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Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester!

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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 high quality audio recordings and live production mixes, which demonstrate proper microphone selection and placement, plus signal flow and processing.
  2. Recognize the best practices of effective production in a range of genres of music in both MIDI and non-MIDI environments.
  3. Apply fundamental knowledge of digital recording electronics and operation of a minimum of two contemporary audio recording and processing Digital Audio Workspace (DAW) software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and aesthetics of electronic music through practical application of basic digital audio theory, the processes of music synthesis and audio effects.
  5. Evaluate merits of recording outcomes through development of critical listening with an understanding of technical goals and aesthetic considerations appropriate for multiple genres.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of multi-media content delivery.
  7. Identify different audio career paths and the skills necessary to be successful in the varied career paths in the audio industry.
  8. Develop fundamental entrepreneurial skills, including an online presence and a basic promotional strategy adaptive to market demands.

Recording Arts Jobs & Annual Salaries


Entry Average Experienced
Sound Engineering Technician $31,263
$52,986
$63,848
Broadcast Technician $27,185
$51,227
$63,248
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment, 2018
 

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