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Submitter's Information


Marie Boyd


Curriculum Chair


Inland Empire/Desert


Chaffey College

CTE Dean

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Joy Haerens

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Program Details

Program Title

Recording Arts Technician

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Commercial Music (100500)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Recording Arts Technician Certificate is a one-year program that is designed to give students relevant information to enter the field of Recording Arts as an engineer or technician in sound-related recording environments. Students will create and analyze recordings, furthering their own creative process as an engineer and producer of music in the field of recorded sound. Students completing this certificate have made significant progress towards the Commercial Music A. S. degree at Chaffey College.

Enrollment Completer Projections
Recording Arts Technician Certificate of Achievement
CB01: COURSE DEPARTMENT NUMBER 2015/2016 Sections 2015/2016 Successful Completers 2016/2017 Sections 2016/2017 Successful Completers 2017/2018 Sections 2017/2018 Successful Completers
MUSIC 5 4 86 4 73 4 79
MUSIC 6 2 35 2 33 2 23
MUSIC 16 2 24 2 38 2 41
MUSIC 17 2 26 2 26 2 29
MUSIC 18 1 10 1 13 1 12
COMSTD 8 42 986 38 775 24 506
Degrees and Certificates 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Associate in Arts (AA-T) Degree in Music for Transfer 0 1 2 9
Commerical Music Associate in Science (AS) Degree  0 1 2 4

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

Upon the successful completion of the InteriorDesign Visual Communication Certificate of Achievement, students shall be able performtasks such as the following:

  • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing such activities as selecting and setting up microphones.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds during the mixing or postproduction stage.



Students will develop a base knowledgein the following areas:

  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.


Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

MUSIC5 Music Theory and Musicianship I                         4 units

MUSIC16 Introduction to Recording Arts                            3 units

MUSIC17 Electronic Music                                                    3units

MUSIC18 Computer Assisted Recordingand Editing          3 units

COMSTD8 Fundamentals of SpeechCommunication          3 units

Total Units 16

(Y1 or S1)

Program Requirements
Recording Arts Technician Certificate of Achievement
Requirements Course Name Units Sequence
MUSIC 5 Music Theory and Musicianship I  4 Fall 2019- 2 sections Spring 2020 - 2 sections
MUSIC 16 Introduction to Recording Arts  3 Fall 2019 -  2 sections Spring 2020 - 2 sections
MUSIC 17 Electronic Music 3 Fall 2019 - 2 sections Spring 2020 - 2 sections
MUSIC 18 Computer Assisted Recording and Editing  3 Fall 2019 - 0 sections Spring 2020 - 2 sections
COMSTD 8 Fundamentals of Speech Communication  3 Fall 2019- 7 sections Spring 2020 - 8 sections
Semester 1 : 6-9 UNITS
Semester 2: 7-10 UNITS

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11/27/18 - 03:18 PM



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Diann Thursby Super User   ·  12/04/18

Received regional recommendation at 12-03-18 IEDRC Deans Meeting.