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Audio Production Technologies

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Audio Production Technologies program offers students hands-on study of audio engineering and related media fields. Students learn and apply the concepts and theories associated with music recording, live sound reinforcement, and sound design. The program is designed to give students foundational knowledge and experience essential in the field of audio production. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is also available.


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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Academic Plan
Audio Production Technologies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective term
Fall 2022

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

This program replaces: CCL/5686 Sound Design

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of music and sound.
  2. Apply audio engineering and/or sound design techniques using current industry standard technologies.
  3. Demonstrate effective written, oral, visual, interpersonal and collaborative skills to build relationships and network with diverse clients, colleagues, and organizations.
  4. Employ basic computer literacy skills to general and audio-specific applications.
  5. Demonstrate the initiative and ability to adapt to new technologies.
  6. Demonstrate effective troubleshooting methods in a variety of contexts.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics, relevant intellectual property laws, rights management, publishing, licensing, and contracts.
  8. Critically analyze media for their social, cultural, aesthetic, and historical significance.
  9. Using a fundamental understanding of scientific inquiry, solve problems within the discipline.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MTC101 Introduction to Music Theory Critical course Gateway course 3
MTC191 Electronic Music I 3
MUC195 or
Studio Music Recording I or Studio Music Recording I 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I 3
MTC192 Electronic Music II 3
MUC111 Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I) 3
MUC196 Studio Music Recording II 3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUC109 Music Business: Content Creation and Copyright 3
MUC194 Audio Mixing Techniques 3
Specialization Specialization Option 3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUC110 or
Music Business: Marketing and Monetization or Recording Studio Business Operations 2–3
MUC297AA Audio Production Internship 1
Specialization Specialization Option 3

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Audio Production Technologies (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.