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Music & Recording Arts Technology

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

Recording Arts Degree

A.A.S. in Recording Arts Technology

60 credits
(4 semesters)

An A.A.S. degree in Recording Arts Technology puts you in the workforce quickly. Students build digital literacy skills in audio recording, digital editing, audio production, audio post production, live sound engineering, and film, theater, and video sound production. 

Recording Arts Technology degree: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Larimer Campus only.

 Music Degree

A.A. in Music

60 credits
(4 semesters)

You can earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with Music designation at FRCC and transfer as a junior to Colorado public four-year schools.

A.A. Degree in Music: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Larimer campus only.

Transfer Options

With this A.A. Music degree you can enter as a junior majoring in Music at the following four-year schools:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

See more about transferring.

Recording Arts Certificates

Foundations of Recording Arts Technology

11 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate introduces students to sound engineering. It’s ideal for elementary and secondary music teachers who need to learn about recording arts technology/sound engineering. The program is designed for students who are working full-time and/or attending school part-time. All credits can be applied to the Recording Arts Technology certificate. 

Foundations of Recording Arts certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

Offered at Larimer & Westminster campuses only.

Recording Arts Technology

28 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to work in the music industry. Students learn digital literacy skills, including audio recording, digital editing, audio production and post production, live sound engineering, and film, theater and video sound production.

Recording Arts Technology certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Larimer & Westminster campuses only.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  1. Create professional-level audio recordings and live production mixes, including microphone selection and placement, mixing console signal flow, gain staging, metering, monitor mixing, and system troubleshooting.
  2. Apply fundamental knowledge of digital electronics and operate contemporary audio recording and processing software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and Reason.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with practical application of basic digital audio theory, including the impact of sample rate and bit depth on the sonic image, dithering, metering, use of digital effects plug-ins, audio editing tools and format conversion, and digital file management best practices.
  4. Evaluate merits of recording outcomes with an understanding of the technical goals and aesthetic considerations appropriate for contemporary genres.
  5. Possess competency and knowledge of multimedia, synchronization of audio with video, and content delivery.
  6. Develop an understanding of the history of aesthetics of electronic music.
  7. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of signal processing using analog electronics.
  8. Demonstrate effective production of electronic music in both MIDI and non-MIDI environments.
  9. Distinguish different audio career paths and the knowledge of paths to follow needed to be successful in the audio industry.

Recording Arts Jobs & Annual Salaries

Entry Average Experienced
Sound Engineering Technician $31,263
Broadcast Technician $27,185
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment, 2018

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