Is there anything better than live music? If you want to make the magic happen, think of this certificate as an all-access pass.
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Live Production
Program Number: 902063CERT
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Arts, Design and Humanities
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
17 Credits | Finish in 1 year
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$2,575.00 Tuition
$243.57 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    ​The Live Production certificate at Madison College offers you an opportunity to learn about some of the unique and little-known jobs in the live music/concert industry, including sound, video & light engineering.

    As a student in the Live Production certificate, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Take a peek behind the curtain of the concert industry to discover what it takes to produce a live event.  Professionals from various disciplines in the live music industry will share their knowledge about what type of jobs are available and the skills you’ll need to access those jobs successfully.
    • Learn from industry professionals who will serve as guest lecturers.  Interact in the classroom as they share their technical skills and knowledge about what it takes to succeed in this nontraditional industry.
    • Learn how to create project management plans that address employer and customer needs
    • Apply classroom knowledge by training on state-of-the-art sound and light equipment at Madison area equipment suppliers.
    • Tour local music venues like the Sylvee, Orpheum, and Majestic Theater to talk to industry professionals and watch them in action. 

    Program Details

    Students in MATC's Live Production certificate can attend part-time.

    Live Production certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Once you've earned your certificate in Live Production from Madison College, you will be qualified for valuable work, including:

    • Event Manager
    • Production Manager
    • Sound Engineer
    • Live Sound Technician
    • Lighting Designer
    • Lighting Technician
    • Audio/Visual Tech
    • Video Production Tech
    • Video Technician
    • Event Producer
    Be part of the show
    Learn from industry professionals
    about live recording, audio and lighting techniques


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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    3 credits
  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

      Fall Application Dates

      • Application opens on February 1, 2023
      • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2023

        Additional Notes

        • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
        • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
        • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

        After Acceptance

        Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

        Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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      • Career Outcomes

        After completing the Live Production certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

        • Apply sound, lighting, and video engineering principles to events in all aspects of the live music industry.
        • Demonstrate to potential employers your proficiency in the use of current software, techniques, and tools.
        • Develop and execute a project management plan.
        • Work with other professionals to successfully produce live events in a variety of venues.


      Ready to get started?
      Your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply, so get started today!
      Contact the School of Business and Applied Arts

      Madison Truax Campus
      Main Building, D3631

      1701 Wright Street
      Madison, Wisconsin 53704
      608.246.6003 (Ext. 8)


      Summer Service Hours

      • Monday – Wednesday: 9 am - 3 pm In-Person, 8 am - 4 pm Virtual
      • Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm Virtual Only
      • Friday: 8 am - 12 pm Virtual Only