As one of the most unique programs in the Rocky Mountain region,
Recording Arts prepares graduates to work as audio engineers
with many contemporary styles of music recording and editing. Students
learn from expert faculty on professional equipment while building
portfolios, covering technical fundamentals and then
move beyond the basics to explore theories supporting advanced problem-solving and technique, as well as creative music mixing strategies.
Where Do Recording Arts Graduates Find Careers?
Graduates are working in live sound, sound for gaming, post production sound on video and film, radio, sound design for web applications, and, of course in music studios. CU Denver alumni have won Emmy awards for sound mixing on Game of Thrones, own
recording studios, are touring internationally with bands, are DJ's and EDM artists, and are working with cutting edge companies in the entertainment industry.
Audition Track Vs Non-Audition Track
Recording Arts is offered as both Audition and Non-Audition Track. The Non-Audition Track is designed for students who seek careers working behind the scenes in the music industry. There are less performance classes in this major which allows for more
recording arts elective courses. Students in the non-audition track are eligible to do our new 4+1 option that allows students to earn both a bachelors and a masters degree in Recording Arts in just five years.
The Audition Track is designed for students who want a lot of both recording arts and performance classes in the curriculum. It's perfect for students who want performance to be a big part of their future career and
also want extensive recording arts skills as well. This allows for more career flexibility. Audition track students choose one of the same instruments as we offer for music performance and must pass an audition to enter the program.
Audition Track Primary Instruments Include:
How To Apply
Recording Arts - Non-Audition Track
For the Recording Arts - Non-Audition Track Program, applicants just need to apply to CU Denver and
be admitted in order to pursue this major. No additional music application requirements are required.
Recording Arts - Audition Track
For the Recording Arts - Audition Track Program, the first step is to apply to CU Denver.
After being admitted to CU Denver, there are additional music specific application requirements including an audition. Please note that the audition can be scheduled prior to CU Denver admission. The audition forms for each instrument and complete
information about the audition track requirements can be found on the HOW TO APPLY page in
the music section.