Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recording Arts & Sciences, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science | REC.ARSC.AAS | Career Program | CIP Code: 10.0203


Visit Center for Performing Arts, Room 327 or call 301-546-0954 for your faculty advisor.


Program Description

The recording arts and sciences program prepares students for a career in music recording, producing, mixing and editing. Students will apply their knowledge of engineering and acoustics to software and hardware applications used in music production. This scientific approach will be combined with developing students’ artistic skills through focusing on music theory and songwriting. Furthermore, students will also explore music business and entrepreneurship. This program’s emphasis on music production techniques will prepare graduates to enter the music field ready to make an impact on the entertainment industry.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Recording Arts & Sciences Program will be able to:

  1.  Apply sound engineering principles to solve audio engineering problems.
  2. Apply music production, engineering or acoustic principles to music creation.
  3. Evaluate the sound components during the recording process to achieve the desired  musical production.
  4. Demonstrate industry safety procedural standards in the studio environment.
  5. Utilize principles of song structure and music theory.
  6. Apply general business principles in copyright, publishing and marketing to the music  business.

Sequence of Study

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

Need Help?

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