Independent Music Production

This certificate program will guide you through the ins and outs of independent music production.

This program is perfect for...

  • Artists
  • Songwriters
  • Composers
  • Music producers

What you can learn.

  • Writing, producing, and recording in a home studio
  • Marketing strategies and skills to promote and sell work independently
  • Independent songwriting and producing processes
  • Music business principles
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About this program.

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. The 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.

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What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MUSC X 441.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 448.6
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 440
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 448.80
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 451
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
Production Software
Select 1 production software course from the list below.
MUSC X 479.12
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 480
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Select 1 songwriting course from the list below.
Elective Courses
Complete 2 electives (8 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Music. Below is a list of suggested electives. 
Suggested Electives
MUSC X 441.5
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 415.3
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 446.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 447.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 448.17
Typically Offered: Fall
MUSC X 448.14B
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 448.35
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 448.81
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring
MUSC X 448.86
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 449.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 484.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 499
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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The program is open for enrollment in any quarter for both domestic and international students (F-1 student visa). 

Additional Required Materials: Music Production students must have access to a project studio where they can create and record their demos. Computer hardware and software is available at a discount for UCLA Extension certificate students at the UCLA Store.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in the music industry can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 12 units of program curriculum (3 courses) before completing the application for approval to enroll in an internship.

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The Certificate in Independent Music Production is approved for international students (F-1 student visa). 

International students may begin the certificate program in any quarter.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.


Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

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