Music and Sonic Arts is a program for musicians, artists, and designers interested in contemporary and future-facing tools, methods, and mindsets for sonic composition, performance, production, and design.
Why choose Music and Sonic Arts at PCC?
Look up wage ranges in the Portland Metro area for the type of Music and Sonic Arts career that interests you.
New students are encouraged to attend a Music and Sonic Arts information session before starting the program.
Music and Sonic Arts is a program unique in the state, region, and nation. In a caring and supportive environment, with the help of contemporary and emerging technologies, students push the boundaries of music and sound, discovering what is artistically and technologically possible.
The Music and Sonic Arts program values, welcomes, and teaches the contributions of people of different identities and backgrounds, and encourages students to imagine the important, possible roles of music, sound, and technology in positive social change.
Learn more on the program overview page.
Degrees and certificates
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Associate Degree: Creative Coding and Immersive Technologies||2 years|
|Associate Degree: Music and Sonic Arts||2 years|
|Career Pathway Certificate: Creative Coding and Immersive Technologies||Less than 1 year|
|Career Pathway Certificate: Music and Sonic Arts||Less than 1 year|
What will you learn?
Students of Music and Sonic Arts acquire a broad range of artistic and technical knowledge:
- Contemporary music theory
- Studio and home recording
- Music production
- Sound design
- Computer programming for musical and artistic purposes
- Social responsibility and engagement
What will you do?
Dependent largely on your interests, careers in Music and Sonic Arts include:
- Sound designer
Who will hire you?
Many musical professionals are self-employed, and the types of people and companies you can work for are varied.