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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Technology Certificate

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About the Certificate

The Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, in collaboration with two of its own programs, Division of Music and the Department of Theatre along with the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, have developed a certificate program in Music Technology. This timely program will add depth to the university’s offerings in technology and also speak to the need by many students to continue their study of music while at Purdue. Students will take essential courses in electronic music synthesis, recording practices, computer-based music notation and music history and theory courses. Upon completion of this certificate, students will have a theoretical and practical understanding of how music is made today using electronic instruments, computers, and other essential technologies. A program like this adds depth and awareness to any academic major and may offer new insights into future research and creative impulses.

Requirements for the Certificate (21 credits)


  • Students do not need any previous knowledge or experience in music to complete this program.
  • At least 50% of credits for the CLA certificate must be from Purdue University.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Prerequisite Information

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