MUSI 108

Music Business

3

Fall/Spring

 

TOTAL CREDITS (plus Gen Ed)

31

 

 

 

 

Suggested Course Sequence for A.S. degree

Year 1, Fall

Year 1, Spring

MUSC 104

MUSC 162

MUSC 160

MUSC 170A

MUSC 220A

MUSC 220B

Year 2, Fall

Year 2, Spring

MUSC 170B

MUSC 118

MUSC 262

MUSC 170C

MUSI 108

MUSC 252

 

MUSC 260

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

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

 

Equivalent Old Course

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

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

Spring

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

MUSC 82 (Audio Recording)

Music 262

 

TOTAL CREDITS

18

 

 

 

Course Descriptions

MUSC 104: Composition Technology (3 units)

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

MUSC 118: Music Entrepreneurship (3 units)

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

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

MIDI production with Apple Logic Pro X. Offered Fall only.

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, beginning Spring 2023.

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 Spring 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 only.

MUSI 108: The Business of Music (3 units)

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

[updated 6/6/2022 by M. Espar]