Recording Arts and Technology

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: William Kinney, M.A.(Acting)

Department Chair: Rebecca Wolneiwicz, Ph.D.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 702B, (619) 482-6372

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Prepares students for employment in studio recording, television, and film sound production. The program builds on their recording industry technical education in recording arts and recording technology. In addition, the program contributes to the student’s financial independence, career success, and allows them to take key roles within the digital audio recording and sound mixing fields.

Career Options

Students constantly need to sharpen their skills to increase their employability in the ever changing economy. These majors provide the student with technical knowledge coupled with creative skills expanding their career options, financial stability and increasing their competitive advantage in the job market.

Students who receive an A.S. degree in Recording Arts & Technology provide them with an in-depth understanding of digital audio engineering for studio recording, television, and film sound production and career opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Recording Arts and Technology 02538
Certificate of Achievement
Recording Arts and Technology 02537

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

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Faculty

James Henry, B.A.
jhenry@swccd.edu

RA&T 100

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $12.5

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the computer's role in music, synthesizer parameter definition, sequencers, editors, and notation programs. Provides computer-assisted instruction in music theory. [D; CSU] (Same as: MUS 100)

RA&T 105

ELECTRONIC MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces branches of electronic music and the composers that developed the style. Includes hands-on use of computer based DAW software (Digital Performer), Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing software and hardware synthesizers like the Roland Juno-D, used in contemporary computer-based music production. [D; CSU] (Same as: MUS 155)

RA&T 110

MUSIC BUSINESS/CAREER OVERVIEW

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the business aspects of music, with an emphasis on copyright law, production, contract law, personal management, professional organizations, and other elements of music which account for success in the music industry. [D; CSU] (Same as: MUS 150)

RA&T 120

RECORDING TECHNIQUES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: FTMA 101.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces audio recording with an emphasis on current digital recording techniques, equipment, and practices. Focuses on the physics of sound propagation, psychoacoustics, microphones, mixers, signal processing, and historical perspectives on analog, digital and HD audio recording, and multi-track recording and mixing. [D; CSU] (Same as: FTMA 111;MUS 151;TELE 151)

RA&T 121

AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY I

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: RA&T 120 or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the non-linear and digital recording techniques with an emphasis on the development of advanced recording skills, including digital multi-track recording, large format consoles automated mixing, and digital editing. Includes the practical application of learned skills in diverse recording projects. [D; CSU]

RA&T 122

AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY II

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: RA&T 121 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Investigates the artistic and aesthetic differences between mixing the elements of live sound and recorded sound, and how these differences can be enhanced. Enables students to envision recording devices as musical instruments. [D; CSU]

RA&T 123

AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY III

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: RA&T 122 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Investigates the artistic and aesthetic differences between mixing the elements of live sound and recorded sound, and how these differences can be enhanced. Enables students to envision recording devices as musical instruments, with an emphasis on developing critical and analytical listening skills. [D; CSU]