Department of Music and Theatre

Recording Arts Supplemental Application

How to apply for Recording Arts for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Recording Arts option is an “impacted” area of study. Impaction means that there are more qualified applicants than we have classroom space to accommodate. As such, supplemental criteria is required for full status admission to the option in Recording Arts. (See below)
Before applying make sure you have completed (or in the process of completing) the following supplemental criteria.

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
  • Transfer students may be required to complete a proficiency exam before acceptance

Video interview

  • You have 5 minutes to tell us a little about yourself, why you would like to be a part of the Recording Arts Option, and how the major might serve your future career choice in the audio industry
  • Your 5 minute video needs to be posted to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Your video may be un-listed but should not be private
  • You will submit this link on your RA application

Extra points

  • Priority is given to California Veterans who meet the application requirements, and who have been honorably discharged
  • Ranking points can be gained based on demonstrated musical ability
    • Contact the MUTA department office for the appropriate faculty member for your discipline
    • Jury forms are available in the MUTA office - PAC 106 or
  • Additional ranking points are given to residents of one of these under-served, northern California, counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba

How are applicants selected and notified?

  • Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic performance in prerequisite courses, GPA, jury points, and video interview.
  • Applicants will be notified via e-mail approximately 3-4 weeks after the application period is closed.

Application Procedure

  • Submit a video interview to YouTube or Vimeo
    • Upload your video before submitting your application
  • Complete the Recording Arts Application(opens in new window)
  • Online applications are due April 3rd
    • Please do not solicit the office or advisors on the status of your application. You will be informed via email as to whether or not you have been accepted into the program.
  • Jury form for performance evaluations must be submitted to the MUTA department office before the application deadline 

Learn more about the Option in Recording Arts


Applications for the 2019 academic year are now closed. 
Stay tuned though, applications for 20/21 will open March 1st, 2020!

Questions?Email us!