Colleges with Audio Engineering Majors: How to Choose

Audio engineering is the term for recording, processing and reproducing sound, particularly in a studio setting with musicians. Bachelor's degree programs in audio engineering are available through music schools or as part of some engineering programs.

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An audio engineering undergraduate degree is offered as either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts through music schools and select colleges and universities. Certain schools may also offer similar programs under different titles, such as music production engineering or recording technology.

10 Audio Engineering Schools

The following private and public schools offer bachelor's degree programs in audio engineering:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Full Sail University Winter Park, FL 4-year, Private $23,117
SAE Expression College Emeryville, CA 4-year, Private $23,747
Belmont University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private $30,000
John Hopkins Peabody Institute Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private $48,710
American University Washington, District of Columbia 4-year, Private $43,103
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 4-year, Public $8,080 (In-state) $24,808 (Out-of-state)
University of Michigan School of Music Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public $13,856 (In-state) $43,476 (Out-of-state)
Columbia College - Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, Private $24,344
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA 4-year, Private $34,970
Ohio University Athens, OH 4-year, Public $11,548 (In-state) $20,512 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for an audio engineering school:

  • Determine whether to focus more on the engineering or the music component of this degree; different programs are offered through different departments and have varying core requirements which point to a focus in either music or engineering.
  • Choose a school which has ample internship opportunities with recording companies, allowing students to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Seek out information regarding grants and scholarship programs for students to offset the cost of tuition, which can be very high at some of the well-known, private schools offering this degree.
  • Look for programs with up-to-date technology, software and recording studios.

Bachelor's Degree in Audio Engineering Overview

A bachelor's degree in audio engineering trains students how to operate and maintain digital and analog equipment used for recording, reproducing and reinforcing music. The program typically culminates in a capstone project and internship. Typical coursework includes topics like studio production, live recording and remixing and post-production techniques.

Students can find 4-year public and private institutions across the country that offer bachelor's degree programs in audio engineering. When choosing a program to attend students should consider internship opportunities, program concentrations and financial aid.

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