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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Recording Arts Emphasis

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

"Master the technology that makes the music"

Recording arts emphasis

Students of the Recording Arts program have the opportunity to explore the latest analog and digital technologies used in studio recording, sound reinforcement, and electronic music, as well as the opportunity to master the artistic applications of those technologies to recording, composition, and performance.

Whether you pursue the Bachelor of Science in Music or the Master of Science in Recording Arts, you'll find that the Department of Music Entertainment & Industry Studies (MEIS) at the College of Arts & Media offers some of the best programs in the nation. After all, we've been doing this for more than 25 years.

Solid Foundations for Success

The undergraduate recording arts curriculum at the College of Arts & Media combines a comprehensive general education with career-conscious courses, giving you the breadth and depth you need to succeed in this ever-changing industry. Courses in humanities, communications, math, social and behavioral sciences, natural and physical sciences, and multiculturalism establish a foundation on which more specialized courses build.

Building on our history of success, our Master of Science Degree in Recording Arts is one of only a few such programs in the country, and the only one with a pedagogy track to prepare future educators.

The city of Denver provides unique internship and employment opportunities during your enrollment—and after graduation. With easy access from either coast, we're able to bring an impressive list of visiting artists and guest lecturers to campus each year, experts in production engineering, live recording techniques, as well as historical and new developments in professional audio synthesis.

Veterans with Vision

The Recording Arts faculty is comprised of internationally renowned recording arts experts preeminently qualified in their fields.  The College of Arts & Media is justly proud of its faculty for their personal accomplishments as well as their dedication to the thorough education of their students.

The program is under the overall direction of the internationally recognized Assistant Professor Lorne Bregitzer, and his background and accomplishments, as well as those of other amazing faculty are briefly summarized on their respective pages linked to this page. Because technology advances at breathtaking speed, it is only with a faculty of such caliber that this music technology program can provide the training in both the essential foundations and the most recent advances necessary for achievement and success in this industry.  To learn more about the Recording Arts faculty, please select their name and you will be directed to their personal web pages.

Recording Arts Facilities and Equipment

The Recording Arts program keeps pace with the latest in today’s technology.  Our hardware and software mirror the same state-of-the art tools found in today’s recording studios and post-production houses.

The Bachelor of Science in Music Degree

Students pursuing careers in Recording Arts receive a Bachelor of Science in Music from the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts & Media, a degree awarded by the University of Colorado Denver.

This degree is designed for students who are interested in professional careers in music, including music composition and performance, recording, business, and entertainment.  Students can select classes that lead to local, regional, and national careers in audio research, production companies, art administration, and audio engineering—to name just a few. This four-year program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. All applicants for a Bachelor of Science in Music degree must pass an entrance audition before being accepted (except for those focusing on Music Industry Studies).

Not Just a Piece of Paper

As a Recording Arts graduate from the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program, the career opportunities available to you are as limitless as your imagination.  Here are just a few of the options available to this program’s graduates.

  • Audio engineer
  • Dialogue editor
  • Sound editor
  • Foley editor
  • Record producer


A student wishing to study in the Recording Arts program must be admitted as both a student of the University of Colorado Denver, and as a student of the College of Arts & Media. Admission into the College of Arts & Media is selective, and based on several factors including previous academic records, standardized test scores, and audition performance. For more information on entrance requirements please see MEIS Major Entrance Requirements – Fall 2016 Semester​​​.

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the Recording Arts program, please contact a College of Arts & Media​ advisor.​​​​​