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

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

8,540

2029

9,180

Percent Change

8

Projected Job Openings

930

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

MIRAS-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2021 (595)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2021 (595), 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 Leadership Information

Dr. Barbara Hubbard
Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts
hubbard.barbara@spcollege.edu


Patrick Hernly
Lead Faculty Member, SPG
(727) 341-4364
hernly.patrick@spcollege.edu


Nathan Muehl
Academic Chair, SPG
(727) 341-4325
Muehl.Nathan@spcollege.edu


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.

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

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1650091300:

Federal CIP Code

50.0913: Music Technology.


Admission Rules

This program is intended for students who have basic proficiency in music theory (e.g., reading and performing basic melodic and rhythmic exercises) and digital audio workstation (DAW) software.

Students are expected to obtain hardware and software so they may have maximum exposure to the tools of success in this field of study. Hardware includes Mac computer, microphones, cables, midi keyboard. Software includes professional DAW purchase or subscription. Specific tech specs and software version requirements are updated each Fall semester. Details are available through the Fine Arts/Humanities office at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus at 727-341-4360.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of C required for all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition I

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 34 credits

MUM 0001 Music Industry Recording Arts Orientation
MUM 1001 Apple Macintosh Foundations 1
MUT 1001 Fundamentals Of Music 3
MUS 1360 Digital Audio Workstation, Sound, & Notation Software Fundamentals 3
MUS 1621 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics 3
MUM 2600 Professional DAW Application 3
MUM 2601 Studio Recording Techniques & Music Production 3
MUM 2601L Studio Recording Techniques & Music Production Lab 1
MUM 1662 Live Sound Reinforcement Techniques 3
MUM 1942 Internship: Sound Engineering I 1
MUM 2609 Critical Listening: Analysis of Contemporary Production Techniques 3
MUM 2602 Collaborative Music Production and Recording Studio Techniques 3
MUM 2602L Collaborative Music Production and Recording Studio Techniques Lab 1
MUM 2707 Practical Music Business 3
MUM 2313 Legal Issues in Music 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Core Capstone - Complete one 3 credit course.

MUM 2603 Music Production Capstone 3
MUM 2677 Performing Arts and Event Management Capstone 3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Complete 9 credits

Complete 9 credits of any course with a prefix of MUC, MUN, MUM, MUS, MUT, MVB, MVJ, MVK, MVP, MVS, MVV, MVW.
Total Credits 64

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

Facilities

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 up to date with industry standard equipment and software. Our facilities Include:

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