Recording Arts Certificate and Degree Programs in Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN, has two colleges, roughly 50 miles from its downtown, that offer recording arts programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission policies and find out which school is the right one for you.

Indianapolis, IN, Schools with Recording Arts Programs

Students who are interested in a career in the recording arts can find programs at one private and one public university in the Indianapolis area. Continue reading to learn more about the programs, and use the accompanying table to compare some important school information.

  • Butler University offers a bachelor's degree program in recording industry studies. At 5.7 miles, this university is the closest to downtown Indianapolis.
  • Indiana University - Bloomington, located about 52 miles southwest of Indianapolis, offers both associate and bachelor's degree programs in the recording arts. Both schools' programs teach students to work with digital sound recording and mixing equipment at the professional level.

Comparison of Schools

Use the table below to compare the undergraduate tuition at the private and public universities highlighted above. Notable differences also include school sizes and settings.

Butler University Indiana University - Bloomington
School Type 4-year; private 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014) 4,848* 46,416*
Campus Setting Large city Small city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $37,010* $10,388 in-state; $33,741 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 93%* 71%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 68%* 76%*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 90% full-time* 89% full-time; 50% part-time*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2008) 78%* 72% (16% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Butler University

The College of Communication at Butler University offers a Creative Media and Entertainment program in which students can learn about video, audio and multimedia production. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience as part of the Butler Recording Industry Club. Each year, recording club members find talent, produce a CD and organize live concerts on campus.

Bachelor of Arts in Recording Industry Studies

This 4-year program allows recording arts majors to explore all aspects of the recording industry. Students take courses in media law and business along with classes in sound recording theory, audio production and technology. The curriculum prepares graduates for recording arts careers in music, television and film. Students must complete an independent study and participate in a practicum.

Indiana University

Students enrolled in Recording Arts Department programs at Indiana University gain hands-on experience by assisting professional crews with the set-up and production of live events at the college.

Associate of Science in Recording Arts

This 60-credit program combines general education with recording arts courses. Students learn about recording technique and theory by taking courses in electronics, production techniques and audio repair. They also take classes in music theory and music listening or literature. Additionally, the program requires completion of a final project, a recording arts seminar and an internship. Students put their knowledge into practice and apply their skills as part of the campus technical crew.

Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

This 4-year, 120-credit degree program features the same core curriculum as the associate's degree program, including the internship and crew assignments. However, students have the opportunity to take music-related electives in topics such as music theory and literature, musical skills, rock and roll history and music for film. Students in the bachelor's degree program also can pursue coursework in advanced sound reinforcement and topics in recording arts, in addition to completing a multi-track studio project and digital audio workstation seminar.

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