Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Recording Arts Supplemental Application

How to apply for Recording Arts for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

The Recording Arts option is an “impacted” area of study. Impaction means that there are more qualified applicants than we typically have classroom space to accommodate. As such, a supplemental application and criteria is required for full status admission to the option in Recording Arts.

Each application is ranked against the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA
  • In-major GPA
  • Grades in pre-requisite courses
  • Video 
    • Extra ranking points available (see below)

Application Period

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1st. Application reviews will begin April 1st. Applications will be accepted until all available seats have been filled.

Prerequisite Courses

CSU Chico students and transfer applicants must earn a minimum grade of C (or better) in prerequisite courses.

  • MUSC 101 – Theory I
  • MUSC 102 – Theory II
  • MUSC 109 – Introduction to Music Technology (or approved equivalent)


  • You have 5 minutes to tell us a little about yourself. This self-narrative styled video tell us
    • What brought you to Chico State
    • Why you would like to be a part of the Recording Arts Option and what you would like to accomplish while studying here
    • How the major might serve your future career
  • Your 5-minute video should be posted to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Your video may be un-listed but should not be private
  • Submit this link on your RA application(opens in new window)

Extra Ranking Points

Additional ranking points can be awarded for one of the following:
  • California Veterans who meet the application requirements
  • Demonstrating proficiency on an instrument
    • To apply, first contact and make an appointment with the appropriate studio instructor
    • Once you have juried, have the faculty member email the completed form to Prof. Dann Sargent (
  • If you are a resident of one of these northern California counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba 

Application Procedure

How are applicants selected and notified?

  • Application reviews will begin April 1st.
  • Applicants will be notified of the application status via e-mail by May 1st.
  • Applications will be accepted until all available seats have been filled.
  • Please do not solicit the office or advisors on the status of your application. You will be informed via email once selections have been made.

Learn more about the Option in Recording Arts

*updated 2/27/23

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Applications for the 2023-24 academic year

Questions?Email us!