About Sound Recording Arts

Find your way to an awesome career in the audio industry. Learn how to record and mix music to become an audio professional.

Find satisfying work in your own home studio business, in a production house, or in any number of companies that have a media department. We have a hands-on Sound Recording Certificate program that will teach you all the needed skills.

Sound Design: If you have ever wondered how sound works in your favorite TV show, film, video game, or podcast, join us in our Sound Design Certificate Program. Learn how to use professional audio recording equipment, and state of the art software to create, design, manipulate, and mix sound effects, music, and dialog in post-production.

Live Sound: Gain all the skills needed to become a live sound engineer in our Live Sound Certificate program. You will quickly be wiring up sound systems in class, using a digital live-sound console, and mastering the networking systems used to put them all together. Our state of the art gear teaches the newest technical skills needed to mix high quality sound in any venue. Earn a Live Sound Certificate and get your dream job! Make music come alive on stage for an audience, while enjoying concerts.

Audio Visual Technologist: Be the wizard behind the scenes who wows the crowd at big events like your favorite concert or sports team. Use your skills to earn a good income in high paying, and even union jobs. AV Techs work just about everywhere: in AV Integration Companies, Manufacturing Companies, Tech Companies, Educational Institutions, and in Hospitals and Hospitality!

Students new to college and media studies should earn the Foundations in Broadcast Electronic Media Certificate alongside the video options. This gives the student a complete base of understanding of the industry.

Explore Potential Careers

Student works in sound recording class

Studying Sound Recording Arts can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Audio production for television
  • Multimedia and video production
  • Live sound mixing and engineering for theater, music, and other performing arts
  • Entrepreneurial projects
  • Technology and corporate media departments
  • Sound Recordist
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Foley Editor
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Music Recording Engineer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Supervisor

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

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BCST 120 Audio Production 4  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication  
BCST 100 or BCST 110 or CINE 21 Introduction to Electronic Media or Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media or Introduction to Film Studies 3  

Total Units: 14-16 

Semester 2

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BCST 140 or BCST 141 or CINE 24 Studio Video Production or Field Video Production Basic Film Production 3  
BCST 100 or BCST 110 or CINE 21 Introduction to Electronic Media or Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media or Introduction to Film Studies 3  
CSU GE Area B4 Math / Quantitative Reasoning 3-8  
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3-4  
CSU GE Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development 3  

Total Units: 15-21 

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Major Requirement - Area 1 See Counselor 3-4  
CSU GE Area B1 Physical Science 3-6  
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3  
CSU GE Area C2 Humanities 3-5  
POLS 1 U.S. Government 3  

Total Units: 15-21

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Major Requirement - Area 2 See Counselor 3  
CSU GE Area B2 Life Science 3-6  
CSU GE Area B3 Lab Activity (To Be Taken with Course from B1 or B2) 1  
Additional Area C1 or C2 See Counselor 3-5  
CSU GE Area D Social Sciences 3  
CSU GE Area D Social Sciences 3  

Total Units: 16-21

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Sound Recording Arts programs at the following institutions: 

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.