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

FIRST YEAR - FALL

0 Creativity in Context Colloquium
4 How the Contemporary Music Business Works Business & Technology
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
2-4 Liberal Arts or Elective Course(s) Liberal Arts or Electives
16-18 = Total Credits  

FIRST YEAR - SPRING

0 Professional Development: Working with an Industry Mentor I Business & Technology
4 Creative Music Entrepreneurs in Historical Context Writing, History, & Emergent Media
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
2-4 Liberal Arts or Elective Course(s) Liberal Arts or Electives
16-18  = Total Credits  

SECOND YEAR - FALL

4 How Music Marketing Works: Building Your Audience, Clients, and Customer Base Business & Technology
4 Producing the Record: Side A Production
2 Producing Music with Software & Midi Production
4 Writing the Hit Song Musicianship & Performance
2-4 Liberal Arts or Elective Course(s) Liberal Arts or Electives
16-18 = Total Credits  

SECOND YEAR - SPRING

0 Professional Development: Working with an Industry Mentor II 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
4-6 Liberal Arts or Elective Course(s) Liberal Arts or Electives
16-18 = Total Credits  

THIRD YEAR - Mandatory Study Abroad FALL (showing priority study abroad program in Berlin)

2 Conversations in the Global Music Business: From Cryptocurrency to Big Data to Surviving the Future Business & Technology
2 Classic Albums: The Berlin/Germany Edition Writing, History, & Emergent Media
4 German Language Course Liberal Arts
6-8 Recorded Music Electives (in Performance, Production, and/or Technology) and/or Liberal Arts course(s) Elective(s) and/or Liberal Arts
14-16 = Total Credits  

THIRD YEAR - SPRING

2 Mastering the Emergent Media Landscape: Professionalizing Your Writing & Storytelling Skills Writing, History, & Emergent Media
4 Developing A Business Plan For Your Music Venture Business & Technology
2 Worldmaking & Ethics: Transforming the Music Business through Activism & Social Justice Leadership Business & Technology
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4-6 Liberal Arts or Elective Course(s) Liberal Arts or Electives
16-18 = Total Credits  

FOURTH YEAR - FALL

2 Developing a Business Pitch For Your Music Venture Business & Technology
2 Internship / Service Learning Business & Technology / Internship
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Liberal Arts Couse Liberal Arts
4-6 Elective Course(s) Electives
16-18 = Total Credits  

FOURTH YEAR - SPRING

0 Professional Development: Working with an Industry Mentor IV Business & Technology
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
4 Liberal Arts Course Liberal Arts
6-10 Elective Course(s) Electives
14-18 = Total Credits