Sound Technician Certificate


The Sound Technician Certificate is designed to prepare the student for occupational competency as a sound technician in educational, community and resident theatres as well as theme parks, television and motion picture studios. This certificate program requires a total of 32-34 units. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses (19 units):
MUS 101 FMusic Fundamentals3
MUS 108 F Introduction to Music Technology2
THEA 100 FIntroduction to the Theatre3
THEA 141 F Introduction to Technical Theatre4
THEA 160 F Introduction to Sound Technology3
THEA 161 FSound Reinforcement Techniques2
THEA 162 FSound Design for the Theatre2
Required Lab Courses (2 units):
THEA 153 F Introduction to Stage Crew Activity (formerly THEA 149 F)0.5
THEA 159 FBeg Stage Crew Activity0.5
THEA 249 F Intermediate Stage Crew Activity0.5
THEA 250 F Advanced Stage Crew Activity0.5
Required Production Courses (6-7 units):6-7
Acting Workshop3
Theatre Workshop2
Beginning Theatre Practicum (formerly THEA 133 F)2
Intermediate Theatre Practicum2
Beginning Musical Theatre Production2
Intermediate Musical Theatre Production2
Restricted Electives (5-6 units):5-6
Audio Production Techniques3
Recording Lab I - Beginning Techniques3
Recording Studio II - Intermediate Techniques3
Systems Maintenance and Troubleshooting for Theatre2
Introduction to Summer Theatre Workshop3
Beginning Summer Theatre Workshop3
Total Units32-34

Outcome 1: Distinguish and apply specialized technical theatre terminology in order to communicate effectively within the entertainment sound industry.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate and communicate the practical aspects of safe and effective use of tools and sound equipment for the purpose of maintaining a safe working environment.

Outcome 3: Interpret and compose various types of schematics, spreadsheets, and other paperwork to be utilized within the professional entertainment sound field.

Outcome 4: Create conceptual designs through collaboration in the sound design process for the purpose of creating a unified artistic vision.

Outcome 5: Assess and formulate various maintenance and diagnostic methodologies to safely troubleshoot and maintain sound and show control equipment.