School and Ranking Info
Aspiring recording arts professionals in the Santa Monica, CA, area can find programs at nearly a dozen career schools and colleges. One of two universities in the area offering a relevant course of study, the top school was chosen for the depth of its program, high regional ranking and internship opportunities for students.
- Winner: Loyola Marymount University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that not only ranked within the top five regional universities in the West for 2015, it also made The Princeton Review's edition of 'The Best 379 Colleges' for the same year. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts through its School of Film and Television.
School Info Chart
|Category||Loyola Marymount University|
|Rankings||#3 among Regional Universities in the West (2015)*|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $40,265**|
|Recording Arts Degree Awards Offered||Bachelor's|
|Recording Arts Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||11**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||76%**|
|Noteworthy||University alumni have worked on major film and television productions|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
Loyola Marymount University
- Recording arts program allows for concentrations in music engineering and production or film and television sound; a dual emphasis also available
- Recording arts majors can collaborate with animation, film and screenwriting students
- Students majoring in the recording arts have access to internships and entry-level employment
- Student film festivals
Loyola Marymount University offers over 50 degree programs to approximately 9,660 students a year. The university maintains an 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio; faculty members have included a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners. The university's School of Film and Television offers undergraduate degree programs in film and television production or studies, animation, screenwriting and the recording arts, the latter of which can prepare students for careers in sound design, editing and mixing.
In the Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts program, students learn how to capture and modify sound recordings while using music and sound effects to enhance film and other media. They gain an understanding of the techniques used within sound recording, editing, production and design by working in a variety of sound stage and studio locations. Upper-division coursework covers topics in live and studio recording, the nature of sound, the music business and music for the movies.