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Application Process for Upper Division Recording Arts

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Fall 2014 Upper Division Recording Arts Application

Who needs to apply?

Any student who is currently attending the College of Arts & Media as a Music Major and is interested in pursuing a BS in Music with an Emphasis in Recording Arts. Both audition track and non-audition track students must apply. Students who should apply during the Spring 2014 semester are those students who are interested in taking the 3000/4000 level Audio Production courses (e.g. Audio Production III, Critical Listening, etc.) in the Fall 2014 semester AND who have fulfilled all the other entrance requirements (completion of 48 credit hours and required coursework).  Please see the section on “What is Required to Apply?” to see if you qualify.  Students who have previously applied and been accepted into the Recording Arts emphasis do not need to re-apply.  Students who have previously applied but were denied entrance must re-apply.  No student is able to take the upper division courses in this area without being accepted into the program.  

Why do I need to apply?

The Recording Arts emphasis has grown at a tremendous pace since the College of Arts & Media was formed.  In order to provide the best quality education we can, with the facilities and faculty available, the number of students entering the program must be limited.  Some students will not be accepted. However, by increasing competition for entrance, all of the MEIS degrees will have more value in the marketplace.   

How many students are accepted each year? 
This will vary from year to year.
 
Who makes the decision about who is accepted?
A committee comprised of faculty in the area of Recording Arts will review the applications and determine acceptance.
  
Any advice?
Take the exam seriously – review all of your notes, readings and demonstrations. Attend the study session.
  
What happens if I am not accepted?
Students who are not accepted may choose to apply again the following year. Students are allowed to apply one additional time. There is no preference given to students who reapply, nor is there a guarantee that they will be accepted. Alternatively, students may also choose to pursue one of the other emphasis areas - Music Business, Performance, or Singer/Songwriter. It is important to note the Performance and Singer/Songwriter Emphases require an audition.
 
What is required to apply?
1.  Application form.  Applications will be available online or in ARTS 288 beginning Monday, March 3, 2014. The deadline to submit the application is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014. 
 
2.  University of Colorado Denver GPA must be at least a 2.0. Admission to the Recording Arts emphasis will be conditional pending Spring 2014 grades. Any student who is placed on academic probation (earning a cumulative University of Colorado GPA below a 2.0) after the Spring 2014 semester will have their acceptance rescinded. 

3.  Audio Production Entrance Exam.  This 50-question, multiple-choice test includes information from MUSC 2540 Audio Production I, MUSC 2560 Audio Production II, and PHYS 3620 Physics of Sound.  It will cover acoustics/physics of sound/hearing, microphones, consoles, signal processing, digital audio and MIDI.  It will cover all required class readings. Scores are automatically forwarded to committee.  Students are encouraged to review their notes and readings, as well as the following texts: Modern Recording Techniques, Seventh Edition by David Miles Huber and Robert E. Runstein; Audio in Media, Seventh Edition by Stanley R. Alten. One review session will be offered prior to the exam. Students are highly encouraged to attend. 
 
4.  Required coursework.  Students will need to complete (with a C/2.0 or better), or currently be enrolled in the following courses during the semester in which they are applying for acceptance. Please note: Summer 2014 classes will NOT count towards admission. 
  • MUSC 2540 Audio Production I 
  • MUSC 2560 Audio Production II
  • MUSC 2700 Introduction to Music Business 
  • PHYS 3620 Physics of Sound and Music
  • PMUS 1100 Music Theory I 
  • PMUS 1110 Ear Training & Sight Singing I 
  • PMUS 1023 Piano Class I
5.  Sophomore standing.  Students must have completed a minimum of 48.0 total credits by the end of the Spring 201 semester.
 
How do I apply?
​1) Submit a complete application to ARTS 288 (MEIS Office) by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2014.
​Applications will be available online and in the MEIS Office beginning Monday, March 3, 2014. The deadline to submit the application form is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014.

2) Take the Audio Production Entrance Exam.
There are two testing dates available: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm, or Wednesday, April 9, 20134, 5:00-7:00pm. There is an optional study session that will take place on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2:30-3:30pm.
 
When will I know if I have been accepted?
​Students will be notified through their CU Denver email of their acceptance by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Students who are admitted must attend a MANDATORY ORIENTATION on Friday, April 11, 2014, from 12:00-1:00pm. Students will not be able to register for upper division Recording Arts courses until they have attended orientation.