2016-2017 Student Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2016-2017 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Audio Recording and Production, Certificate

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Certificate
HEGIS Code:            5008
SUNY Code:             2078
Major Code:             ARPC

The Career

The Audio Recording and Production certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in audio recording and production. This program will prepare students to take the AVID Pro Tools certification exams at the beginning and intermediate levels culminating in the ability to qualify as an AVID Pro Tools Operator. Pro Tools is the industry standard for digital audio recording for music and audio post production. The AVID Pro Tools certification shows that a student is a leader with the ability to successfully implement and operate Pro Tools within any professional environment.

The NCCC Approach

The certificate program requires 31-credit hours of course work. Students will receive broad-based training in music recording and mixing, location sound, commercial production, audio for video and television, record production and live sound reinforcement.

The Audio Recording and Production certificate program will be attractive to both recent high school graduates as well as community members already working in related fields. This certificate program can be a student’s first step toward a career in the recording industry or can serve as a means for working professionals to gain recognized credentials in sound recording. Skills in audio recording and production can lead to employment in music recording and sound design in:

  • sound recording firms
  • concert production companies
  • theatre companies
  • film and video production and post-production houses
  • multimedia production companies
  • churches
  • recording studios
  • theme parks


Students are admitted in fall, spring and summer.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students with the necessary skills for entry-level positions in audio recording or production
  • To provide students with a thorough understanding of digital recording software programs and their application in audio recording and production
  • To facilitate the student’s creative application of digital recording techniques in audio recording and production
  • To provide practical hands-on experience in the use of digital recording software for creating audio recordings

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Create a block diagram of a typical sound system to demonstrate an understanding of signal flow
  • Demonstrate the use of audio recording and production equipment
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles of digital audio recording
  • Use digital recording software to record, mix, edit, master and process audio
  • Integrate digital recording and midi sequencing into one audio production
  • Plan and execute a complete recording session including the final mixdown
  • Use critical listening skills to make appropriate audio production decisions
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles and application of electronic music in audio recording and production

Program Requirements (ARPC)

  1. A total of at least 31-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the certificate.
  2. Audio Recording and Production: A minimum of 15-credit hours to include:
  3. Music: A minimum of 12-credit hours to include:
  4. Arts & Media  Elective:  A minimum of 3-credit hours.
  5. Free Elective: A minimum of 1-credit hour.


Typical Program

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.