Top Schools for Recording Arts

Get an overview of degree programs in the recording arts, which can be found at several U.S. colleges and universities. Check out the programs found at three leading schools, as well as those offered by other institutions across the country.

School Information

All three of the schools highlighted below offer majors in audio technology or the recording arts; individual schools may allow for on-campus opportunities in studio sound work or the chance to study abroad. Learning outcomes include the ability to operate current audio equipment and produce all genres of music.

1. Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY

School Highlight: The sound engineering technology program includes an internship and a final project where the student produces and mixes a sound recording.

Ithaca College ranked #9 on the U.S. News and World Report list of best regional universities in the North in 2015. This university offers a bachelor's degree program in sound recording technology for aspiring musicians and audio engineers. Once enrolled, future professionals receive training in the basic recording, mixing and engineering techniques used in the recording arts industry. Classes also include topics in music, theater arts and physics, and students often work as on-campus sound engineers.

2. Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA

School Highlight: Program alumni have won Academy Awards and Emmy Awards for sound re-recording and sound editing.

The recording arts major prepares future professionals to work in film and television sound, as well as music production and engineering. Students become familiar with the importance of sound design and its impact on visual, moving images, as well as learn how to create sounds of their own. They also have the opportunity to improve their technical skills in the studio and develop their creative art and media abilities.

3. American University in Washington, DC

School Highlight: The university offers different performing arts groups to choose from within the student body, such as Choral/Vocal, Instrumental, Jazz, Dance, and Theatre.

American University, a private university in the nation's capitol, ranked #72 on the U.S. News and World Report list for best national universities in 2016. Students interested in recording arts programs may choose between a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production and Bachelor of Science in Audio Technology. Both programs provide students with studio training in the use of essential computer software and hardware equipment found in the audio and entertainment industries. Qualified graduates may pursue careers as sound technicians and producers. Also, there is a Minor and a M.A. in Audio Technology, in addition to a Graduate Certificate in Audio Production.

Top Recording Arts Degree Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Bates Technical College The curriculum for the broadcasting program is approved by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Tacoma, WA
Full Sail University Recording arts program was established in 1979 Winter Park, FL
Cypress College Program focuses on both technical and creative sides of the industry, offering hands-on training and access to current software Cypress, CA
Fresno City College FCC is the first and only college in the Fresno area to feature a Commercial Music program Fresno, CA
Elon University Students can gain valuable work experience through internship opportunities with places like recording studios, performance venues and record labels Elon, NC
Lee College Students learn to work in a professional mixing and recording studio Baytown, TX
Long Beach City College Curriculum includes studio time to help develop skills, as well as a work experience Long Beach, CA

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