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Contact: Kathy Brooks, Ph.D., Department Chair • • 301.846.2566 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Kathy Brooks, Ph.D., Department Chair
301.846.2566

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Audio Production Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology The Audio Production Area of Concentration prepares students for entry into the growing audio production profession. Students will be introduced to the core skills and concepts needed for a successful career in the field of audio production. Students will develop effective problem solving and critical thinking, research and execute music productions in a variety of genres, learn to apply fundamental acoustic principles, and plan and execute music productions that reflect current industry standards.

In hands-on classes, students explore the concepts, tools, and techniques of the audio industry using hardware and software they will encounter in the workplace.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration MUSC 130 Foundations of Audio Technology   3 Credits
4 Concentration MUSC 103 Fundamentals of Music   3 Credits
5 Concentration Elective*   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Concentration MUSC 135 Audio Recording Techniques   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Communication Gen Ed   3 Credits
8 Concentration Choose an Arts & Humanities Elective (see list below)*   3 Credits
9 Concentration MUSC 145 Publishing, Licensing, & Copyrighting   3 Credits
10 Concentration MUSC 106 Eartraining and Musicianship I   1 Credit
11 Concentration Elective*   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

12 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
13 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
14 Concentration MUSC 230 Studio Recording Techniques   3 Credits
15 Concentration MUSC 240 MIDI Music Production Techniques   3 Credits
16 Concentration Elective*   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

17 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
18 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
19 Concentration MUSC 235 Advanced Audio Production Techniques   3 Credits
20 Concentration BMGT 109 Entrepreneurship   3 Credits
21 Concentration INTR 101 Internship   1 Credit
22 Concentration Elective (credits may vary; to fulfill 60 credits for degree)*   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Choose an elective in consultation with the program manager.  Courses may include (but are not limited to): Applied Instrumental Music Lessons (up to four semesters), CMIS 106 – Introduction to Object Design & Programming, CMIS 226 – Game Scripting, CMIS 227 – Game Programming, CMIS 228 – Game Simulation & Game Development, CMIS 208 – C++ Programming, CMIS 225C – Mobile App Development

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate command in the operation of industry standard hardware and software.
  • Assimilate the responsibilities and standards associated with the professional audio industry by participating in an internship.
  • Research and execute music productions in a variety of genres.
  • Develop effective problem solving and critical thinking through the application of fundamental acoustic principles.
  • Plan and execute music productions that reflect an awareness of current industry aesthetic values and quality standards.
  • Evaluate music productions using the fundamental principles of aural and written music theory.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Audio Production Certificate The Audio Production Certificate provides the core skills needed to prepare students for entry into the growing audio production profession. Audio production requires creative problem solving rooted in a strong conceptual and practical foundation.

In hands-on classes, students explore the concepts, tools, and techniques of the audio industry using hardware and software they will encounter in the workplace.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 MUSC 103 Fundamentals of Music   3 Credits
2 MUSC 130 Foundations of Audio Technology   3 Credits
3 MUSC 145 Publishing, Licensing, & Copyrighting   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 MUSC 135 Audio Recording Techniques   3 Credits
5 MUSC 235 Advanced Audio Production Techniques   3 Credits
6 BMGT 109 Entrepreneurship   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

7 MUSC 230 Studio Recording Techniques   3 Credits
8 MUSC 240 MIDI Music Production Techniques   3 Credits
9 MUSC 106 Eartraining and Musicianship I   1 Credit
10 INTR 101 Internship   1 Credit
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate command in the operation of industry standard hardware and software.
  • Assimilate the responsibilities and standards associated with the professional audio industry by participating in an internship.
  • Research and execute music productions in a variety of genres.
  • Develop effective problem solving and critical thinking through the application of fundamental acoustic principles.
  • Plan and execute music productions that reflect an awareness of current industry aesthetic values and quality standards.
  • Evaluate music productions using the fundamental principles of aural and written music theory.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Audio Production
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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$43,660.00/yr • +8%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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