FAQ

Admissions

Should I apply to the Sonic Arts program and CUNY at the same time or in a specific order?
Since the potential candidate must be accepted by both the College and the Music and Audio Technology program to start the program, the order of application submissions is the applicant’s choice.

Who is on the Sonic Art Center’s Selection Committee?
The Committee is comprised of three faculty members from the Center and three faculty members from the Music Department.

What is the Selection Committee looking for in a candidate?
We’re looking for prospective candidates who have the potential to successfully complete our program. A candidate needs to demonstrate their creativity, musicality, technical facility, and possess a good academic record.

If I’m not accepted into the program do I have another opportunity to apply?
Yes, we allow prospective candidates to apply to the program twice.

Can I find out why the Selection Committee rejected my candidacy and how best to improve my chances a second time?
Yes, we can send you that information to you upon request.

Is an audition on an instrument or voice part of the Sonic Arts Center’s application process?
No. The Selection Committee assesses a candidate’s musical skills through the required Recorded Examples.

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Transfer Students

I have taken audio technology classes at another college. Will these these credits transfer? Will they allow me to start at a higher level in your audio technology class sequence?
The Center is committed to graduating students who have equivalent experiences and skills in audio technology. In order to accomplish this all of the students must have the bulk of their training here at the Sonic Arts Center. Therefore, we only allow students to be placed up to the first semester of the second year in the audio technology class sequence. To view this sequence please go to the Music and Audio Technology Course Requirements section of the Degree Program page.

Audio technology transfer credits can only be applied to the two audio technology classes from the first year and the prerequisite course Music 21700. All other audio technology credits will be accepted as elective credits.

Who makes the decision about placements into the first or second year of the audio technology class sequence?
The Selection Committee will make that decision once your application has passed a successful review.

I have taken music classes at another college. Will these these credits transfer? Will they allow me to start at a higher level in your music classes?
The music department provides placement exams in Theory and Musicianship in order to accurately place a transfer student into our Theory and Musicianship sequence of classes. Departmental transfer credit will be granted based on this placement exam. Credit transfers for classes in music history, performance, arranging, etc. will be decided by the Music Department Chair.

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Evaluations

Should I provide more than minimum number of two evaluations?
The more professional audio practitioners and teachers that can speak on your behalf the better. But don’t forget: we only accept a maximum of four evaluations!

Do the evaluators have to use your form or can they just send in a letter?
They must use the form since it contains other information and evaluation questions that may not be included in their letter.

Can I send a sealed evaluation letter in my application packet?
No. We want to insure that the evaluation is completely confidential. This will allow the evaluator to create the most accurate assessment.

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Tours of the Center

Do you have group or individual tours of the Center?
We do individual tours by appointment since we think it’s important to have time to see the studios and spend time with a staff member who can answer your questions.

How do I sign up for a tour of the Center?
Send an email to: sacinfo@ccny.cuny.edu and request a tour.

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Prerequisite Classes

Do I need to take the prerequisite class if I already have the appropriate level of music and audio technology to apply?
No. Prerequisite classes are available to prospective candidates who do NOT have the appropriate level of music and/or audio technology to apply.

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Studio Time

Students are provided six hours of permanent lab time per week per audio technology course during the semester. That’s over ninety hours of studio time per semester for each audio technology course. However, since our facilities are open 24/7 students can sign up for additional time using our Flex Time schedule.

Will I have my own studio time or do I have to share it with other students?
The majority of your studio time is individual. However there are times when you will share studio time with other students if you’re working on a group project or are involved in a recording that requires a team of engineers and a producer.

How is a student’s studio time determined? Does a students studio schedule change each week?
At the beginning of the semester we ask each student to submit all of the free time they have available during the week. This includes weekends and evenings since we are open 24/7. A master schedule is then created that remains the same for each week of the semester.

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Internships

Are internships available?
Sonic Arts students are required to enroll in two internships while they are in the program.  Our Internship Coordinator works with our students to help them prepare their resumes, sharpen  their interview skills, and expose them to the expectations and practices of the professional workplace.

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