Develop the real world skills you need to thrive in today's diverse and competitive music industry

Our Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) A.S. Degree offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience that will prepare you to make an entrance into creative and professional fields including music production, composition, performance, recording, live sound, audio post-production and sound design and broadcast and podcast audio production.

Our programs emphasize creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

Employment opportunities for our graduates exist in the music industry, recording studios, touring technology, radio and television broadcasting, concert venues and the film industry.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Producers and Directors

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2022 Employment




Percent Change


Projected Job Openings


MIRA learning partnersIndustry partners

MIRA has built a rich array of learning partners in the industry that connect manufacturers to students and faculty to provide:

  • Essential software and hardware
  • Testing ground for new products
  • Internship opportunities
  • Certification plans
  • Cooperative training tracks
  • Clearwater Jazz Holiday Educational Outreach

Music Industry/Recording Arts Associate in Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2024 (640)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2024 (640), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

The Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) program develops “real world” skills that artists need in order to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. The program offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience. The core curriculum prepares students to operate industry standard digital audio work station software (DAW), as well as hardware and equipment associated with studio recording and live sound production. Students may supplement their core experience with courses for musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound engineers, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production engineers. The program emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment. 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of C required for all courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Barbara Hubbard
Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts
Nathan Muehl
Associate Dean

Florida CIP Code

1650091300 - Music Production Technology

Federal CIP Code

50.0913 - Music Technology.

Industry Certifications

As part of your coursework, you may be eligible for the following industry certifications:

  • Certified Radio Operator

This program also prepares you for the following industry certifications:

  • ProTools User Certification, 101/110
  • ProTools Operator Certification, 201/210


The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus has fully loaded, multi-faceted audio production suites geared toward the aspiring music professional, no matter what their specialized line of study. All of our facilities are technologically updated with industry standard equipment and software. Our facilities include:

  • Recording Studios
  • Mixing Studios
  • Radio Broadcast Center
  • Production Labs
  • Dedicated Rehearsal Spaces


  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including Animate, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, and Audition
  • Avid Media & Composer
  • ProTools
  • Sibelius
  • Scratch