Top School in San Francisco for Recording Arts Training

Few schools in the San Francisco, CA, area have top ranking recording arts programs. Read on to find out what one school has to offer in the recording arts, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Info

In the San Francisco, CA, area, recording arts programs can be found at seven schools within 40 miles of the city, including four community colleges and three private, for-profit schools. The community college featured in this article was chosen not only for its cutting-edge content and range of programs, but also for its open admissions policy, which provides nearly all interested applicants with the chance to pursue training in the recording arts.

  • Winner: Foothill College is located about 40 miles from San Francisco in Los Altos Hills, CA. The college's Fine Arts and Communication Division offers certificate programs in music technology and ProTools and an Associate of Arts in Music Technology.

School Info Chart

Category Foothill College
Location Los Altos Hills, CA
School Type 2-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $1,536 (in-state); $8,016 (out-of-state)*
Recording Arts Awards Offered Certificates and associate's
Recording Arts Certificates and Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 20*
Most Popular Recording Arts Programs in 2013 Associate's (12)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 entering class 62%*
Noteworthy Recording arts facilities and relevant extra-curricular activities

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Foothill College

  • Full equipped, state-of-the-art recording facilities
  • Music courses are offered during the day, at night and online
  • Music Appreciation Club and Science and Engineering Association

Foothill College enrolls nearly 15,000 students annually, and it awarded over 1,100 certificates and degrees during the 2013-2013 school year, including some in music technology and Pro Tools. The Music Department at Foothill College offers both traditional and online courses, as well as practical training in state of the art recording facilities. Classrooms in the music department are equipped with musical instruments, recording equipment, computers and the latest music software programs. The department offers degree and certificate programs in music technology and a certificate in Pro Tools.

Students who pursue a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate of Arts in Music Technology complete 35.5 and 90 units of coursework respectively. Core coursework includes topics in digital audio, recording, sound design and the use of Pro Tools. The 36-unit Certificate of Achievement in Pro Tools program focuses on the use of recording hardware and software, through which students learn to record, edit, mix and master music with multi-track recorders and plug-ins. Additional programs include three different Certificates of Proficiency in Pro Tools that require 16-20 units to complete; 4-unit Skills Certificates in Music Technology and Pro Tools are also available.


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