Sample Progression of Courses

The Clive Davis Institute offers the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. Candidates for the B.F.A. must fulfill the following requirements, for a total of 128 credits:

  1. A minimum of 58 credits in Recorded Music core courses
  2. A minimum of 44 credits in liberal arts courses
  3. A minimum of 26 additional elective credits

FRESHMAN YEAR - FALL

0 Creativity in Context Colloquium
2 The Business of Music: Industry Essentials Business & Technology
4 Creative Music Entrepreneurs in Historical Context Writing, History, & Emergent Media
2 Fundamentals of Audio Workstations I Production
2 Engineering the Record I Production
2 Musicianship: Music Theory & Construction Musicianship & Performance
4 Writing the Essay: Art & the World Liberal Arts
2 Elective Course Electives
18 = Total Credits  

FRESHMAN YEAR - SPRING

2 The Business of Music: Creativity, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship Business & Technology
2 Fundamentals of Audio Workstations II Production
2 Engineering the Record II Production
2 Critical Listening for the Recording Studio Musicianship & Performance
4 Writing the Essay: The World Through Art Liberal Arts
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
2 Elective Course Electives
18 = Total Credits  

SOPHOMORE YEAR - FALL

2 The Business of Music: Creative Marketing Strategies Business & Technology
4 Producing the Record: Side A Production
2 Producing Music with Software & Midi Production
4 Writing the Hit Song Musicianship & Performance
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
2 Elective Course Electives
18 = Total Credits  

SOPHOMORE YEAR - SPRING

2 The Business of Music: Incubation & Launch Business & Technology
4 Producing the Record: Side B Production
4 Artists & Audiences in Historical Context Writing, History, & Emergent Media
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Elective Course(s) Electives
18 = Total Credits  

JUNIOR YEAR - FALL or SPRING (Study Abroad in Berlin)

2 Conversations in the Global Music Business Business & Technology
2 Popular Music in Germany Writing, History, & Emergent Media
6 German Language Course Liberal Arts
2 Creative Experiments with Emerging Music Technologies Elective
2 Business or Production or Technology Elective (Experiments in the Future of Record Producing) Elective(s) or Liberal Arts
14 = Total Credits  

JUNIOR YEAR - Fall or SPRING

2 Writing About Popular Music
Writing, History, & Emergent Media
2 Technology Elective Business & Technology
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Elective Course(s) Electives
18 = Total Credits  

SENIOR YEAR - FALL

2 Professional Development
(+ Recitation)
Business & Technology
2 Industry Internship Business & Technology
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
6 Elective Course(s) Electives
14 = Total Credits  

SENIOR YEAR - SPRING

0 Professional Development Mentorship Business & Technology
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Elective Course(s) Electives
12 = Total Credits