Arlington Audio Production Schools
While there are no audio production programs in Arlington, relevant training can be found at three area schools that offer programs in digital media arts, recording technology or video technology. More details about the programs can be found in the school summaries below. See the accompanying table for information about campus settings, enrollment and tuition, among other factors.
- North Lake College is 20 miles from downtown Arlington and offers audio production training through its associate's program in video technology.
- Cedar Valley College is located about 22 miles from Arlington and offers audio-related courses in its recording technology program, which can lead to a certificate or an associate's degree.
- Students at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University can pursue audio production training through the bachelor's program in digital media arts. This school is 27 miles from Arlington.
Comparison of Schools
Use this table to compare vital school statistics at the private university and two public colleges featured in this article. Note that while both the colleges have open admissions, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University is highly selective.
|North Lake College||Cedar Valley College||Southwestern Assemblies of God University|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||10,953*||7,443*||2,162*|
|Campus Setting||Midsized city||Rural||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*||$19,994*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||64%*||79%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||28%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||63% for full-time students; 46% for part-time students*||54% for full-time students; 33% for part-time students*||72% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||14% (18% transfer-out rate) for students who began in Fall 2014*||19% (18% transfer-out rate) for students who began in Fall 2014*||44% (16% transfer-out rate) for students who began in Fall 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
North Lake College
North Lake College is part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and offers career and educational opportunities in art, business, sports science and technology. The Arts Department features programs in such areas as computer graphics, photography, music and video technology.
Associate in Applied Science in Video Technology
The video technology program at North Lake College prepares students for a variety of careers within the film and video industry, including audio production. Courses cover topics in production, lighting, editing, video graphics and broadcast engineering. The program also includes audio/radio production courses. Students can participate in a number of internships through local production companies and apply what they learned in the classroom to a professional environment.
Cedar Valley College
Part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Cedar Valley College offers academic programs in music, drama, biology, sociology, chemistry, humanities and more. Students who are interested in music careers can pursue programs in performing, music business, composing and recording technology. The college has five full-time music faculty and 15 adjunct faculty members.
Certificate in Commercial Music - Recording Technology
Students at Cedar Valley College have the option to pursue either a 1-year or 2-year recording technology certificate. The 1-year certificate program can be completed in two semesters and requires 21 credits. Students in this program take two courses in audio engineering; other course topics include commercial recording techniques, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and music business. The 2-year certificate program is 39 credits; students take many of the same courses as students in the 1-year program, but they also complete an additional two courses in audio engineering.
Associate in Applied Science in Recording Technology
The Associate in Applied Science in Recording Technology is a minimum of 60 credits. Students take the same courses that are offered in the certificate program; however, they must complete additional general education requirements. The associate's degree also offers students an opportunity to complete a radio and television cooperative education component.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU)
SAGU is a Christian university that offers more than 60 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can pursue programs through the College of Arts and Professions and the College of Bible and Church Ministries. The Communication Arts Department features programs in media, communications, digital media and theatre. Audio courses are offered through the digital media bachelor's degree program.
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts
Students enrolled in the digital media arts program are required to complete 126 credits. Core courses ensure that students have an understanding of the church and media, scriptwriting and rhetorical studies in film, as well as communications theory, history and ethics. Audio training is offered through a specialized course in audio production and aesthetics. Students also learn about editing, production and broadcasting.