Advanced Commercial Music Certificate of Achievement

Digital technology has transformed commercial music, making it possible to produce commercial music projects without huge budgets, expensive studio set-ups or large crews. Whether the goal is to fulfill a personal artistic vision, market a product or advance a cause, the fundamental need for commercial music remains a powerful one.  

In this certificate program, students receive direct, hands-on experience creating commercial music that is entertaining, emotional, sophisticated and compelling.  The program builds on the elements learned in the basic certificate program, covering advanced aspects of commercial music production, including writing, directing, performing, producing, editing and marketing.  

The Advanced Commercial Music Certificate of Achievement provides a deeper study of commercial music production as well as more advanced industry skills, processes and practices.  It gives students crucial musical and audio engineering tools.  Students emerge with commercial music for their personal or professional portfolio.

Course Code Title Units
Required Courses (12 units)
MUS 078CDigital Audio III3
MUS 078DDigital Audio IV Capstone1
MUS 013Songwriting3
MUS 021BPiano II2
BUMA 027Marketing3
Electives (select 6 units)
MUS 001Music Theory I4
MUS 002Music Theory II4
MUS 003Music Theory III4
MUS 021CPiano III2
MUS 023Commercial Vocal Styles2
MUS 050ABeginning Jazz/Rock Guitar2
MUS 050BIntermediate Jazz/Rock Guitar2
FILM 002AFilm Production I: Basic Film Production3
FILM 002BFilm Production II: Advanced Film Production3
MUS 095AMusic Work Experience (Maximum of 2 units may be used for work experience)1-2
CERTIFICATE TOTAL18