If I understand your ask correctly, you want to double major in 1) Film, with a concentration in Radio Production, and 2) Theatre, with a concentration in Sound?
I’ve got a question for you… why the heck do you want to sell merchandise for artists?
If you are just looking for a way on tour, and figure that’s the easiest path, I understand. We’ve all been there. There’s a small percentage chance it could work. But if you double major in what you say you want to, you’ll potentially have so many crazy awesome opportunities available to you once you get your name out there and a couple years of experience under your belt, selling merchandise will seem like a distant, youthful desire.
Now I’m not shaming merchandise. But if you want to work in the sound department, why would you focus on becoming known as a merchandise seller?
One thing I wish everyone would understand: Your major in college does not dictate where you go from there. It really doesn’t. There are millions of people working in fields they did not study in college. There are millions of people who returned to school to study in a different field, in which they did end up working. There are people who never attended college and have their choice professions.
You don’t need your college to give you permission to take a music class. There are workshops, seminars, classes at community colleges, and so on, that will allow you to learn the information you may not have access to at your college. Going to school in Northridge, you’re close enough to Los Angeles that there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of every educational opportunity available in the city. There’ll be a lot of driving. There’ll be many sleepless nights. You’ll get tired. But it will all be worth it. And if it’s not, you’re aiming for the wrong goal.
You reach your end goal by not giving up. Ever. You want to intern at a record label? Apply to every single one, knock on every single door, until someone says yes. You want to do sound at a venue? Ask every single venue manager and theatre manager if you can intern and prove yourself, in exchange for future consideration when they’re looking for a sound person. Intern at a radio station. Radio Disney, KROQ, and other local LA stations are always looking. And most often you can receive college credit. Intern with non-profit organizations throwing benefit concerts. Ask to shadow their sound engineer. Always keep working, learning. Always be that person ready to go, reliable, and with a good attitude. People that can help you recognize a good work ethic when they see one, and they remember the people who are always there, ready to work, and pleasant to be around.
You are young and you have all the time and energy in the world. Don’t waste this opportunity.