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Music Business Associate Degree

Overview

Program Overview

The Music Business Program (MBP) is a dynamic, intensive program designed to prepare students for a career in the music industry in a short amount of time. This course will help artists, producers, and performers understand how business partners with creativity. Classes explore the way projects are pitched, sold, copyrighted, produced, marketed, and delivered.


The Music Business Diploma Program requires students to complete 45 credit hours of core Music Business Program courses over the course of four semesters to graduate:

Semester 1: Copyrights & Royalties, Audio Production, Event Management

Semester 2: Record Labels, Marketing & Social Media, Video Production, Touring

Semester 3: Business Law, Distribution, Web Design

Semester 4: Entrepreneurship, Communications, Final Project

Associate of Science Degree students will gain a wider range of professional skills, problem solving, and critical thinking through courses in English Composition, World History, Introduction to Mathematical Modeling, Conceptual Physics, and Speech Communications. These courses, when combined with the core technical and creative curricula, provide the graduate with a well-rounded education that prepares them for the industry.


QUALIFICATION
Associate of Science Degree in Music Business

  • Chicago
  • Nashville

Skills

Technical Skills

  • Presentation Design
  • Production for New Media
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Gantt Charting
  • Guerilla Marketing

Professional Skills

  • Entertainment Management
  • Crowd Funding
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • Promotion & Advertising
  • Pitching & Presenting
  • Merchandising
  • Artist Management
  • Organizing Street Teams
  • Event & Tour Production

Careers

Career options

  • A&R Assistant
  • Associate Producer
  • Administrative Manager
  • Advertising Agent
  • Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Assistant
  • Artist Liaison
  • Artist Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Booking Manager
  • Brand/Product Management Assistant
  • Business Affairs Assistant
  • Business Development Assistant
  • Catalog Manager
  • Content Editor
  • Contract Manager
  • Copy Writer/Editor
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Electronic Technician
  • Entrepreneur
  • Licensing Assistant
  • Manager
  • Media Relations
  • Event Planner
  • Merchandiser
  • Music Director
  • Music Publisher
  • Personal Assistant
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Promoter
  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Publicist
  • Radio Time Salesperson
  • Retail Buyer
  • Street Team

 Employers

SAE Music Business graduates have the opportunity to work with established record, publishing, management and production companies as well as taking the entrepreneurial path toward creating their own business. View the full list here.

Units

Music Business Associate Degree
VIEW UNIT DESCRIPTIONS
Semester 1
English CompositionIntro to Copyright and Music PublishingIndustry PerspectivesAudio in Media
Semester 2
World HistoryThe Record BusinessEntertainment Media DistributionVideo Production
Semester 3
Mathematical ModelingBusiness and Legal FoundationsContemporary Entertainment MarketingMultimedia and Web Development
Semester 4
Conceptual PhysicsSpeech CommunicationsMusic Business Culminating Project PortfolioEntrepreneurship
  • General Education Course
  • Music Business Course
  • Creative Media Course
  • Degree Course
Semester 1
English Composition
Intro to Copyright and Music Publishing
Industry Perspectives
Audio in Media
Semester 2
World History
The Record Business
Entertainment Media Distribution
Video Production
Semester 3
Mathematical Modeling
Business and Legal Foundations
Contemporary Entertainment Marketing
Multimedia and Web Development
Semester 4
Conceptual Physics
Speech Communications
Music Business Culminating Project Portfolio
Entrepreneurship
  • General Education Course
  • Music Business Course
  • Creative Media Course
  • Degree Course

Key facts

  • DURATION(S):

    16 Months

  • INTAKES:

    May 2015

    Sep 2015

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enroll By: 26 May 2015

    Start Date: 26 May 2015

    End Date: 09 Sep 2016

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Associate

Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees & Payments

Application Fee: $60.00
Books & Materials: $4,125.00
Tuition: $25,000.00

Total:

$29,185.00

Calculate the estimated cost of attendance with the Net Price Calculator.

Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. SAE offers a discount of 3% on tuition paid in full in advance of the first class, with the exception of any loans administered through SAE (e.g., Sallie Mae) or any third-party agency sponsorship (e.g., employer sponsored tuition assistant programs). Our schools also offer monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. These payments comply with state and federal requirements.

Class Schedule

1260 Clock Hours / 72 Credit Hours / 12 Months / 25 hours per week for 50 weeks

Students entering may state a preference for a morning, afternoon or evening schedule. Because SAE Institute limits class size to maximize individual attention, student schedule preference is based on availability. Classes may be scheduled during the following three sessions:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Not all class times are offered every semester. Students also attend practical lab sessions for an average of 10 hours per week. Practical Lab hours are scheduled on an individual basis during hours of school operation, and the maximum number of students is based on the number of available stations. Extra lab time may be reserved without additional charge, subject to availability. Students may also be required to attend seminars/workshops for specific courses. Please refer to the Workshop Component section in the course catalog for details.

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