Technology Program FAQ
General Program Entry Information:
Citrus College's Assessment testing is required for applicants
planning to enroll in five or more units at any point. We recommend
the following tests for successful completion of the program.
- English assessment exam
- Math assessment exam
- Reading assessment exam
- ESL assessment exam
- Writing Sample essay exam
Go to the main Citrus site for more information from the Testing
There are 3 prerequisites as listed on the Class
Listing page and 2 suggested classes depending on a student's
After completing the prerequisites, there is an interview process.
We are interested in not only the grades in the prerequisite classes,
but also your musical background and technical background (any recording
equipment you own or use and computer skills, both general computer
knowledge and audio/midi specific programs).
The block program has one section of 24 students starting each
Fall and Spring Semester. Classes are Monday through Friday and
generally scheduled between 9 AM and 5 PM with some lab times being
later or on weekends.
The prerequisites are available Spring and Fall semesters.
The block program begins each Spring and Fall Semester. The interviews
are held after the previous semester.
See the main Citrus College
website for specific start dates.
The tuition costs for prereqs and both semesters are roughly $2000
for California Residents (43 units at $46/unit, unit cost subject to change). Non-California and International are roughly
$9-10,500. Please see the Admissions page on the main Citrus
College site for specifics. Books and other fees are additional.
There are 11 units of prerequisite classes and 36 units of classes
in the one year (two semester) block program.
There are other fees listed on the main Citrus College site - Enrollment
You can expect around $400 worth of books for the program.
Each student will also be required to purchase a hard drive, headphones,
cdr's and a usb memory stick for your use during the program. We
will provide the specifications upon acceptance to the block program.
For more information about Citrus College, admissions and financial
aid, see the main Citrus
International Students should look at the International
Student page on the main Citrus College website for more information
General Program Outline:
The program takes you from the basics of audio through to working
in the two main studios.
The first semester is primarily spent working in our ProTools/MIDI
Lab and a small studio meant to teach the basics of recording, from
mic placement to mixdown in a less demanding environment.
The second semester is spent mostly in the two main studios on
the Solid Stage Logic Duality and C200 consoles (see
Studio page) with projects focusing on album production and
audio for video including surround sound. The Digital Audio Technology
class is an intense ProTools class with projects designed to teach
you the full capabilities of ProTools.
There is no housing on campus but there are resources for finding
housing for out-of-state or international students.
Student use of the studios is for projects only, no personal projects
(either main studios or ProTools lab). If a student has a personal
project, the studios are available for rental (there are no discounts
We have a thriving alumni community that helps other grads find
employment. About 40% of our graduates work in Los Angeles at major
studios including The Record Plant, Sony Pictures, Firehouse Studio,
Ocean Way, Larrabee, Track Record, Capitol, Sage & Sound, Royaltone,
The Village, Paramount Recording, Westlake Audio, and post-production
houses including Ascent Media, Chace Productions, Encore Hollywood,
Keep Me Posted, Oracle Post, Post Logic Studios, Paramount Studios,
Warner Brothers Studios, Pop Sound, Wilshire Stage, E-Films and
at NARAS (the Grammy's).
For more information about the program, call 626.914.8580 or email.