There are relevant associate's and bachelor's degree programs for students who want to train to become sound technicians. Educational opportunities can be found at two-year community colleges and technical schools as well as four-year public and private universities.
Schools With Sound Technician Programs
These are nine schools featuring various sound technician degree programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Butler University||Indianapolis, IN||4-year, Private||Bachelor's degree||$37,010|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's degree|| $13,856 for in-state
$43,476 for out-of-state
|College of the Ozarks||Point Lookout, MO||4-year, Private||Bachelor's degree||$18,730|
|Bossier Parish Community College||Bossier City, LA||2-year, Public||Associate's degree|| $4,070 for in-state
$8,580 for out-of-state
|Savannah College of Art and Design||Savannah, GA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's degree||$34,970|
|Shoreline Community College||Shoreline, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's degree|| $3,730 for in-state
$6,451 for out-of-state
|Husson University||Bangor, ME||4-year, Private||Bachelor's degree||$16,582|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||Cincinnati, OH||2-year, Public||Associate's degree|| $3,825 for in-state
$7,393 for out-of-state
|Webster University||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private||Bachelor's degree||$25,500|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Important considerations for students pursuing a sound technology degree include:
- Prospective students should find out about the school's recording facilities and computer labs in order to ensure that they will have access to top-notch sound equipment and industry-standard software applications.
- Students may want to find out if there are student-run radio stations or other media organizations on campus at which they can gain experience while still in school.
- It can be helpful to find out about internship and practicum options in the field, in order to make sure that they can get real-world experience at the kind of organization where they might like to work in the future.
- Prospective bachelor's degree students should find out if the school allows students to choose a particular specialization within the field of audio production, such as music or communications.
Associate's Degree Programs
In associate's degree programs in sound technology, audio engineering and related subjects, aspiring sound technicians are introduced to the basics of the field. Audio-related course topics include music technology, multimedia production and sound editing; students must also complete general education requirements. These two-year programs typically confer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Graduates may find entry-level sound technician positions or advance to bachelor's degree programs in related subjects.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Four-year bachelor's degree programs allow for more extensive studies of sound technologies. Students take more advanced courses in the electronic and musical aspects of audio production, and they may have the opportunity to complete an internship and/or practicum prior to graduation. Depending on the school, graduates may be awarded either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Associate's and bachelor's degrees are available from many schools in the United States to train individuals who want to become sound technicians. Enrollees should look for institutions with excellent hands-on training facilities and opportunities.