Recording Arts Degree Programs in San Bernardino, CA

Sep 15, 2018

There are 11 schools within 50 miles of San Bernardino that have recording arts degree programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info at three schools that are less than 40 miles away, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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San Bernardino Recording Arts Schools

Students looking for degree programs in the recording arts have a few choices in the San Bernardino area. This article looks at three schools within 45 minutes of downtown San Bernardino and the relevant degree programs they offer. A table of important information about these schools (such as enrollment, tuition, and the graduation rate) is included, as is the names of a few other area schools that offer related programs.

  • California State University - San Bernardino (CSUSB) is approximately seven miles from downtown San Bernardino. It offers a bachelor's degree in music with a music technology emphasis and a minor option in recording arts.
  • Chaffey College has an associate's degree program in commercial music. It is about 19 miles from downtown San Bernardino.
  • The San Jacinto campus of Mt. San Jacinto Community College District (MSJC) is around 36 miles from downtown San Bernardino, and students can earn an associate's degree in advanced audio technology there.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents information about these schools that prospective students should consider.

California State University - San Bernardino Chaffey College Mt. San Jacinto Community College District - San Jacinto Campus
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 20,692* 22,508* 15,718*
Campus Setting Midsized city Large suburb Midsized suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,885 in-state; $18,765 out-of-state* $1,170 in-state; $7,050 out-of-state* $1,386 in-state; $8,946 out-of-state*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 91%* 71%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 57%* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 85% for full-time students; 67% for part-time students* 68% for full-time students; 58% for part-time students* 69% for full-time students; 51% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 54% (for those who started in 2011)* 23% (for those who started in 2014)* 26% (for those who started in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

California State University - San Bernardino (CSUSB)

CSUSB's music department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Music technology majors are required to complete two years of instrumental or vocal training before they enter the focused instruction of the concentration.

Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Music Technology Emphasis

Music students at CSUSB take foundational classes in music history, theory, and performance. The music technology concentration encompasses further study in subjects including applied technology, studio recording, and electronic music, among others; students also complete a minimum number of electives from the music department. An internship related to music technology is required, as is the exhibition of a senior project or recital.

Music Technology Minor

To earn a minor in recording arts, students take courses in musicianship and music theory; some courses include a laboratory component. In addition, classes in electronic music and studio recording techniques are required.

Chaffey College

While the music program at Chaffey College is not specifically designed for transfer, the commercial music curriculum may fulfill transfer requirements to 4-year schools in the California State University system.

Associate in Science in Commercial Music

Chaffey College's commercial music program encapsulates general education classes in the social sciences, English, and the humanities, among other disciplines. The program additionally comprises coursework on such topics as songwriting, musicianship, and the music business. Students choose a minimum number of credits from among areas like record production, music history, improvisation, and electronic music, as well as instrumental or vocal performance.

Mt. San Jacinto Community College District - San Jacinto Campus

MSJC's audio and video technology department incorporates its array of recording equipment into curricula that blend lectures with hands-on instruction.

Associate of Arts in Audio Technology

This program incorporates various levels of study in computer audio editing and studio recording, as well as elective classes covering such topics as video production and music appreciation. Classes in subjects like live sound recording, the music business, radio production, and American music are also available. The AA program mandates the completion of general education courses in areas including the physical sciences, math, and multicultural studies, among others.

Associate of Arts in Advanced Audio Technology

The advanced audio technology program includes the same general education requirements as the audio technology program. The two programs also have other mandatory and elective courses in common, but the advanced curriculum includes additional coursework in studio recording, as well as a higher number of required electives. In addition, some of the classes offered as electives in the audio technology program, such as MIDI recording, are required for advanced audio technology students.

Other School Options

Students interested in the recording arts can also find related programs at the 2-year public Citrus College, located almost 40 miles from San Bernardino's downtown area, and Fullerton College, a 2-year public school nearly 50 miles from downtown San Bernardino.

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