Audio-Visual Technology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Audio-visual technology programs provide education in the use of sounds and images for communication purposes, preparing students for careers in film, radio broadcasting and other multimedia-related industries. Read on to learn more about undergraduate programs in this field.

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Students can earn an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or undergraduate certificate in audio-visual technology or a closely related field. These programs are most commonly offered at community colleges and technical schools, but there are also four-year universities that offer relevant programs.

Schools with Audio-Visual Technology Programs

Audio-visual technology-related programs are available at the following schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Husson University Bangor, ME 4-year, Private Bachelor's $16,582
Omnitech Institute Atlanta, GA 2-year, Private for-profit Certificate $17,899
Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate $3,730(in-state)
$6,451 (out-of-state)
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH 2-year, Public Associate $3,825 (in-state)
$7,393 (out-of-state)
University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Humacao, PR 4-year, Public Associate $2,049 (in-state)
$4,071 (out-of-state)
Webster University Saint Louis, MO 4-year, Private Bachelor's $25,500
Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY 2-year, Public Certificate $5,188 (in-state)
$13,388 (out-of-state)
Mid-America Technology Center Wayne, OK 2-year, Private Certificate Contact school for costs

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing an audio-visual technology program:

  • It is important to check out a school's relevant facilities and equipment to make sure students have access to industry-standard audio equipment and computer software applications.
  • Students may want to find out if there are on-campus organizations, such as student-run radio stations and newspapers, where they can gain hands on experience.
  • It can be helpful to find out what kinds of careers graduates pursue when they finish.
  • The program curricula may vary. Some focus more heavily on the audio aspects of the field. There are also programs that focus more heavily on either the technological or artistic areas of production; students must choose between them based on their academic interests and career goals.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in audio-visual technology and production provide basic training in the creation and editing of sounds and visual graphics. Students learn through a combination of theoretical coursework and hands-on studio experience, and they also fulfill general education requirements. Most programs take two years to complete, and they award either an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in audio-visual technology give students a more comprehensive overview of the field of sound and image production. Students can find Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs in digital film with an emphasis in production, as well as Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in film and video that focus on the more artistic aspects of the field. For students interested in audio technology, there are many Bachelor of Science (BS) programs available, but it is important to note that visual studies are not included within the major curriculum.

Certificate Programs

Like associate's degree programs, certificate programs cover the basics of the field, but they do not include general education coursework. There are also schools that offer specialized certificates in specific subfields of audio-visual technology, such as computer programming, game design and motion graphics, as well as particular software applications, such as Visual Basic. These programs can be helpful for individuals who plan to pursue a career in the field as well as working professionals who want to hone a particular skill.

A number of schools offer undergraduate degrees or certificates in audio/video programs. Students can make their decision based on factors such as the program's curriculum and the school's facilities.

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