Mar 28, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Media Music: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 67 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
The AAS in Media Music is designed to prepare students to work professionally as music producers, composers, songwriters and/or arrangers in the music and multimedia industries. In addition to a basic core of musical skills, students receive training and gain experience creating music using electronic and acoustic instruments for use in a variety of professional and commercial settings from film scores and commercial music productions to music for video games and other multimedia projects. They also receive training in business and entrepreneurship as it applies to the music industry and build a portfolio of projects that they can use to apply those entrepreneurship skills in pursuing work in the industry.

Career Opportunities
Students completing the degree program will have received training that will help to prepare them to work as a freelance composer, songwriter and/or arranger. Students may also find work in a recording studio, working as a studio musician developing MIDI-based recordings to combine with acoustic elements of digital recording. However, a large percentage of those who make their living in this field are self-employed and work on a contract basis. For this reason, an important part of the course requirements is designed to teach students the kinds of skills they will need to be successful as freelance artists. Additional freelance work may be found in the related fields of sound design/synthesis and digital audio recording engineering (although the Music Recording Technology degree is designed to give more specialized training in the audio recording area).

Transfer & Articulation Information
The core of classes of the Media Music AAS, also required for the Music AS degree, have been articulated with all state-sponsored higher education institutions in the state of Utah.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:  
Course fees: $150
Supplies: $3000

While not required for completion of the program, any professional composer of media music will need to buy equipment for his own MIDI project studio eventually. The estimated minimal costs for such equipment and related software is at least $3,000 (and will grow from there as they acquire more equipment over time). Ownership of this equipment as a student would be helpful to the student’s success but is not required as all of the required equipment is available for use in on-campus computer labs.

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Program Entry Requirements
A musical background with performance experience including basic piano/keyboard skills and the ability to read music notation are desirable and will benefit students entering the program. Students with insufficient prior preparation may be required to take MUSC 1100 Intro to Music Theory before being allowed to begin taking the required courses in Music Theory. Students with insufficient piano/keyboard skills may be required to take MUSC 1150  and MUSC 1160  to complete the piano proficiency requirement. Contact Thomas Baggaley:

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Human Relations (HR): FA 1025

Fine Arts (FA): MUSC 1010  or
          MUSC 1030  or
                         MUSC 1040

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in music composition for both acoustic and electronic instruments. [1,5]
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative team environment on professional-quality music projects for both musical and non-musical clients. [1,2,4,5]
  • Demonstrate the development of professional-quality specialization within the field of music composition and production. [1,2,4,5]
  • Demonstrate the appropriate entrepreneurial skills necessary for a freelance artist including but not limited to portfolio development, networking, promotion/marketing and basic business accounting. [1,5]
  • Demonstrate proficiency in academic understanding of the basic structures of music including the ability to compose and analyze music according to common theoretical practices generally accepted in the music industry. [1,2,3,4,5]
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to fluently read and write music notation in accordance with practices generally accepted in the music industry. [1,2]
  • Demonstrate proficiency in musical performance with appropriate expression, accuracy and artistic value. [1,2,3,4,5,6]