For students that seek the Master of Science in Recording Arts (MSRA), full admission to the program requires preparation that is equal to a Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Arts. This preparation can be demonstrated by a Bachelor’s degree in the field of audio production, or experience in the industry. CU Denver’s undergraduate program is a sample of such preparation.
We welcome applicants from other allied disciplines (ex: Physics, Electrical Engineering, Music Education) – however, additional preparation is often required.
If your Bachelor’s degree is in a field other than Recording Arts, demonstration of equivalent preparation from your professional audio experiences may qualify. Please consult with our Faculty Advisor Lorne Bregitzer (Lorne.Bregitzer@ucdenver.edu) to request an informal portfolio review to asses your preparation for the program.
Applicants with no recording arts background will not qualify for the Master’s program.
- These students are welcome to apply to CU Denver as a 2nd undergraduate degree seeking student, and complete coursework towards the Bachelor of Science in Music/Emphasis in Music Industry Studies-Tech focus (see below).
- Students doing prep work are not required to complete a 2nd undergraduate degree.
- Students doing prep work who also have no musical background will also be encouraged to complete performance and musicianship coursework in order to qualify for the MSRA.
- This process generally takes 2-3 years
- Along with the Audio Production courses, this coursework will give them the adequate musicianship and performance background necessary to succeed in the MSRA Program.
PREPARATORY WORK –
- Is for students not yet technically qualified for admission into the MSRA.
- Will depend on students’ musicianship background as well as their technical preparation to date.
- Is an individually structured sequence of courses.
- Curriculum will vary from student to student.
- May require less credits and/or coursework for students from allied disciplines (computer science, electrical engineering, etc.).
- May also be lower in credits and/or semesters for students whose previous degree is in Music (e.g. Composition, Performance, Music Ed, etc.) than those students who have no previous musical study.
- Encourages students to meet with the Faculty Advisor Lorne Bregitzer (Lorne.Bregitzer@ucdenver.edu) to request an informal portfolio review to asses your preparation for the program and/or an Academic Advisor (CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu) to determine (on a case-by-case basis) what set of courses would be most beneficial.
PREP WORK INFO
- Takes a minimum of two years (approx. 4-6 semesters) to complete.
- Fall start only. We do not accept Spring or Summer applications.
- Students doing prep work are subject to the same entrance requirements to the University as well as the Music Department as any other incoming student, including GPA consideration and a musical aptitude test.
- Consists of approximately 21-25 credits of undergraduate-level coursework in the field of recording arts.
- May also include additional undergraduate coursework in related fields such as Music Theory, Music History, Music Business and Music Performance, depending on applicant’s musical background.
- Students apply for admission to the MSRA degree during the Spring semester of 2nd year (for 2 years of prep work).
- Students will be encouraged to take as many Music Performance/Theory and Music Business course as possible for their own musical and professional growth.
SUGGESTED PREP WORK
-MUS 2540 Audio Production I (3)
-MUS 2470 Music Applications on Computer (3)
-PMUS 1100 Theory I(3)
-PMUS 1110 Ear Training/Sight Singing I (1)
-PMUS 1023 Piano Class: Level I (1)
†pending admission to the Music Department (see MEIS Admission Guidelines)
-MUS 2560 Audio Production II (4)
-MUS 2700 Intro to Music Business (3)
-PMUS 3830 or 3831 History and Literature of Music I or II (3)
APPLY TO TECH FOCUS
*Due to extremely high demand for our audio production courses, and sequencing of courses to ensure building of proper skill sets, students doing prep work must apply and be accepted into the Tech focus in order to take any of the upper division (3000/4000 level) courses in audio production.
All MSRA applicants, including those students doing preparatory work, will be required to take the Audio Production Entrance Exam. Students must indicate on the application that they are doing preparatory work.
HOW TO DO PREP WORK
- Students doing prep work will be required to apply to the University as a candidate for a 2nd undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Music, emphasis in Music Industry Studies). See MEIS Admissions Guidelines
- Students doing prep work are not required to complete this 2nd undergraduate degree.
- Fill out the on-line Undergraduate Transfer Application. You will be required to pay the application fee and submit official transcripts.
- Schedule & complete your musical aptitude exam (on-line registration [coming soon] through Music Department website)
- If admitted to the Music Department, meet with a CAM advisor to discuss registration
- Register on-line using the SMART system
NOTE: REGISTRATION & TUITION
- Students with a previous Bachelor’s degree who apply as a 2nd-degree seeking student will be assessed undergraduate tuition.