Best Audio Engineering and Production Colleges: List of Top Schools

Learn about audio engineering and production programs, which can typically be found at the undergraduate level through a college music department. Find information about degree options and courses at three noteworthy universities, as well as a handy table that lists other schools around the country that offer programs in audio engineering and technology.

School Information

Each of the three universities profiled below offers bachelor's degree programs in audio production or technology. Unique to the individual programs are opportunities for an internship, a minor or a specialization. Learning outcomes include the ability to record, mix and master music from both technical and creative angles.

1. American University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: Kreeger Building at this university houses three recording rooms, post-production, mixing, and digital audio rooms.

AU's College of Arts and Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Audio Production program that allows for the study of sound synthesis and studio management. Through specializations in communication or music, students can take courses in Web development, music history, digital imaging, harmony and musicianship.

The college also offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Audio Technology with specializations in computer science and physics. Students in this program take courses in sound synthesis, studio management, electronics and acoustics. Both the B.A. and B.S. programs offer the opportunity for an internship. The school also features a combined bachelor's and master's degree program in audio technology and audio production. Also offered is a minor and a M.A. in Audio Technology, and an Audio Production Graduate Certificate.

2. University of Denver in Denver, CO

School Highlight: Denver's Lamont School of Music houses 300 annual performances, as theatre, operas and ensembles.

DU offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Recording and Production through its Lamont School of Music, which can help students prepare for careers in sound engineering and music production. Program requirements include instrument training, along with clinical and classroom instruction. Students also take courses in music theory, analog synthesis and digital audio work. A B.A.

3. Belmont University in Nashville, TN

School Highlight: This school's College of Entertainment and Music Business offers four areas of study and three degrees at the undergraduate level, in addition to graduate degrees.

Belmont offers a B.S. or a B.A. in Audio Engineering Technology through its Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Both degree programs can prepare students for careers in music reproduction and recording. Audio engineering physics, electronics, hearing science and circuit theory are among the required courses. Additionally, students complete a minor in a career-related discipline.

Also offered, at the graduate level, is the M.S. as an Audio Engineering major and the M.B.A. degree program with specializations in music business and entertainment.

Top Audio Engineering and Production Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Carnegie Mellon UniversityOffers bachelor's and master's degree programs in music and technology Pittsburgh, PA
Georgia Institute of Technology Has master's and doctoral degree programs in music technology Atlanta, GA
New York University Audio teaching studio is among the most advanced audio facilities in the U.S.New York, NY
San Francisco State University Offers music business and audio engineering programs San Francisco, CA
University of HartfordOffers a bachelor's degree in acoustical engineering and music West Hartford, CT

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