Certificate Information

Certificate Advisor

Drew Conrad

General Certificate Programs FAQ

Become a Part of Our Success!

Our certificate grads may join the UCLA Alumni Association. As an Alumni member, you’re eligible to share your knowledge with Extension’s community as a:

  • TEDxUCLA Speaker
  • Instructor
  • Guest Lecturer

Join Today

Program Details

Independent Music Production Certificate


Estimated Tuition Candidacy Fees Action
$6,200.00 $200.00
Designed for independent artists, lyric writers, composers, and music producers, the Independent Music Production Certificate prepares students to work on the creative side of the music industry, writing, producing, and recording music in their home studio and marketing it themselves. This program covers the music business, songwriting, and producing encompassing not only the creative skills needed for projects from inception to finish, but also the marketing skills needed to promote and sell completed works independently.

BMI proudly supports the Independent Music Production Certificate program.

The program is open to enrollment in any quarter for both domestic and F-1 Visa students.

Courses marked with a plus ("+") should be completed within the first two quarters of study. For the award students must complete a total of 36 units. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in each class in order to be counted toward successful completion of the certificate program.


  • SU=Summer
  • FA=Fall
  • WI=Winter
  • SP=Spring
Use the grid displayed below to check for typical availability.
Required  Units Typical Availability
MUSIC X 440 Create and Produce Your Own Music Project 4.00 FA SP
MUSIC X 441.3 Audio Recording Theory + 4.00 FA SP
MUSIC X 448.6 The Record Production Process: Professional Practices 4.00 SU WI
MUSIC X 448.80 Do-It-Yourself Music Marketing 4.00 FA WI SP
MUSIC X 451 Entrepreneurship for the Indie Artist 4.00 SU WI
Production Software (4.00 units from the following list) Units Typical Availability
MUSIC X 479.12 Introduction to Pro Tools + 4.00 SU FA WI SP
MUSIC X 480 Introduction to Logic Pro + 4.00 SU FA WI SP
Songwriting (4.00 units from the following list) Units Typical Availability
MUSIC X 401.5 Elements of Hit Songwriting 4.00 SU
MUSIC X 404.1 Writing Lyrics That Succeed and Endure 4.00 WI
MUSIC X 404.4 Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriting Workshop 4.00 SP
MUSIC X 409.8 Professional Songwriting for the Commercial Market: A Weekly Workout 4.00 FA
Suggested Electives (8.00 units from the following list) Units Typical Availability
MUSIC X 415.3 Making Your Mark in Music: Stage Performance Secrets 4.00 WI
MUSIC X 446.2 A&R: Making Music from Acquisition to Release 4.00 SU WI
MUSIC X 447.22 Beyond the Creative: What You Need to Know about the Business of Music 4.00 FA SP
MUSIC X 447.31 The Insider's Guide to Music Management 4.00 FA SP
MUSIC X 448.17 Music Publishing: Law and Business 4.00 FA
MUSIC X 448.14B The Art and Craft of Music Mixing 4.00 FA SP
MUSIC X 448.35 Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business 4.00 SU WI
MUSIC X 448.81 Music Publishing: A Creative and Business Perspective 4.00 SP
MUSIC X 448.86 Touring, Tour Accounting, and Merchandising 4.00 SU WI
MUSIC X 449.2 Music Licensing: Turning Talent into Dollars 4.00 SU WI
MUSIC X 451.4 Advanced Digital Marketing Workshop 4.00 FA
MUSIC X 484.31 Music Supervision for Film and Television 4.00 FA SP
MGMNT X 448.84 Copyright Law in the Entertainment Industry 4.00 SU WI
MUSIC X 499 Music Industry Internship 4.00 SU FA WI SP


Students must complete 8 elective units from the above list or other Art and Business of Music courses numbered X 400-490. New electives are added regularly.

Estimated Cost

Candidacy Fee: $200.00

Estimated Program Tuition: $6,200.00

Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $550.00

Estimated Total Cost: $6,950.00

Materials: students must have access to a project studio where they can create and record their demos. Computer hardware and software are available at a discount from the UCLA Store.

International Students: Apply Here


Contact: Drew Conrad, (310) 825-9064 or entertainmentstudies@uclaextension.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: Yes
   TOEFL/IELTS Score Required: 83 /6.5
   Estimated Duration (Full-Time pace): 3 quarters
   Valid quarter starts for full-time study _Summer _Fall _Winter _Spring
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 12 quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Program ID: CF554

Additional Information

Please note: candidacy and application fees are not transferable or refundable.

Students in certificate programs may repeat once for credit only those courses in which they receive a grade of C-, D, F, NP, or U. A course in which a grade of C-, D or F has been earned may not be repeated for credit on a Passed/Not Passed basis. No more than a single instance of earned credit for any course will count toward minimum unit requirements for completing a certificate program, or for assessing continuing progress with respect to financial aid, or the status of international students on F1 visas.

All certificate programs at UCLA Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. If you would like to refine your English language proficiency prior to beginning one of our programs, we offer English as a Second Language programs and an array of classes in Communication and Learning Skills.

UCLA Extension may change the content and course requirements of a certificate program at any time. To prevent being impacted by possible changes in the course requirements, students are encouraged strongly to enroll in the certificate of their choice as early as possible following their selection of a program. Only those whose paid certificate application fees have been accepted are assured of completion of a certificate under its current requirements. Courses within the curriculum are expected to be completed by the end of normal candidacy which is cited above. Candidacies can be renewed under certain circumstances. Students with older records may be required to repeat material to ensure its relevance.

Students who complete their curriculum with an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the notation "earned with distinction" posted to their transcript and printed on their certificates. For other information about candidacies and the service environment, see about certificate candidacy.

UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program was developed and is administered in accordance with regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

For the prospective international student seeking an F1 visa to enter the U.S., either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), or the International English Language Testing System ’s (IELTS) exam will be required if English is not his or her first language. The minimum requirements can vary from program to program. See above for the minimum score required for admission to study in this program. Students with a score of 83 to 100 on TOEFL (or 6.5 to 7 on IELTS) will be required upon arrival to take a supplementary exam (the English as a Second Language Placement Exam , or ESLPE) administered at UCLA for assignment in one of two levels of supplementary English language courses. Students who score higher than 100 on the TOEFL, (or higher than 7 on IELTS), or who are native English speakers, are exempt from taking the ESLPE and from supplementary English language instruction.

International students on F1 visas are required by U.S. law to enroll full-time (12 units per quarter) in courses that lead to the award of their certificate. To both meet this requirement and to progress in a structured curriculum, international students may be required to supplement their term study list with elective courses, and ultimately to graduate with more than the minimum units or courses otherwise required. We recommend you contact the advisor listed above if you have any questions about the duration of study.

Explore. Experience. Expand.