Music Technology

The Foothill College Music Technology Program offers a comprehensive course of study that leads to an A.A. Degree in Music Technology, and Certificates of Achievement in Pro Tools and Music Technology. Both on-campus and online courses in recording arts, digital audio production, songwriting, music business, digital video, and performance are available at times that fit your schedule. Foothill College students enjoy one of the newest facilities in Northern California - our InterDisciplinary Arts Center has 30 workstations where students from every area of the arts work side by side. Foothill gives students the core skills needed to enter the entertainment industry. Commercial Music is one of the largest parts of the Entertainment Industry in California, an industry that includes Film, Television, Radio, the Recording Arts, and New Media. Students from our program have gone on to work with R.E.M., Third Eye Blind, Neil Young, Polygram Records, Universal Music Group, Digidesign, Geffen Records, Microsoft, Bill Graham Presents, and a host of major industry players.

We are a Digidesign® sponsored school, offer Waves® Plug In Certification, sponsor the Annual West Coast Songwriter's Conference featuring workshops and song screenings with industry A&R reps, and enroll over 400 students per quarter. Students have access to individual workstations in our classes, each of which features the latest version of Pro Tools®, Sibelius®, Reason®, Final Cut Studio®, Avid Media Composer® along with signal processing plug-ins from Waves®, Antares® and McDSP®. Students in our recording arts classes also have access to Studio A with a 16 Channel D-Command Control Surface and a Pro Tools® HD 2 Accel system on a loaded Mac Pro, a 16 channel 192 i/o and, and Studio B with a Control 24 mixing surface, an HD Accel system on a loaded G5, paired with a 96i i/o. We have a full compliment of high end microphones, over 40 TDM plug-ins and one of the best sounding rooms in the Bay Area - in fact we won a California Music Award in 1998 for engineering the "World Beat Album Of The Year" in Studio 1100!.

Here, you can earn your A.A. completely online, partially online, or completely on campus - you can design a course of study that fits your lifestyle, location or work schedule. Want to take online classes but still want access to our lab and studio? No problem. Want to schedule a recording session for your band as part of your recording arts class? That's no problem, either - in fact, we encourage it. We don't have counselors sitting in offices, but if you email us at, we'll make sure you get an answer to your question.