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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performing Arts: Audio Technology Concentration, BA

[Program name change revision 6.12.19]

Program Description

The Performing Arts degree is a nationally distinctive Bachelor of Arts degree that prepares students for careers in many aspects of the arts, including but not limited to performance, design, arts administration, and arts technologies. The curriculum offers specialized study in music, theatre, and audio technology. In addition to discipline specific concentrations, all performing arts students take classes in performance, production, history, theory, and arts technology. The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is a living performing arts laboratory where visiting artists and industry professionals provide additional experiential educational opportunities for Clemson students. Students may choose from more than 70 minors and select elective courses to tailor their degrees to their individual interests.

The degree is rooted in the liberal arts tradition with specific training in the performing arts. It provides the background for a number of career options or advanced studies such as graduate school, professional internships, and specialized postgraduate training.

The curriculum features a senior capstone project in which students spend a semester of their final year working as a production team-writing, composing, designing, marketing, and performing a final project with a strong service component.

To be considered for admission to this program, students must undergo an interview/audition with the Department of Performing Arts. Please note that students will not be eligible for admission to Clemson University in Performing Arts until this interview/audition is completed. Contact the department for specific requirements.

As a requirement for graduation, all Music Concentration students will be required to demonstrate piano competence equivalent to the 1020 level, and all Audio Technology students will be required to demonstrate piano competence equivalent to the 1010 level.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Junior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 14

Second Semester

  • 1-3 Credits
  • Major Requirement 3 Credits 8
  • Minor Requirement 6 Credits
  • Elective 3 Credits
Credit Hours: 15

Total Credits: 121


1 MATH 1060  or MATH 1070  may be substituted.

2 Audio Technology students may demonstrate piano competence at the MUSC 1010  level with a competency test and not have to take the class. Students will still be responsible for this hour of credit by substituting another class.

3 Students minoring in music must also take MUSC 1440 /MUSC 1450 .

4 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement  at Clemson University statement.

5 See General Education Requirements .

6 Select from MUSC 3080 , MUSC 3090 , MUSC 3110 , MUSC 3120 , MUSC 3130 , MUSC 3140 MUSC 3170 , MUSC 4150  or MUSC 4160 .

7 Audio students must pass AUD 4800  with a C or better before enrolling in PA 4010  

8 Select any 3000- or 4000-level MUSC course.

Note: Audio Concentration majors must earn a C or better in all required AUD, MUSC and PHYS courses, including those satisfying the music requirement and music history requirement.