Department of Music and Theatre

Recording Arts Supplemental Application

How to apply for Recording Arts for the 2021-2022 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)
  • Transfer students may be required to complete a proficiency exam before acceptance


  • You have 5 minutes to tell us a little about yourself. In 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
    • And lastly, 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

  • Priority is given to California Veterans who meet the application requirements
  • Ranking points can be gained
    • Based on demonstrated musical ability
    • 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


This year only, we will entertain applications for individuals who have not met the Theory II requirement due to the affects of forced online instruction. MUSC 109 or equivalent is still required. Be aware, individuals who have completed the prerequisites are given priority.

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


Applications for the 2021/22 academic year

Questions?Email us!