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Study digital audio production at JCC

Audio brings your creative project to life. At Jamestown Community College, you can complete a certificate in Digital Audio Production and use digital technology to create your own projects as well as audio for media consumed every day, such as film, television, video games, and radio.

JCC’s certificate program emphasizes courses in music technology and audio recording, rhetoric of sound, music theory and history, essential piano skills, and more. You’ll also develop a broad knowledge of the humanities, social sciences, and computer science so that you’ll have both hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Our Mac computer lab and digital recording studio allow you to gain experience working with industry standard software to produce, edit, mix, and master professional quality multi-track recordings. You can apply these skills to your own music as well as a wide variety of other projects. Regardless of major, students interested in music technology and recording are encouraged to take a course or two and hone their skills in JCC’s music facilities.

The certificate prepares you for entry-level employment in digital audio production, or for transfer into a bachelor’s program in audio production or a related field. If you are currently employed in the field of audio recording, you can use the certificate to expand your skills. For a more comprehensive specialization, the certificate can also be completed in conjunction with the Music (A.S.) or Music Industry (A.S.) degrees, or with another degree, such as Media Arts.

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Studios & Spaces

Studios & Spaces

  • Mac computer lab: digital editing and mixing software
  • Recording studio: create, edit, mix and master professional quality recordings from start to finish
  • Digital piano lab: learn and practice piano
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Ensembles

Ensembles

JCC offers ensembles that perform on and off campus.

  • College Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • Rock Ensembles
  • Solo performance and other small ensemble opportunities

Concerts & Events

Concerts & Events

JCC hosts concerts, guest musicians, and other events every semester.

Related Majors

Related Majors

Career opportunities

The certificate in Digital Audio Production can serve as the first step in a number of career paths. The Certificate can also be paired with the Music (A.S.) degree or another related degree program, such as Media Arts (A.S.). Information below is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Numbers are nationwide.

  • Producers and directors (for film, TV, theater, etc.): median annual pay: $71,620 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 12%
  • Broadcast and sound engineering technicians: median annual pay: $42,650 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 8%

We have many music opportunities in the local community, including:

Courses

Minimum program credit hours: 31

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Certificates
Hegis Code
5008
Curriculum Code
1781
General Requirements
9 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
3 SUNY LAS JCC
ENG 1510: English Composition I or higher3
3
PSY 1510: General Psychology or HIS 1540: US History Since 18653
3
CSC 1510: Introduction to Computer Science is recommended3
Core Requirements
22-23 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
18 SUNY LAS JCC
CMM 1750: The Rhetoric of Vision and Sound3
MUS 1570: Music Theory I3
MUS 1670: Beginning Piano3
MUS 1710: Audio Recording3
MUS 1730: Music and the Digital Studio3
MUS 2890: Digital/Audio Studio Seminar3
3 SUNY LAS JCC
MUS 1510: Music Appreciation or MUS 1530: Historical Survey of Rock & Roll3
1-2  
MUS 1750-2880 music ensembles are not required, but suggested if working toward an associate’s degree1-2
Electives
none Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • Students are advised to select program electives after careful consultation with their advisors.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Use industry-standard music technology hardware and software for pre and post production of music and music media.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic wave theory and its application to psychoacoustics.
  3. Demonstrate aesthetic understanding:  the ability to understand and appreciate aesthetic forms of expression, such as literature, music, dance, and other forms of visual imagery.